David Cameron’s independent families advisor will be visiting Poole this Thursday (19 January) to see the progress being made by the council to get unemployed families back in to work.
Poole is one of nine areas across the country to be included in the national pilot on Working Families Everywhere, and has recently appointed four Family Champions to work with families across the borough.
Emma Harrison's pioneering work supporting families into work and living great lives is highly acclaimed and she will be delivering the keynote address at this year’s annual State of the Area Debate. This year the debate focuses on people and communities in Poole becoming more self reliant and empowered.
Cllr Elaine Atkinson, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole, said: "Having heard Emma speak at a conference last year I was keen for her to visit Poole and inspire our residents with her vision. I am absolutely delighted that Emma has agreed to visit and to speak at this year’s State of the Area Debate. Her pioneering approach to working with families is most inspiring and refreshing. Her visit will improve our understanding of this radical approach and will hopefully influence the way we work."
The evening will include an 'Any questions' style panel to be chaired by Richard Dimbleby, Chair of Poole Partnership. Topical questions on the subject of helping people and communities become more self reliant and empowered will be discussed. Panel members include Emma Harrison CBE, Cllr Elaine Atkinson, Cllr Michael Brooke (Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party in Poole), Jeff Russell (Chief Executive of Pramacare), Nathan Thompson (Poole's Member of the UK Youth Parliament) and Andy Martin (News Editor at the Bournemouth Echo).
Emma will meet with Poole's four Family Champions during her visit, as well as being giving the chance to visit areas in Poole that will benefit from the project. Emma’s work supporting charities is also well known and it is hoped that representatives of the local charities she supports - Lewis Manning Hospice, Julia’s House, Pelvic Pain Support Network and Diverse Abilities Plus - will have the opportunity to meet Emma during her visit.
The State of the Area Debate takes place on Thursday 19 January between 6.30-9pm at the Civic Centre, Poole. The debate is open to the public and free to attend. For more information please contact Helen Young on 633398 or firstname.lastname@example.org