SCP Sub group - Confidence & Community Engagement
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Elizabeth Castle, Caring Support
 
"I would like to be involved in the community I live in by being involved in making a better and safe environment, and to give back to my community the knowledge and skills I have."
 
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Fatima Koroma, Revivify
 
"As a local resident I have been passionately advocating for community involvement, engagement and initiatives that impact residents positively.
 
After setting up a food bank in Croydon I have now set up a social enterprise doing our part to combat poverty for local residents. It became apparent that we can ensure the needs and voice of more vulnerable or less heard from residents are addressed by sitting on various boards. I have almost 10 years of experience in community representation, engagement and development.
 
Through my work with the food bank I have developed a strong database of community organisations and I maintain a network of contacts in the voluntary and statutory sectors. My recent project is allowing me to develop links with the local commercial sector. One of our aims has been to be ‘accessible to all’ so I think my contribution will be to ensure we ensure we hear from the 'less heard'."
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Hayley Rea, Aim Higher Dance Academy
 
"I am interested in representing the VCS on this board as I have a decade of management experience for providing community services for young people, in Croydon and the surrounding area’s. Since 2007 I have provided weekly dance classes and holiday camps in Croydon and since 2014 I have been an Extended Services Manager in a Croydon school, developing all of the schools' extended services such as the Breakfast Club, After School Club and Holiday provision.
 
I have a strong community network through sport/arts and cultural activities, currently working with 6 Croydon Schools. My career within the community as a teacher has lead to many different routes within youth services and has enabled me to have a positive impact on youth services, understanding what is required to establish, manage and maintain high level governance within youth services, in order to provide the best possible service for the whole community. My day-to-day role requires me to assess sport/play services in the education and the care sector, providing feedback and guidance on legal requirements. I have experience of multi-agency networking, bringing organisations together and I understand the importance of having good communication amongst different organisation’s and how to do this effectively.
 
The skills I will be able to apply to this role would be, management skills, knowledge of youth provision, community providers and the educational sector, ability to communicate well, knowledge of legal legislations, experience of Ofsted requirements and creativity."
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Adrian Samuda, Get Me to Work
 
"I run a social enterprise called Get Me to Work, and have lived in the Croydon borough all of my life, I studied at Selhurst High school , Coulsdon College and Kingston University where I obtained my business and finance Diploma.
 
I am interested in joining this board, as I have been working voluntarily with young people aged between 18- 24 for the last 3 years, providing them with job training and employment via my network. I have been working with colleges, training providers and young offending centres to bring together a network which brings learning and employment to a vast segment of the young adults living in Croydon who are offenders or re-offenders. The benefits for the young people are financial and mental as the stress of having to provide is greatly decreased, this will lead to that individual changing their ways and moving away from crime.
 
"I feel that I would be good to join the board, as I will be able to bring my knowledge to the board and with the process of talking to like-minded individuals who share the same visions to bring about change and equality. I strongly believe that we will be able to set up some solid networks and start to bring about positive change to the borough of Croydon.
 
Joining a board is not something that I would normally do, but I have seen a disappointing surge in crime locally in Croydon, especially violent knife crime and it is scary to think that this is all on our doorstep. Now is the time to implement the right changes to help steer the younger generation away from such atrocities and I would like to be a part of that."
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Peter Stanley, Ment4
 
"I currently represent the VCS on the Missing Children and Youth Crime Boards and have actively engaged with many of the group members, drawing up a number of initiatives to show the importance of the voluntary sector. I also report back to CVA where there is useful information for the voluntary sector. My team at Ment4 are actively involved in these issues with a number of Croydon Council departments on a daily basis and help me provide a frontline expertise."
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