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Visual sense and sensitivity

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

Work Match Employment Brokerage Services

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

Lead Member for Housing, Cllr Jim Millard, gives an update on recent Housing initiatives

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

Leader of the Council - Thank you for making Richmond upon Thames the best place to live!

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

International Women's Day

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 is upon us again!

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

LGBT+ History Month

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

Wellbeing of children and young people

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

Get involved and show your support for #itsnotok

Add your voice to thousands of people across the UK saying #itsnotok this Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week.

Council blog | 01 Feb 22

Holocaust Memorial Day 2022

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), which takes place every year on 27 January, is a day of remembrance for the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Council blog | 25 Jan 22

Listening well - a skill for life

The Council's Public Health team have recently published their latest version of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), an evidence-informed assessment of the health, care and wellbeing needs of the community.

Council blog | 18 Jan 22

Leader of the Council’s end of year message

As we face another festive period where uncertainty as to what the coming weeks will bring casts a shadow over proceedings, it is only natural that our thoughts should turn to those closest to us; those still with us, and perhaps more poignantly, those we have lost. 

Council blog | 21 Dec 21

Shop local this festive period

The Small Business Saturday Tour (promoting local businesses) recently visited the borough. The tour came to Twickenham on Wednesday 1 December 2021. This was the first time that the Small Business Saturday Tour ever visited the borough of Richmond upon Thames and the visit was extremely timely.

Council blog | 14 Dec 21

Human Rights Day 2021

This year's theme for Human Rights Day is equality - reducing inequality and advancing human rights.

Council blog | 07 Dec 21

International Day of People with Disabilities

'A world that works for everyone' – that was the mantra of our founding member, Richard Kember. He was disabled. He was disabled by a society that didn’t work for him.

Council blog | 30 Nov 21

Building a new culture in social housing

I am very pleased to be announcing the formal approval of the new Social Housing Resident Participation Charter for Richmond Borough.

Council blog | 23 Nov 21

Tenants' Champion update and Safeguarding Adults Week

Richmond Council's Tenants' Champion has over the last ten years become an important source of support for tenants in social housing in the borough where they are having problems resolving issues with their Housing Association Landlords.

Council blog | 16 Nov 21

Book now for The Poppy Factory’s first open afternoon in December

Richmond residents who have travelled along Petersham Road recently may have spotted a red sign near the junction with Compass Hill, directing attention towards The Poppy Factory

Council blog | 09 Nov 21

Richmond Climate Week

Running from November 1, Richmond Climate Week is timed to coincide with COP26 in Glasgow. Through the week, the Council and local charity Habitats & Heritage are hosting a series of events (in person and online) to encourage residents, businesses and communities to participate in tackling the climate and ecological emergency.

Council blog | 02 Nov 21

Richmond Climate Change Youth Fund

In late 2020, we, the Kingston and Richmond Youth Council, were awarded £10,000 by Richmond Council to spend on a climate change project. This was following our successful conference in October 2019 around this theme, which was attended by David Attenborough and local secondary schools.

Council blog | 02 Nov 21

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Updated: 13 May 2022