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Friday 27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day, when we remember the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. It is a time to reflect on and learn from the past, in the hope that we can create a better future.

Council blog | 26 Jan 23

For Richmond Upon Thames to be a borough for everyone, it is essential we have a place for everyone. We want to provide housing that supports residents at different stages of their lives, regardless of their financial status and that means delivering housing that is tailored to your needs.

Council blog | 10 Jan 23

For many of us, the Christmas and New Year holiday season is a time of celebration, reflection and taking the opportunity to disconnect from our normal routines and indulge in unique traditions within our communities and our friends and extended families.

Council blog | 21 Dec 22

In Richmond upon Thames, we care about ensuring every resident is safe in our community and that means creating an environment where women and girls can feel secure.

Council blog | 24 Nov 22

We were delighted to be able to bring together parents, carers and organisations dedicated to supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities at the 2022 SEND Futures Connect Conference.

Council blog | 14 Nov 22

In our manifesto, we committed to ensuring that residents have real opportunities to have a say on decisions that impact them and their community. In keeping with this promise, we have launched a new survey asking you what needs to be done to keep our community safe.

Council blog | 26 Oct 22

If anything demonstrates a return to more normal times after the ravages of the pandemic over the last couple of years, it is the return of the in-person Full of Life Fair at Twickenham Stadium on Friday 23 September 2022.

Council blog | 20 Sep 22

In my calendar, ‘Back to School’ happens in January and April, not September. September is the start of the new school year, the college year, the point in the year when all young people move on and take an exciting new step in their lives.

Council blog | 30 Aug 22

There is one question that I can guarantee will be asked when I am out doing an engagement as Mayor of Richmond. Can you guess what it might be?

Council blog | 02 Aug 22

On Tuesday 19 July 2022, I was able to present my report to the Council reviewing my year as Tenants’ Champion. The Tenants' Champion service has operated for 11 years now and is a well-established method of support for tenants and leaseholders of housing associations in the borough.

Council blog | 26 Jul 22

In Richmond, we held more than 330 street parties to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.  We closed our streets, put out bunting, had fun and remembered how great it was to actually get together with our friends and neighbours. It was also wonderful to see children playing together outside their houses with new friends from down the street. Safe in the knowledge that the street was free of cars, they could explore, kick a ball, laugh and run round.  

Council blog | 19 Jul 22

This week across the UK a spotlight is being shone on 'Clean Air'. Causing 36,000 deaths each year and impacting every organ in our body, the argument for acting on air pollution is compelling and it is working - 82% of people now think that air pollution should be a priority in the UK.

Council blog | 15 Jun 22

As someone with high myopia who started wearing spectacles for short-sightedness from the age of 5 (prescribed by an army ophthalmologist from a Nissen hut in Aldershot, as I remember), I have always been conscious that good vision is not something to be taken for granted and impairments of vision can be part of the ageing process (as my current optometrist pessimistically reminds me on my yearly visits).

Council blog | 24 May 22

With so much growth and positive change occurring in the Borough of Richmond, the Work Match team are reflecting on a successful year but, critically, seeking to highlight our offering to employers and residents looking for their next opportunity.

Council blog | 17 May 22

This borough is a great place to live and its popularity is reflected in the high cost of renting or buying a home here. That comes with challenges for us as a society and it’s in everyone’s interests for us to do what we can to make sure local people on lower incomes - including many key workers and younger and older residents - are able to stay living here as circumstances change throughout their lives, as part of a thriving and diverse community.

Council blog | 17 Mar 22

At this time of year, we set the Council's new budget and it’s a time when we can reflect on all the incredible things we have been able to achieve with support from you, the people who live and work in Richmond upon Thames, to make this borough fairer, safer and greener for everyone.

Council blog | 17 Mar 22

8 March signals International Women’s Day – a global celebration of female success and achievements, and a poignant reminder of the struggles faced by women across the world in the march towards gender parity.

Council blog | 07 Mar 22

Fairtrade Fortnight takes place from 21 February to 6 March. There have been Fairtrade motions put at Council Meetings since 2005, the latest being in 2019. These have received cross-party support. As an important consumer and opinion leader we are pleased that the Council actively supports the concept of Fairtrade in the Borough through its partnerships and purchasing power. Although the Fairtrade steering group is always urging it to do more.

Council blog | 22 Feb 22

This month (February) sees a month-long celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history including our history of the gay right movements in the UK. Each year has a different theme this year being Politics in Art, looking at how art has helped members of the LGBTQ+ community represent their struggles and work towards a better world.

Council blog | 15 Feb 22

This week is children’s mental health week and we are asking the people of Richmond to stop and think about the health and wellbeing of children and young people in our borough.

Council blog | 08 Feb 22

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Updated: 13 May 2022