City Gateway

November 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm / by

It’s been a whirlwind of political activity lately. In addition to campaigning regularly in my own Regent’s Park ward, I recently organised a climate change event with Douglas Alexander in Camden, attended the Eid reception in the Foreign and Commonwealth office and travelled to Liverpool for the Core Cities summit.

I also went to the City Gateway reception which was held at No 11 Downing Street.

As you will see from their website, City Gateway is a charity which aims to provide training for young people especially women in Tower Hamlets.

At the event, which was sponsored by Stephen Timms MP, an inspiring young woman talked about how she’s developed her public speaking skills and, in turn, her confidence through the training she’s received from City Gateway. She said that the help and support the charity provided enabled her to turn her life around.

I was also extremely impressed with Eddie, the charity’s CEO, who spoke about how they have developed a close partnership model with businesses both in the City and at Canary Wharf. This allows regular volunteers to support their project and provides disadvantaged young people with apprenticeship work placements within multinational firms.

I spoke to a RBS employer where we discussed the emphasis on private sector organisations needing to recognise the fact that they have a duty to support the local communities in which they function. It’s an important responsibility and one that is often ignored by big businesses.

I’m honoured to have been invited by City Gateway to visit the women’s project later this month and speak to everyone about the work I do in my community. I’ll be blogging about this so please do tune in again soon!

I’ve just realised that I was rejoicing in Ohio this time last year after campaigning for Obama. Ahhh…. the memories! I wrote a column for my local paper during the election and my article on the historic day can be viewed here.