Encouraging more people to get involved with their community

We are so lucky in West Oxfordshire to have so many volunteers and groups who want to get involved and make their local community a better place.  Since becoming your MP, I have made a strong effort to highlight all the fantastic work they do; it is these community groups that really are the glue that makes West Oxfordshire such an amazing place to live.  All too often, they are under the radar and many are not aware of the excellent work they do.

Each year I spend a week volunteering with different groups across our area, literally getting my hands dirty and helping out, getting to know the volunteers and those who rely on the services they provide.  I encourage you all to get out and see all the amazing things going on in our area and donating your time to help those around you. Read more about my 2017 volunteering week.


A brilliant young people's charity- Base 33

Base 33 provides a range of youth work interventions, both building based, and detached youth work to young people across West Oxfordshire. They have helped hundreds of young people in the last 15 years, in Witney and West Oxfordshire.  It was great to visit them today and meet everybody.

Witney Rotary TWIXT tea party

Rotary is an worldwide organisation with over a million members worldwide, doing valuable work in the areas of community, youth, vocational and international service.

Visiting Bridewell Organic Gardens

Bridewell Organic Gardens is an award-winning mental health charity on the outskirts of Witney in Oxfordshire, where they have a walled garden and vineyard.

Life saving blood

I spent a few minutes on Friday evening giving blood & urge anyone who can to do so.  It really does not take that long, but is critical for saving and supporting lives.