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Creating a Better Wandsworth in 2023: A Reflection on my Political Achievements

Updated: Mar 31

The New year is a time to look back on what we've achieved and plan for the future.

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Fresh faced at the start of the year

Pleased to create this list of 10 areas I've worked on for Wandsworth to make it a more equal, fair, open place for everyone.

1. Supported refugees – Starting by collecting presents for new arrivals in January, holding receptions welcoming refugees with them Mayor in Refugee week and ending with curating a meeting a meeting between refugees and the US attaché to discuss what more we can do to support them to become part of our culture

2. Night time strategy – We launched London’s first night time strategy with Amy Lame – I also gave a couple of talks on our innovative process of consultation. Making life for people who work 6pm to 6am.

3. Food policy – More important than ever that we support the food system so started working on Wandsworth’s first borough-wide food strategy, spoke in support of ending the need for foodbanks at parliament and took part in several research studies on improving food environments

4. Voluntary sector – Finished the long time coming VCS needs assessment and will be delivering on it in the new year and visited over 20 community groups in the process and we increases, presented an award at the BATCA awards to St Georges Ante Natal unit

5. Cost of Living – Completed the Cost of living commission over 10 meetings coming up with 35 recommendations on how to support everyone now and in the future, supported but 15 incredible commissioners. Due to this the council has thrown itself behind ST Georges Children’s cancer care campaign.

6. Youth arts – Pleased to have supported Wandsworth Music at the Royal Albert hall, Homegrown festival at BAC and the Jimmer Asher foundation, Nine Elms arts ministry as well as students taking part in London design week with funding and press.

7. Support for LGBTQIA+ - I was over excited to open Eurovision at London’s designated official viewing spot in Battersea Park, marched with the community for London Pride and launched ‘Ask for Clive’ to ensure the community feel safe at night time

8. Culture – We bid to be London’s next borough of culture after consulting over 1200 people and groups, I supported new plaque unveiling for Evelyn Dove on Northcote, opened a sculpture on Putney Embankment and developed closer relations with the Royal academy of Arts

9. Business – I opened 3 new workspaces across the borough, presented an award at the Wandsworth Business awards and celebrated women in business with Enterprise awards and the Sheroes exhibition celebrating Windrush businesses, celebrated 10 years of Workmatch recruitment.

10. Resident Support - I’ve done unbelievable amount of work supporting Tooting and Wandsworth residents with adult care, housing, repairs, potholes, pavements, domestic abuse support and of course flytipping.

Just honoured to be able to support my neighbours and friends

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