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I was delighted to see that a local charity, based at Long Wittenham, The Earth Trust, has been given The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. It is thanks to volunteers like this that many of us have access to large areas of open space, which they use freely and widely, such as Wittenham Clumps, Thrupp Lake, and the Castle Meadows in Wallingford.  The work done by the Earth Trust Volunteers is undoubtedly deserving of this award.

Young people looking for volunteering opportunities over the summer months might be interested in the programs run through the National Citizen Service. This is a program for 16 and 17 year olds, and runs for three weeks in the summer, followed by a 30 hour community action project. The scheme brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them to develop greater confidence, resilience, self-awareness, responsibility and skills for work and life. Over 200,000 people across the UK have already taken part in NCS. Further information on the 2016 programme can be found at:http://bit.ly/28nEaty

I recently met some amazing young people undertaking apprenticeships at Oxford Instruments, a local company. Apprenticeships are an increasingly popular choice for school leavers and more information on the current apprenticeship drive can be found here: http://bit.ly/1PiTEmU

I frequently get contacted by constituents who are experiencing problems on the roads. Highways England have informed me that they are updating their route strategies which will inform projects for the period 2020-2025. This is one of the key steps of research required to help provide information on the use and performance of roads and shape future investment priorities. An online mapping tool has been launched that allows the public to inform them about the performance, impact, and challenges the road network faces. Further information and the mapping tool can be found here: http://bit.ly/1RYiN6a

During the last month, I have taken part in a number of debates on the EU referendum, with the first being held at Didcot Civic Hall on Friday 27th May, and the second in Faringdon on Friday 3rd June. The third and final public debate on the EU referendum that I am taking part in is due to be held in Wantage at The Beacon on Friday 17th June at 7pm.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any pressing issues that you would like help with.  Either myself or one of my team will get back to you as soon as possible and do what we can to assist. You can contact me on any matter at the House of Commons, SW1A 0AA, 020 7219 6350 ordicksonce@parliament.uk. Email is the quickest and most reliable way to get in touch, as I keep a very close eye on my emails and can reply very quickly.   I also send out occasional general interest emails about developments in the Wantage and Didcot Constituency. If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please complete the online form at http://bit.ly/EdVaizeyMP.