None of us is likely to forget the last ten days, which have been difficult for all of us and made us think long and hard about some very important issues to society. However, personally I’ve been lucky enough to do a number of actual – socially distanced – meetings starting with the attestation of more new recruits.
As you know, I’m a firm believer in preventing crime, so I was delighted to sign the Fair-Chance Recruitment Empowering Employment Charter – known in the digital world as #FREE, which seeks to provide ex-offenders help to get a job.
Giving someone a second chance through the opportunity of employment can break the cycle of offending and serves a practical purpose, helping individuals to increase their skills, confidence and future employability. It’s so important that we do focus on rehabilitation and opportunity, otherwise change is nearly impossible for some people.
Then I was thrilled to meet Leicester City Legend, Steve Walsh, to mark the allocation of extra cash for Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGAs) in Leicester. Steve has agreed to become an ambassador for Leicester City in the Community, the charitable arm of the football club, which is backing the project and I can think of no-one better.
I’ve been totally committed to supporting the development of community facilities like this throughout my term of office and at the end of my term of office, it gives me great pleasure to put the funding in place to help the City Council deliver more of these popular courts in Leicester.
Over the last five years, I have enjoyed being out and about to meet people and hear their views. Well, in the last 12 months, that has of necessity been a virtual pleasure. On Monday, I am taking part, with the Chief Constable, in my last ‘What Matters to You’. It’s at 1pm and if you’re interested, it’s a live event on Facebook and you are invited to send your questions and join in.
Posted on Friday 19th March 2021