Your Spokesperson in Lagan Valley is: Sorcha Eastwood
Sorcha is a lifelong Lagan Valley resident with many local connections within and across the community from music to mental health groups and has a passionate dedication to her local community.
First elected to Lisburn & Castlereagh Council in 2019, Sorcha was also the Alliance Lagan Valley candidate for the General Election in which the party got its best ever result in the constituency gaining over 13,000 votes.
I'm a passionate and determined advocate for the people of Lagan Valley and have been working hard on the issues that matter to them; health, education, jobs and climate change.
I am also a champion for young and vulnerable people, having done a lot of work on youth employment, youth mental health and safeguarding issues.
Issues that are important to me are reform of our health service and how to get the best health outcomes locally in LV, as a member of the local Health Steering Group, I am working with key stakeholders to get the best outcome for you. I also support mental health charities locally and am seeking to get their inclusion in the Protect Life Implementation Groups which will mean Lagan Valley's voice is really heard.
Sorcha's priorities for Lagan Valley
Education and Young People
Alliance have been calling for a review of education and want an education system that means every school is a good school. Our SEN pupils deserve so much more in terms of the provision of education and support for parents. Our young people also need better outcomes and so often in Lagan Valley many of them lack the facilities, opportunities to fulfill their full potential. I a, working with key stakeholders to achieve this
I know health is a priority for you and it’s a priority for me, whether it is about looking after older relatives and friends or making sure we have a mental health strategy for Northern Ireland, our health service needs radical reform and investment. We also need to make sure that the health service remains free at the point of delivery. Your health is your wealth and as your local representative, I will work tirelessly to improve and protect our NHS to make life better for people in Lagan Valley.
Climate change is one of the biggest issues we face and I will be a strong voice for making sure that we act now to stop the climate emergency. What sort of a world will we be leaving for future generations if we don’t act now to support bio-diversity, green energy and sustainability. As your representative, I would be a strong voice for Lagan Valley in speaking up for urgent action to tackle climate change.