Following the successful housing of two Syrian families in Frome earlier this year as part of the ‘Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme’, Mendip District Council recently sought to establish the viability of housing a couple of families in Glastonbury or Street.
A Steering Group was formed some weeks ago comprising members of the community from Glastonbury and Street along with Councillors from both Councils. As co-ordinator of the Steering Group, Glastonbury’s Green Councillor and Deputy Mayor Emma George is in the process of organising a core group of volunteers from the community who’d be prepared to offer tangible support to the families once they are here.
The type of voluntary support needed could involve anything from help with getting to and from hospital and doctor’s appointments to English language coaching – and everything in between – which will help the refugees acclimatise to life in the UK.
The Steering Group is looking for privately rented accommodation suitable for housing a family; preferably not in too isolated a location. Full support will be given to potential landlords/ladies both in advance and during the process.
Speaking about the situation to the local press, Cllr. George reported, “I am happy to say that Glastonbury Town Council is also fully supportive of the initiative. As you’d expect, initially, there will be a lot of assistance from the relevant statutory agencies – but the overall aim is to encourage the refugee families towards and independent life. First, however, the search is on for suitable properties in which to house the families.”
“I am pleased to announce that we have located a potentially suitable property in Glastonbury and are keen to find another one, also in Glastonbury, so the two families are able to support each other closely from within the same community.”
Anyone who thinks they may know of such a property or landlord/lady, would like more information, or who is interested in volunteering as part of the re-housng group can contact Cllr. Emma George, on firstname.lastname@example.org or via Glastonbury Town Council Office on 01458 831769.
We are delighted to announce that former Green Mayor of Wells, and City Councillor Chris Briton has been selected as the Green Party candidate for the up-and-coming Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner election on Thursday, 5th May 2016.
We need to raise a staggering £5000 (!) in order for Chris to be able to stand… which, in Chris’s own words is “an outrageously huge sum of money, and only allows rich individuals or wealthier parties to contest the election… In my view that’s undemocratic! ”
If you would like to support Chris, please visit our Crowdfunder page HERE
West Mendip Green Party has now budded into two local parties!
For Wells, Shepton, and the surrounding areas, the party is ‘Mendip Hills’.
For Glastonbury, Street, and the surrounding areas, the party is ‘Glastonbury and Street’
As a result we will soon be moving to a new website at www.gsgp.org.uk – but we will be keeping the content of this site as an archive and redirecting the WMGP domain name to the new website! So, if you have any pages bookmarked you will be redirected to the home page of the new website.
We also have a new email address, which is email@example.com
It’s taken a while to complete the budding process and we wish all the best to our colleagues in Mendip Hills Green Party and look forward to working with them into the future.
On 23rd June 2016, every one of us has an equal vote in the referendum, and an equal chance to have a say in the future of our country.
The Green Party wants Britain to remain a part of the EU because we believe that we flourish when we work together on the shared challenges we face.
In a fast-changing world we need international rules to control big business and finance, and to ensure that people’s rights are protected – at work and as consumers. The EU has also given us the freedom to live, study, work and retire across an entire continent.
The EU helps us look after our environment too. It’s only by working with our European neighbours that we can tackle climate change, protect wildlife and reduce pollution. Thanks to EU rules, our beaches are cleaner, and our dirtiest power stations are being shut down.
If you agree please sign our Petition for a Greener Europe.
For more information visit the Green Party website