Lewisham Labour have strongly supported the OBV Civic Leadership Programme. 30 Labour Councillors acted as mentors on the programme, working closed with participants to support them.
Cllr Janet Daby, co-coordinator of the OBV Civic Leadership Programme and one of the mentors, said 'I am very pleased with the Mayor of Lewisham's decision to bring this important leadership programme to the borough for a third time since it has been in operation. It is important to me that the BAME community is well represented in Lewisham in every area of public life. This course helps to make this happen and is a course where I am proud to offer my support.'
One of the participants, Candy Springer, said 'I decided to become part of the Lewisham Civic Leadership programme mainly, because I was quietly concerned by my two boys disengagement to explore structural and systemic issues- BME representation in their schools, curriculum content or low teacher expectations. Being part of this process, gave me the opportunity to lead by example, moving from the periphery to inside, from dialogue to action. I want to inspire my children to take up their civic leadership positions, let their voices be heard and go on to influence social change in our communities. Being in this process has helped me to see the importance of my role as a community ambassador: to encourage and demonstrate to our community members the benefits of civic engagement. The future is bright, full of hope and aspiration. I look forward to making a difference.'