Don't know who to vote for or even why vote... Here's some of my thoughts, here is why I am voting. I hope this will make you think about what's important to you. Each of us are citizens, we are not just individuals, we are the community, we are the town we live in, we … Continue reading Vote With Hope
For the past few months I’ve been looking at how we get people more engaged in politics, from registering and encouraging people to vote, to mobilising individuals and communities to be more politically active. One thing has become really obvious in the run up to this General Election. A lot of people genuinely don’t know … Continue reading White Noise of Politics
One of the most significant barriers to overcome when doing something in our communities is fear of failure and anxiety about getting it wrong I have really struggled with this over the years. In part this has been my own problem but also we live in a society that doesn’t give much room for failure. … Continue reading Failure and Getting it Wrong
Last week Ralph Lee, head of factual at Channel 4 announced he would not back down to pleas by Stockton locals to stop making Benefit Street in our town, I am one of those locals, but I mean really, why would he? What power does a little town in The North East of England have … Continue reading Saying “No” to Benefits Street… Warning, this one’s political!
12 years ago I set up a charity to reach At-Risk women and young people and over that time, we played a role in transforming a number of lives. The challenge I began to wrestle with a few years ago though was that for every girl we reached, every family we helped restore, every young person who found a better future; the … Continue reading What I’m up to in communities