I have lived in Pendle all of my life. I was educated in local schools colleges and the University of Central Lancashire.
I have worked in local business and for Lancashire County Council.
I am the parent of three young children, and for many years I have volunteered my spare time to being part of a School Governing Board, supporting local teachers in their efforts to provide a better education for our children. I have also worked for several years as a volunteer at Nelson and Colne Swimming Club as a Swimming Instructor, helping and supporting many children and young people in Pendle to gain lifesaving skills.
I believe that through the experience that I have gained, I know many of the issues, barriers and problems that a considerable number of young people in Pendle face.
By profession I am a Youth Worker with over 25 years of experience, working with some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in Pendle. My role has been one of supporting and empowering young people for them to gain the confidence and life skills to help them reach their full potential.
I believe that my professional role compliments my role as a Pendle Youth Officer and over the past few years I had the honour to listen to and support many young people and then act as their voice in Pendle and beyond.
Many young people from Pendle have told me that they have a strong interest in politics, but they feel it is politics and politicians that are not interested in them - simply because they are not eligible to vote.
Others tell me that some of the main issues and barriers they face include:
I hear these issues when I go door knocking, work in schools and colleges and amongst young people generally.
These are issues that as one of the Pendle Labour Youth Officers I am passionate about addressing.
In order to raise awareness nationally and locally of these underlying issues, over the last two years I have successfully organised visits by former Shadow Education Secretary Steven Twigg to some of our schools in Pendle, to provide young people with a platform to raise their views first hand, with a shadow government minister.
I have also met with the former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harmen to raise her awareness of the problems and issues young people in Pendle face.
I have been in touch with the office of the leader of the Labour Party and invited him and our MEP to Pendle as I want them to witness what I see and hear from the young people of Pendle and use this information to help shape future policy development.
I have built up a very good relationship with my colleagues at Pendle CLP, including councillors and elected officers, to ensure the voice of the young people of Pendle is at the forefront in our decision making.
I have also successfully liaised and worked closely with the LCC cabinet member for Children and Young People and the Leader of the Council to ensure they are able to offer their full support to the young people of Pendle.
In addition I have also developed positive relationships with some of our sports clubs and facilities in Pendle which many young people use. My goal is simple. I want to ensure that all young people in Pendle have a voice and hopefully realise that their interests at borough, county, national and European level are best served by the Labour Party.
The Labour Party truly values young people. My colleague James Goodhall and I are committed to working with other people in the Labour Party to ensure that young people have the opportunities and respect that they deserve.
Thursday I9 November 2009
A local young man who recently joined the Pendle Labour
Party shares his thoughts on why he joined the party
Why I joined Labour…
I decided to join a political party because of
concerns with the younger generation not voting and taking little
interest in politics. I asked a lot of people about their reasons
for not voting and most people admitted that they have no understanding
of politics and feel powerless to make a difference, some felt
disenchanted with the main stream political parties. So I decided
to join a political party.
I looked at all parties, and even went to listen
to the Conservative leader speak, however as good a speaker
as David Cameron is, it became clear to me that the Conservatives
had not one policy to put before the audience and on occasions
he asked us “what we would do”.
I’ve always been nervous of the Conservatives
and coming from a working class background know they support
the middle and upper classes. I was not keen on the Liberal
Democrats either as I feel they have not done a good job in
Pendle and seem to change their policies all the time. I did
look at the smaller parties, but I didn’t agree with a
lot of what they had to say.
So I joined the Labour Party because I can see
the difference they have made with the NHS, the support for
the single parent, their determination with education of not
just the young but the old. They brought in the National Minimum
Wage, gave greater rights for the disabled, have actively encouraged
greener thinking among the public, and are trying to reform
the welfare system.
Younger people should take an interest in politics;
it’s amazing how a lot of women don’t vote despite
women having to fight for the right to vote. It’s our
future and it shouldn’t just be up to the older generations
to make the decisions on our future, we should have a say in
how Britain should be in 20 – 30 years time. It’s
my generation who will witness the end of oil production as
global reserves run out, and my generation who will feel the
full effects that climate change will have on Britain.
You don’t have to be an ambitious politically
minded person to join Labour; you don’t even have to be
directly involved, but by just being a member, I feel I can at
least make a bit of a difference to my future and to Pendle and
There are very special contribution
rates for people joining the Labour Party as 'Young Labour' or
as a 'Labour Student'.
For more information visit: https://secure2.labour.org.uk/join
Monday 27 April 2009
Local Focus for Young People's Service
Using new powers, Pendle's Lancashire Local
committee has approved recommendations on how Lancashire Young
People's Service will operate in the district over the coming
At its most recent meeting, on 22 April, the committee approved
ten recommendations to be included in the Young People's Service's
operational plan for the year ahead.
