Ward: Northgate & West Green
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Crawley is my home town, and home now to four generations of my family. I came here with my family in 1960, and apart from two periods spent abroad when my father worked for the Royal Airforce, my brother and sister and I grew up in Pound Hill. My children grew up in Crawley and I have grandchildren who have grown up here too. We have spread out, and I now have relatives and friends in almost every neighbourhood.
I have worked in Crawley and, like many of us, also at the airport. Since gaining a degree, and training as a teacher, I have taught in several schools, including ten years in Crawley. Most recently, I spent a period working as a consultant in Inner London, where I specialised in Special Educational Needs (as it then was) and Child Welfare and Protection.
In my spare time (when I have some) I enjoy (most of the time) following my football team, and watching them play. I enjoy creative writing – I have just joined Crawley Writers’ Circle which, I am proud to say, meets in ‘my’ ward. I also enjoy discovering my family history, and helping others with theirs.
I am a member of Stop the Traffick, an organisation that campaigns against human trafficking – the fastest-growing illegal trade in the UK. I am a member of Rethink, a charity that campaigns to raise awareness of mental illness and to eradicate prejudice, as well as for improvements in services for those affected and their families. I am also a member of the British Humanist Association.
There are many things I love about our town, but perhaps most of all, I I love that Crawley is a multi-cultural town, and that people have come from all over the World, as well as other parts of the UK, to live and work here. We all benefit from learning about each other, as we live and work, and learn together. I joined the Labour Party, and became active because I believe strongly in the value of each and every one of us. For me, politics is about the values we apply to how we work together to create a society that works for everyone – one in which we all contribute to the best of our ability, as well as achieve the best we can for ourselves