Update on my work in Parliament and the constituency
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Thank you for reading my August 2016 update on my work in Cardiff Central and in Parliament. 

During August my team and I have held 9 advice surgeries for constituents, including specialist weekly immigration clinics. Details of forthcoming surgeries are at the bottom of this email. You don't need an appointment for surgeries, please just drop in.

Parliament is in recess this month, so its been good to be able to be in Cardiff Central most of the time concentrating on casework for constituents, meeting local groups, visiting businesses and organisations. My team and I have also been preparing for the new Parliamentary term starting on 5th September.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

I'm hosting a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Please join me for tea, coffee and cake to raise money for this fantastic charity who support people and their families through cancer.
Rhydypennau Library
Llandennis Road, Cyncoed
Friday 30th September
9am - 11am
Out and About
It was an honour to march at the front of the Pride Cymru parade and be part of the biggest, most successful Pride Cymru ever. We welcomed thousands of people to Cardiff Central, the sun shone and the parade got a fantastically warm welcome from people lining the city centre streets. I'm very proud to have campaigned for LGBT+ rights for many years and I will continue to do so. Congratulations to the Pride Cymru Organisers for such a successful weekend.
This month I have been supporting Faruk Yavuzel, co-owner of Oz Urfa restaurant on City Road, who is applying for his visa to stay in the UK to be extended. Faruk's brother Feredun is the other owner, and a British citizen. Many constituents have contacted me, concerned about the threat to a much-loved local business, and I will continue to support Faruk in his Home Office appeal case. Read more here via WalesOnline.
I have been meeting lots of small business owners this month, discussing the challenges and opportunities they are facing locally and how I can help. A number of new businesses have recently opened in Roath and Adamsdown and I'm keen to let constituents know about them so we can support them. On Wellfield Road I was pleased to meet the owners of Il Gelataio, a new gelato shop. This is their third business in Roath building on the success of Il Pastificio.
My final small business surgery was on Clifton Street where I visited the brand new fishmongers, Catch, already proving very popular among local residents. I also met Malik and Sadiq at the Red Sea Cafe. A thriving Clifton Street with successful, independent businesses is really important to Adamsdown,  particularly elderly residents and I have lots to follow up on after conversations with a host of business owners.
I also visited Highfields Church to meet with Minister Dave Gobbett and find out about their holiday club, where hundreds of children and their families come to the church every summer for activities including sports, craft and music. This year's space theme had gone down very well among the many young Jedi Knights and astronauts I met!
I visited Asylum Justice's weekly drop-in last week to present them with a donation of £325 and find out more about staff, volunteers and clients involved with the service. Asylum Justice provides critically important free legal advice to help refugees and asylum seekers with their cases. Find out more here.
On City Road I met Shaz Haris who has recently opened the New York Diner Cardiff. Shaz grew up in Roath and his dad owned a restaurant on Albany Road in the 1970s. A great story of generations of small business owners having a positive effect on our city and local economy.
This month many students and families collected exam results for A Levels and GCSEs. I joined other parents in the anxious wait this year and understand the pressure many people were feeling! I'm thrilled that hundreds of pupils in Cardiff Central have achieved fantastic results and that, thanks to our Welsh Labour Government, there are many routes in training, higher and further education, and apprenticeships for young people to continue their learning.
I called in at TSB in town and joined representatives from the Mirror Pride of Britain Awards in the city centre this month. They're encouraging people to nominate their champions for awards in categories ranging from community action to sporting heroes. I nominated Hope Not Hate Cardiff for the community champion award and the Wales Football Team for the sport award. Find out more about my visit here.

Upcoming Advice Surgeries

I hold regular surgeries around the constituency. All surgeries are drop-in, no appointment is needed.

Every Wednesday, 11am - 12 noon
** No immigration clinic on 28th September**

Immigration Clinic at Constituency Office, 116 Albany Road

Friday 2nd September, 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Advice Surgery at the Powerhouse, Llanedeyrn

Friday 9th September, 3pm - 4pm
Advice surgery at Rhydypennau Library, Cyncoed

Friday 16th September, 4pm - 6pm
Advice Surgery at Constituency Office, 116 Albany Road

Friday 23rd September, 11am - 12 noon
Advice Surgery at St German's Church Hall, Adamsdown

Friday 30th September, 4pm - 6pm
Advice Surgery at Constituency Office, 116 Albany Road

Full details of upcoming surgeries are listed on my website.

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