- Reviewing how effective the Young People's
Service's communications with young people are, across all
- Offering a core minimum offer of activities
and services provided for communities which currently have
- Increasing access to sporting opportunities.
- Reviewing which communities are accessing
each centre, to ensure the Young People's
Service is supporting cohesion across the whole of the area's
Tuesday 24 February 2009
Working in partnership
A young people's representative from Pendle was given the chance
to see the busy life of a local councillor during a visit to a
community mental health centre in Nelson.
Seventeen year old Saniya Janjua teamed up
for the morning with County Councillor Mike Calvert from the Pendle
Lancashire Local committee, which consists of representatives
from the county and district councils who work together to take
decisions and shape policy at a local level.
this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 16 February 2009
The Play's The Thing
Pendle MP, Gordon Prentice, wants young people
to apply for free or reduced price theatre tickets.
The MP said: “The Department for Culture,
Media & Sport are funding an Arts Council England scheme
that will provide free tickets to people under the age of 26.
Working with more than 200 venues throughout the country, it
will distribute 618,000 tickets over the next two years."
"I would like to see young people in Pendle
take advantage of this scheme – locally, theatres in Bolton,
Bury, Oldham and Manchester are taking part - and the opportunity
to see live theatre should not be missed.”
The MP added: “Londoners are spoiled for
choice in theatre going and, despite the credit crunch, business
is booming. I hope many young people here in Pendle will apply
for tickets - for local theatres and for those further afield
- and have a really great night out”.
Update - June 2011
London Theatre Tickets Cheap - a web site
offering access to cheap and some free tickets for students and under 26
Visit from here >>
Tuesday 2 December 2008
Nelson Youth Centre wins "myplace"
Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Bradley ward councillor,
said: "This is fantastic news for residents in Nelson, but
more so for the people of Bradley ward.
“It has been a long time coming but I would
like to thank the county council for doing the leg work on this.”
More than 450 young people, aged 11 to 25, are
expected to benefit from the new facility, which will feature
a multi-use games area, internet cafe and computer room,.
Basic literacy and numeracy skills courses, careers,
training and employment information are among the first services
to be offered from the hub.
Residential courses are planned and classes for
the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme are set to be based there.
Pendle MP, Gordon Prentice, was also delighted
to learn of the success of Nelson’s Leeds Road Youth Centre
bid for government funding.
The MP said "£1.3 million has been
awarded for a new youth and community centre on the Leeds Road
site. This is excellent news and a great achievement for all
involved. The money comes from the "myplace" pot,
worth over £200 million, to provide safe places for all
young people to go to and take part in a wide range of activities.
“You can do a lot with this huge sum of
money. I’m sure young people in the area will be over
The centre will benefit 11-25 year olds with
a focus on 13-19 year olds Its design will be led by local young
people and offer arts, music and drama workshops. There will be
a cafe with internet access, an IT suite music studio and an indoor
Friday 28 November 2008
Delivering World Class Youth Facilities
The Labour Government has announced £62
million of fast track funding to develop world class facilities
for young people across England.
This first wave of funding will be awarded to
21 successful bidders across the country and will help drive
forward Labour’s commitment to making this the best country
in the world for young people to grow up in. This money will
help provide exciting safe places for all young people to go
to and give them the opportunity to take part in a wide range
of positive activities such as sport, dance and music
The announcement is part of Labour’s ‘myplace’
programme, a scheme which is transforming the provision of youth
facilities across the country. Labour is ensuring that young
people are actively involved in developing youth facilities
in their neighbourhoods to ensure that the projects reflect
what young people want and need.
Ed Balls and Jack Straw visited the Lazer Centre
in Leeds, which represents the type of facilities myplace hopes
to inspire across the country.
Speaking from the Lazer Centre, Ed Balls, Children
and Young People’s Secretary, said:
“The vast majority of young people are good
citizens, play by the rules and just want better things to do
and places to go after school and at the weekend rather than
hanging around in the street or in the local park. They enjoy
getting involved in exciting projects such as myplace, so I
hope that this scheme will help change the way communities view
our young people.
“myplace will transform positive activities for young
people who will be able to decide what kind of facilities they
want, and when they want them, such as on Friday and Saturday
“In the Children’s Plan we said
we want all young people to have the best opportunities whatever
their circumstances and myplace will give young people across
the country a chance to enjoy new experiences, learn new skills
and become a valued member of their own community.”
There are very special contribution
rates for people joining the Labour Party as 'Young Labour' or
as a 'Labour Student'. For more information visit: https://secure2.labour.org.uk/join