Austerity group plans a series of workshops

Mark Husmann, of Tynemouth.
Mark Husmann, of Tynemouth.

Three borough residents are among the guest speakers at a day of workshops.

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity is holding the session at the Royal Station Hotel, in Newcastle, on Saturday, September 26, from 10.30am to 5pm.

Mark Husmann, of Tynemouth, is a Marine Mammal Medic and will lead the “Climate Chaos and Cuts” panel.

He said: “Too many of us wrongly believe that a healthy economy, a healthy environment, and the survival of the planet are separate issues. I will show how they are connected.”

Julia Charlton, from Whitley Bay, is a senior lecturer in healthcare, working as a nurse educator in seven different countries.

In the workshop ‘Mental Health, Austerity and the NHS’ she will talk on the impact of poverty on mental health in this region, and the universal lack of funding and investment and stigma attached to mental illness.

Mollie Stevenson, of North Shields, secretary of North Tyneside People’s Assembly Against Austerity, is chairing three of the workshops.

A working mother of three, she encourages people with young children to bring them along, as there are quiet activities throughout the day for accompanied children.

She said: “I’ve lived in the north east all my life and seen how the closure of vital services and children’s centres, the bedroom tax and benefit caps have caused untold damage to working people and families.

“We now face cuts to Tax Credits and further caps to benefits. There is an alternative to Austerity and I want to share that with people.”

Dawn Furness, of Cramlington, an opera and burlesque singer, will speak on mass pollution migration and a mystery topic.

For the range of workshop choices see North Tyneside People’s Assembly Facebook page.