Community meeting to be held in Morecambe to discuss child poverty issues

A community meeting is being held to discuss child poverty in Morecambe following an investigation this week.

Thursday, 14th December 2017, 9:16 am
Updated Friday, 15th December 2017, 9:20 am
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An ITV news article revealed some of the lengths local schools are going to in order to help families in the resort, including offering laundery services and allowing parents to charge their mobile phones if they do not have the money for electricity.

Carnforth GP Dr Andy Knox also revealed how doctors are seeing incidents of rickets in youngsters affected by malnutrition.

The meeting will be hosted by Sustainability Morecambe, The Creative Exchange, Stanleys Youth and Community Centre and Morecambe Fringe and will be held at the Alhambra & Carleton Suite, 56 Marine Road West, Morecambe, between 6.30pm and 9.30pm on Monday December 18.

A spokesman said: “We have lots of fantastic local organisations already working extremely hard to help out and we want to get people who are wanting to help together with them to create a long lasting and positive change.”

In addition to the host organisations, confirmed groups attending are Morecambe Bay Community Primary School, West End Primary School, The Park Hotel Food Club, West End Impact and More Music.

A representative from Morecambe and Lunesdale Constituency Labour Party will be at the event.

Other organisations hoping to attend are Stanley Road Baptist Church, Morecambe Churches Forum and The Non Perfect Parents’ Club.

The Facebook and Eventbrite links to the event are:

Any donations for families in the area can be taken on the night or to the Alhambra & Carleton at the following times: Friday 10am-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm.

If the door is not open please contact Tracy on 07903 036311 and she will let you in.

Ideas of items needed include female hygiene supplies, other toiletries, household sundries, socks for both adults and children, hats, gloves and scarves in different sizes, selection boxes and luxury food items such as chocolate, cake, nibbles etc.

Please do not take refrigerated items unless you’ve spoken to the team or one of the other organisations in advance.