WE for HWB Newsletter Issue 10 - Women's Equality

WE for HWB - Issue 10

WE for HWB - Issue 10

4th July 2023

Dear Hatch Warren and Beggarwood residents
I hope you're well and have been enjoying the warmer weather (even though it's raining as I type this!). If this is your first issue, you can read archived issues of this newsletter here.
News in very brief
  • Our Green Week Roadshow, a joint effort with the local Green Party which saw us hit Chineham, Beggarwood and the town centre all in one day to talk about the environment, was great. Thank you everyone who came and talked to us about their priorities and ideas to make Basingstoke greener!
  • I volunteered at two drop-in smear test clinics for the CGHB Surgery group which really helped get a lot of people who were overdue for a vital check up through the door. 
  • We got 4,500 leaflets out to the ward in the first month after the election, letting people know that we weren't going anywhere and what our next plans would be! I know leaflets aren't always people's favourite thing to receive, but for many they're the only way they hear about their political options locally or learn about their representatives, so they are an important democratic communication tool.
  • Canvassing has already started again to connect with as many residents as possible throughout the year on local issues. Although I feel I know some of you very well, there are many many others I haven't managed to catch yet, so keep an eye out for us around the ward.
  • We had a record number of people to our June meeting to lay out plans for the year - there's room for everyone to get on board and help make change locally!
Upcoming stuff we're doing
  • Exciting news - we're holding a second round of our hugely successful 2021 event: 'Why Equality Is Better For Men, Too!' We'll be at the Holly Blue pub, hopefully in the garden under the sun, on Sunday 6th August from midday to 2pm. We'll have short talks on subjects ranging from male health to equal time with kids to equality breeding business success, with plenty of time for group discussion and questions. Our keynote speaker is Matthew Holman, the founding owner of Simpila Mental Health. The event will be listed on our Facebook page from next week - everyone and anyone is welcome to turn up and find out why equality is better for everyone, and why WE are here for men too! 
  • I'm in discussion with the Surgery about the gathering of vital data to ensure that no groups of people are falling through the cracks with any sort of testing, and to overcome any barriers that different groups may face. Watch this space to hear more! I'll also be helping out with upcoming menopause and baby immunisation clinics this summer; if you're interested in these and are a CGHB patient, check your surgery noticeboard and/or newsletter.
  • We're writing to every secondary school in Basingstoke this week to remind them about the upcoming women's World Cup in the wake of the Government changing the law on school sports equality. We were so delighted with this result which we campaigned for, we want to ensure that schools have all they need to put any necessary changes in place, and that's what we'll be checking in with schools about. If extra resources are required, that will be something that can form the next stage of our campaign.
  • We're offering the opportunity for Picnic and Politics sessions all summer. Do you know anyone who's heard about us and wants to know more, or have you chatted to your neighbours about our work? Let us know a time that works and we'll come over to answer questions and hear your thoughts over a sandwich or a drink in the lovely sunshine!
So it's been non-stop for us since the election and we're looking forward to seeing many of you either on the doorstep or at an event soon. Please get in touch with any thoughts, issues, concerns or ideas about the ward.
Very best wishes,
Stacy Hart
WE Basingstoke Branch Leader and HWB election candidate

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