Bath MP Wera Hobhouse recently discussed the inspirational work of Bath and North East Somerset’s Third Sector organisations during the pandemic in the Houses of Parliament.
3SG, Virgin Care, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Citizens Advice B&NES, Bath Mind and Developing Health and Independence (DHI), were all mentioned.
She said, “The most difficult times often demonstrate the power of people coming together. The creation of the Compassionate Community Hub had an incredible response. Thousands of Bathonian’s signed up to help vulnerable people in our community.
“I would like to recognise the fantastic work of 3SG, Virgin Care and B&NES Council for getting this up and running. I give my heartfelt thanks to all of those who’ve given their time to help.”
Wera Hobhouse used this opportunity to call for further support for the Third Sector in B&NES with a number of issues on the rise affecting Bath residents on a daily basis, including:
- Money worries
- Housing issues
- Mental health
Citizens Advice B&NES recently reported a 34% increase in employment issues and a 200% increase in enquires about utilities and communication.
Studies show that half a million more people in the UK are set to encounter mental health difficulties this year and Bath is not excluded. The mental health charity Bath Mind has been in contact with over 500 people not known to them before lockdown, and DHI which helps vulnerable people has worked with over 2,500 people on GP shielding lists locally. Many of whom were not aware of how to access help.
The Bath MP urged for the Government to act now and support these charities.
Watch this short film to hear Wera Hobhouse MP’s speech in full, kindly shared by Citizens Advice B&NES. Click here.