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Help_is_there_Karen_Parkinson__Maxine_Smith_and_Caroline.jpg“You are not alone” is the message for children and young people who are trying to cope with life while living with alcoholic parents, this international Children of Alcoholics Week.

Doncaster Children’s Services Trust and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) joined forces and were supported by local Don Valley MP Caroline Flint to host an information event held at Doncaster College.

Said Caroline Flint: “Around one in five children are badly affected by their parents’ drinking.  Those children are twice as likely to have problems at school; three times more likely to consider suicide; and four times more likely to become alcoholics themselves. The effects of excessive drinking by parents are long-lasting, so we need young people to know where to turn to.”

While young people may not know where they can get help in their struggle to live with their alcoholic parents, both the Children's Trust and RDaSH were able to advise them who to turn to.

Doncaster Children’s Services Trust has a number of services which can offer support, including its Parent and Family Support Service and its newly-launched Multi-Systemic Therapy – Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) service; while RDaSH has a Family Moving on Together (MOT) programme.

The services also shared information about national charity NACOA (National Association for Children of Alcoholics) which provides a confidential helpline - 0800 358 3456 - for anyone who is affected by their parent’s drinking and needs advice and support.  

Maxine Smith, Family Support Worker at the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, said: “There may be children and young people in Doncaster who are struggling every day with life with an alcoholic parent. They may well be suffering in silence because they are embarrassed and also because they don’t know where to get help.

“Our message is that you are not alone. There are lots of people who can help and we encourage them to speak up and access that support.”

Naomi Handley-Ward, of RDaSH’s Family MOT programme, said: “We want families to know we are here to help. The effects of drug and alcohol addiction can have a big impact on the whole family. The idea behind our Family MOT programme is to bring families together, who have similar experiences, and to give them the opportunity to talk and listen to each other.  We will show them how to make small but positive changes to help improve their family life.”

The Trust can be contacted on 01302 737777 or take a look at www.doncasterchildrenstrust.co.uk

Photo shows: "You are not Alone" left to right, Karen Parkinson, Caroline Flint and Maxine Smith.  Karen and Maxine are from the Children's Trust Parenting and Family Support team. 

More information can also be found at http://www.nacoa.org.uk/

"You are not Alone" message to Children of Alcoholics

“You are not alone” is the message for children and young people who are trying to cope with life while living with alcoholic parents, this international Children of Alcoholics Week....

Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, gave her support to those affected by cancer and the NHS staff who care for them at a special Westminster event for World Cancer Day, earlier this week. 

The Don Valley MP met with campaigners from Cancer Research UK to learn about the charity’s latest research and show her support for all those working to ensure more people survive cancer.

Every year, 1,900 people in Doncaster are diagnosed with cancer and in the UK 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lifetime.

World Cancer Day (4 February) is an opportunity for people, organisations and countries to work together, raise awareness and take action to beat cancer.

Caroline said: “World Cancer Day helps to raise awareness of the scale of the challenge and the role we can all play in the fight against the disease. Cancer affects us all – here in the UK and all around the world. We can all work together to beat it, not just the hard-working researchers and NHS staff who help to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

“Small actions really can make a big difference to the lives of people with cancer. That’s why I’m urging people in Don Valley to show their support all year round.”

Early diagnosis is a vital part of ensuring more people survive cancer. The Government has made a commitment to diagnose 75% of cancer cases in England at stage one or stage two by 2028.

However, to reach this target the NHS needs a long-term plan for the cancer workforce. Without this, there will not be enough specialist staff to meet the present pressures or cope with the growing and ageing population. 

Shaun Walsh, Head of Public Affairs and Campaigning at Cancer Research UK, said: “A big thank you to Caroline Flint for joining us to raise awareness on World Cancer Day.

“Parliament has a big part to play in ensuring we work together to beat cancer sooner, and the shared ambition to diagnose more cancers earlier in the years ahead is a welcome one.

“Now to achieve a truly world-leading service and reach our goal of 3 in 4 people surviving cancer by 2034, we need to fill current vacancies in the cancer workforce and invest for the long term to produce NHS cancer professionals for today and generations to come.”

For more information visit cruk.org

Caroline unites with Cancer Research UK for World Cancer Day

Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, gave her support to those affected by cancer and the NHS staff who care for them at a special Westminster event for World Cancer...

Brake_Parliamentarian_of_the_month_Jan_2019_crop.jpgRoad safety campaigner Caroline Flint has been named as Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month for January 2019 by Brake, the road safety charity, and Direct Line Group.
The award recognises Caroline’s efforts to improve road safety in her constituency by successfully campaigning for a lower speed limit on Ashton Lane, a single carriageway rural road coming into the village of Braithwell, after concerns were expressed about cars speeding through the village.
 
Alongside local residents, businesses and councillors, Caroline co-signed a joint letter to the Highways Department at Doncaster Council calling for the speed limit be lowered on the dangerous road. Following pressure from Caroline and local road safety campaigners, Doncaster Council agreed to reduce the limit from the previous 60mph national default to 40mph.
 
The award also acknowledges Caroline’s enduring commitment to road safety in her constituency. Her campaign for a new footpath for the route to local schools, on behalf of residents of the Pembridge Park estate, was successful, with the path being completed last October. The MP also helped secure a new 30mph limit by Hayfield School and New College.
 
Brake has long called for speed limits to be set for safety as part of a safe systems approach. Most rural roads in the UK have a 60mph limit, the national default for single carriageway roads, however, such roads are often unsuitable for high speeds as they are narrow, with blind bends, and no pavements or cycle paths. Brake is seeking a reduction in the national default limit to deliver slower, safer roads.
 
Accepting her award, Caroline said:“It is a great honour to be named a Parliamentarian of the Month by Brake. None of my road safety victories have been mine alone, however.  I have been indebted to the support I have received from parish councillors; from schools and from active residents, like those on Pembridge Park, Hayfield Green who highlighted the problem of walking children safely to school. 
 
“Without those residents, these victories would have been fewer in number and our roads a little less safe than they are today.  I am convinced that communities know best the dangers and the speed limits they need to make their community a safer place and I will always champion their right to have more say.
 
“I am not complacent, there are more battles to be won, and I know that in Brake, an organisation that has always relied on painstaking evidence to build a case for road safety, I have a great resource and a great ally.”
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said:“Brake is delighted to recognise Caroline’s commitment to road safety in her constituency with this award. Her campaign to tackle rural road speeding and lower the Ashton Lane speed limit to 40mph, from the default 60mph limit, should be commended, as should her enduring commitment to road safety. Many people are surprised to hear that most British road deaths take place on rural roads but for those who live near these roads it is no surprise and so it is great to see Caroline and the local community taking action to improve rural road safety.
 
“Rural road safety is a key focus of the Government’s new two-year road safety action plan. The Government must grasp this opportunity to improve rural road safety and introduce a lower default speed limit.  Slower speeds save lives and help make our streets more liveable environments for all.”
 
Gus Park, Managing Director of Motor Insurance at Direct Line Group, said: “Caroline’s actions are vital to the safety of the local residents. Her campaign to reduce the speed limit on this road will have a major impact on making this road safer for everyone who uses it and we are very grateful to Caroline for her commitment to making it happen.”

Caroline wins national road safety award

Road safety campaigner Caroline Flint has been named as Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month for January 2019 by Brake, the road safety charity, and Direct Line Group.


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