Recorder letters: Child abuse, charity walk, scouting and energy

PUBLISHED: 07:30 06 September 2017

Speak Out Stay Safe teaches children about child abuse in an age appropriate way.

Speak Out Stay Safe teaches children about child abuse in an age appropriate way.


Speak Out Stay Safe teaches children about abuse in an age appropriate way.

Speak out to prevent child abuse

Caroline Roughley, NSPCC schools service area coordinator for Newham, writes:

Last year was a very busy year for the NSPCC’s Speak Out Stay Safe programme in Newham. Our trained volunteers spoke to 7,147 children, delivering assemblies and workshops to children aged four – 11.

Speak Out Stay Safe teaches children in an age appropriate way about the different forms of abuse, how to keep themselves safe and who to go to for help should they ever need it.

By the end of our visit we know pupils feel empowered and can speak out and stay safe from abuse.

Our volunteers have done an incredible job and it’s thanks to them that we’ve been able to visit 15 schools in the area, delivering these vital safeguarding messages.

But we’ve not yet been into every school and we want to speak to all four – 11 year olds and hopefully protect a generation of children from abuse, one school at a time.

If you would like us to come to your school, please get in touch with me by email me.

It’s completely free and it could make a massive difference to the lives of children in the area.

Have your say on transport plans

Brian Macdowall, campaign director, Alliance of British Drivers, writes:

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, recently launched his consultation on the Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS).

The publicity has amazingly been minimal for such an important consultation.

The MTS shows little appreciation of how much using motor vehicles benefits business and private individuals.

It threatens a range of drastic measures, for instance

• removing scarce road and parking space

• increasing road user taxes and

• extending the Congestion Charge across Greater London.

It fails to identify constructive measures that won’t hurt drivers.

For more information and some better alternatives visit

This webpage also offers the opportunity to have your say before the October 2 deadline.

Organised walks in aid of charity

Julia Bradbury, TV presenter and Bowel Cancer UK ambassador, writes:

I hope you will organise a special five mile sponsored walk in September to help fundraise for the charity’s vital research and lifesaving work.

It’s an opportunity to bring people together so that they can show their support for those undergoing treatment, remember loved ones and raise funds to help stop bowel cancer.

There are national Walk Together events happening in London, Edinburgh and Belfast on the same day at the same time – Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 11am.

If you can’t make one of these organised walks, you can organise your own Walk Together event somewhere special in your local area.

If you are doing your own event, the charity would encourage you to do it anytime in September.

Every year, 41,200 people in the UK are diagnosed with bowel cancer, including my mum. Luckily it was spotted early when survival rates are higher and she has now recovered from the disease. Physical activity plays an important part in stacking the odds against a bowel cancer diagnosis and as a keen walker myself, I’m delighted to support Bowel Cancer UK’s Walk Together.

Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, and yet it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer.

Sign up to receive a fundraising pack with everything you need to hold your own memorable walk or to join us for a national Walk Together event on Saturday, September 23. Visit here for more information.

If you need inspiration on walks in your area, visit The Outdoor Guide.

Learn important skills with scouts

Helen Glover, double Olympic champion and scout ambassador, writes:

This time last year I was in Rio winning my second Olympic Gold medal. This year I’m taking on a new challenge, I’m volunteering with The Scout Association as a scout ambassador.

In Newham, there are dozens of Scouts who are spending the summer having adventures and learning new skills.

We have challenged Scouts in Newham to learn 50 new skills over the summer holiday. But we think every child in the UK should have a go too. The skills they learn this summer may well help them save a life, get a job in years to come or maybe go on to become an Olympic Champion!

The Scouts in Newham are doing amazing things, but none of it would be possible without our amazing team of volunteers. Some of the most influential people in my whole childhood were my Scout leaders, who I’m still in touch with now.

In Scouting, young people develop independence, resilience and initiative - in short, essential life skills, employability skills and practical skills that will help them enjoy a brighter future.

To take on the challenge yourself visit website.

Missed chance over energy

Caroline Russell, Green Party member of the London Assembly, writes:

It’s a blow for Londoners that despite the Mayor of London telling me it was ‘the idea’ that his mayoral energy company would be publically owned – it’s now up for sale.

Londoners need an alternative to the rip-off prices of the big six energy companies – the mayor had lost this brilliant opportunity to make a real difference as he won’t be able to control tariffs.

A fully licensed ‘Energy for Londoners’ company could have provided schools, hospitals and businesses with affordable energy and lifted people out of fuel poverty.

It would also provide a massive opportunity to reinvest profits from the sales revenues in generating more renewable energy.

The mayor told me he would release the report that led to this choice and I will be holding him to account so this decision can be properly scrutinised.

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