In Touch with Matt Doocey

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Minister of Police, Hon Judith Collins, was impressed with Oxford’s community-led initiatives to support residents during her recent visit to the electorate.

I invited the Minister to visit our police stations to touch base with our hard-working policemen and women. In Oxford, she met with community organisations working alongside police to provide support around issues including isolation and mental health, and youth empowerment.

The Minister met Tussock who sober drives Oxford’s young people to ensure they get home safely. The Oxford Community Trust also briefed the Minister on the success of its U-Drive programme. I attended the launch of U-Drive last year and it was great to hear how our young people are being empowered through this programme.

Earlier this year, I also spoke at the launch of the Oxford Community Trust’s I’ve Got Your Back campaign and the Minister enjoyed being briefed on its success.  I’ve Got Your Back encapsulates Oxford’s community spirit and reinforces the fact that our greatest strength is our people keeping connected. These great initiatives are empowering residents to meet the challenges of everyday life in a rural community, knowing that there are people to support them.

It was great to be out in Oxford with my family for the Spring into Oxford festival. Well done on a great event. As always, it was good to catch-up with Oxford’s seniors at my over 65s coffee morning. I enjoy keeping connected to the viewpoints of our seniors.