Tyneside MP listens to frontline voices

February 20, 2015

Yesterday afternoon Emma Lewell-Buck, MP for South Shields, met with some of the people who’ve been involved in Voices from the Frontline.

She visited the Jigsaw Project (led by Depaul UK) in her constituency, and also met people connected to the Newcastle/Gateshead Big Lottery Fulfilling Lives project and the MEAM Approach work in Sunderland.

Over the course of the meeting, Emma heard from each of the attendees about their experiences of multiple needs, either first hand or as a frontline worker.

The meeting with Emma on Thursday afternoon

Together, they talked about how important it is that services understand people’s personal circumstances, and that they receive consistent support from the same staff.

Emma was keen to hear everyone’s suggestions about what the Labour Party – and politicians more generally – can do to help support people with multiple needs more effectively.  She also heard what the different organisations represented are already doing.

Thanks to Emma for agreeing to meet, and to everyone who took time to share their experiences. You can read a full description of what they discussed by Jonathon from our team, who organised the meeting.