The importance of charities within our community cannot be understated. They work tirelessly to improve the quality of individuals’ lives as well as our national life by providing incredible services to a countless number of people. Therefore it is our duty as citizens to work with and support charities in their ambition to create a fairer and just society.
With this in mind, I decided to host a Charity Fair in Southall on the 12th of August. Having previously held a similar event in 2013, it became crucial that we built on our past successes to keep the positive momentum going. The Dominion Centre, which hosted the event, became flooded with colours and energy as over 20 local charities set up their stalls in the main hall to display and explain their work to the general public. The huge variety of services on show meant that people from all walks of life could gain something from the Fair. If you were interested in local health and fitness the ‘Southall Football Club’ were there to fill you in on their recent projects, but if it was legal advice you were searching for then the ‘Ealing Law Centre’ were ready to answer your questions.
Yet it was not only the public that benefitted, because the fair created a platform for the charities to network and forge relationships amongst themselves as well as with a number of political leaders, including Seema Malhotra MP, Leader of Ealing Council Cllr Julian Bell and Deputy Mayors and Councillors from the London Borough of Ealing and Hounslow – all of whom came to show support for the cause. This unique networking opportunity brought a diverse group of community leaders together in one constructive space thus facilitating greater unison within the community.
Charities by nature are often outside of the limelight, and so the event was concluded in a spectacular manner with a special recognition award being presented to the charity ‘Contact a Family’, alongside a cheque of £2075. The charity was nominated for their longstanding and dedicated service to the local community, with funds being raised through generous donations by members of the public, local businesses and the Barclays bank Southall branch.
Asha Yadav, Contact a Family Ealing Manager, said: “We are delighted to receive this award in recognition of the work we do supporting Ealing families with disabled children. Contact a Family supports families with disabled children, whatever their condition and whenever they need us. Last year we helped over 500 local families with issues including getting support for their child. And we organised 13 fun events and days out, bringing families together so they don’t feel alone. We are very grateful for the award money which will help us to put on more family fun days next year.”
The work of ‘Contact a Family’ and the many other local charities serve as a reminder of the significant role that charities play in our society. Their constant strive towards the betterment of our society must be recognised, upheld and supported. The Charity Fair 2016 was a positive step towards doing this, and we will without a doubt continue our project in the near future.
If you would like to find out more information about the event or the charities that attended, please contact my constituency office on 0208 571 1003.