MPs launch youth support initiative
by James Renoux-Wood Fri 3 February 2017, 3:26 pm
MPs in the London Borough of Hounslow are seeking community support for the ‘Hounslow Promise’ initiative, which aims to boost education attainment, employability and social mobility for young people in the area.
Seema Malhotra, the Labour MP for Feltham and Heston, and Ruth Cadbury, the Labour MP for Brentford and Isleworth, launched the scheme in partnership with the Cranford Community College.
The launch event, which took place on 26 January, was attended by 300 people, including representatives from the Prince’s Trust, The Prince’s Teaching Institute, the Social Mobility Commission and Hounslow Council, as well as councillors from the west London borough.
Local businesses were also invited to sign up to a mentoring scheme, which would see them provide support and guidance to young students.
Malhotra said: “Hounslow’s Promise is about coming together as a community to support our schools and parents and give our young people the best chance in life.
“I want to see people come forward from the local community, offer their time and apply to be mentors to young people in Hounslow.
“It was amazing to see such support for the initiative which we have been developing for the last six months and I believe together we can make a huge difference for many years to come.”
The initiative was developed with input from schools, business, councillors, members of Hounslow Youth Council and community organisations.
Kevin Prunty, executive head teacher at Cranford Community School, said: "As someone who was born, raised and educated in this area, I am passionate about transforming our community. Hounslow’s Promise is a high-quality initiative. I believe it will make a real difference to the life chances of our children and their families.
“In such challenging times, we as adults have a duty to support and encourage our young people and ensure that they bristle with hope and optimism for their futures."
There was also a raffle at the event, which raised £270 for the Feltham Air Cadets.