Weekly Campaign Diary for #Dean4Luton

Now we have entered the final 100 days of the election I will be sharing a weekly digest of my previous weeks activities. It’s been another busy week. I have been out and about campaigning, responding to resident enquiries, discussing opportunities for Luton with senior Conservatives and phone canvassing too. Below is just a small […]

Thanks First Capital Connect – you listened!

Back in January I wrote a concerned blog post ‘An open call: trains, disruption and safeguarding schoolkids‘. It was a public request to train operators (especially First Capital Connect) to improve how they safeguard children commuting during disruptions to service. Following a huge amount of public support, I was able to raise the issue directly with First Capital […]

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Tech & social headlines: Social media & stigma of mental health

The top pick today is a piece in Huffington Post asking if social media dependence has links to mental health issues. In my work as the chair of a health & wellbeing partnership, I came to appreciate the inherent challenges of mental health – both for individuals and the organisations attempting to provide support. Mental health […]

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Daily social & tech headlines: Has the race begun for our health data?

My top pick today is the news Facebook has bought the  fitness tracking App, Moves. I wrote about the App earlier this year in my post ‘Me, My (Quantified) Self & I‘. Whilst I’d like to think Mark Zuckerberg must have read my positive comments leading to this decision (as if!). I do think this could signal a new race for ownership […]

An open call: Trains, disruption and safeguarding schoolkids

During the major Thameslink rail line disruption on Friday, I found myself sitting on a stationary train at my local station, frustrated like all the other passengers. As I finished emailing colleagues about the delays and finally got-over-myself for being annoyed at something unavoidable. I noticed a young child in school uniform, sitting alone and […]

Me, My (Quantified) Self and I

The ‘quantified self’ has been a major trend for a while now. Measuring every run, meal, weigh-in and heartbeat is easier than ever. As a lifetime gadget-geek and a relative newbie at getting fit. I decided to get fully App’ed up  for 2014 to spur me on. So after a lot of research, and some […]

Health & Wellbeing in Local Government – the importance of the 3 C’s

During the past year I’ve been working to establish a new Health & Wellbeing Partnership within St Albans District. My hope has been to create a stronger voice for residents at a local level. To bring the power of localism into the way we work to improve the health and wellbeing locally. And importantly to […]