Seema Malhotra MP will be hosting Promise Night to fundraise for Hounslow's Promise on the 17th of July. The night will bring together members of civil society, including politicians, businesses and other members of the community for a night of speeches and a Gala Dinner. The Gala will include a silent auction and a raffle component with plenty of prizes.
Hounslow's Promise was founded in 2017 by the Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston, Seema Malhotra MP, alongside the Member of Parliament for Brentford and Isleworth, Ruth Cadbury MP. The initiative has been developed in partnership with Cranford Community College with input from schools, business, councillors, members of Hounslow Youth Council and community organisations.
The project is based on five promises made by the community to young people: a network of caring adults, safe spaces and facilities, supporting our teachers, a healthy start and youth leadership. Based on these promises, the project seeks to improve the educational attainment, employability, leadership and social mobility of people through mentoring, education and personal development.
Registered Friends of Hounslow's Promise can get a discount on tickets to the Gala Dinner, paying just £40 instead of the regular rate of £75. You can register to become a Friend here.
Hounslow Promise's third Masterclass took place at the premises of the London Stock Exchange group, as pupils from six Hounslow schools were invited to open up the London Stock Exchange and then to a panel discussion and Q&A. The panel was moderated by Seema Malhotra MP, Chair of Hounslow's Promise. On the panel were four accomplished speakers:
As well as almost 80 students, the panel was attended by the Mayor of Hounslow Samia Chaudhary, Alan Rides, a member of the Hounslow Board of Commerce, and James Holmes, on behalf of Heathrow Airport.
The discussion offered chances for students to ask questions about the fast-paced world of business, with students asking questions ranging from the impact of Brexit on the London Stock Exchange to what degrees offer a pathway to getting into the Stock Exchange. In the feedback given by students, many of them mentioned how inspirational they found the discussion, as it gave them ideas for future careers.
The event concluded as students and guests got a chance to sign the welcome book of the LSE. The welcome book goes back to the Stock Exchange's foundation and records every person who has visited to open the market.
The second Hounslow’s Promise Masterclass hosted BBC journalist Jasmin Buttar and the Financial Times’ Peter Campbell. They were quizzed by the young attendees and the Chair of Hounslow’s Promise, Seema Malhotra MP. The two high profile journalists spoke about their career journey, the changing shape of the journalism industry and provided a bigger perspective of the big challenges journalism faces today. The discussion provided attendees with a pragmatic understanding of the ever-changing world of journalism, with a local student describing it as “an honest and eye opening experience about what it means to be a journalist”. Hounslow’s Promise will be hosting more Masterclasses in 2019. If you are interested in attending, please register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to see Heston West Big Local’s volunteer Serena Lola’s blog post of the event. (note: this will open an external link)
Special thanks to Sprint Logistics for sponsoring the event and to Kingsley Academy for kindly providing the venue.
In the first of Hounslow's Promise's series of masterclasses, the former President of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger, headlined a discussion panel taking questions from local children interested in the field of law. He was accompanied by solicitor Ammar Khan from Access2Lawyers who conducted the questions alongside the Chair of Hounslow's Promise, Seema Malhotra MP. The event gave local children an insight into the life of one of the most senior lawmakers within the UK and what skills are required to be successful within law disciplines. The event was a great success with one Gumley School student describing the event as "Insightful, engaging and inspiring". This was the first in a series of master classes that will be hosted by Hounslow's Promise in the upcoming months
One year on since the launch of Hounslow's Promise the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, hosted Hounslow Promise participants to celebrate the efforts made throughout the year by the community. The event marked the graduation of the first cohort of mentees and their mentors of the Hounslow' Promise Community Mentoring Scheme and welcomed the new mentors and mentees onto the scheme.
The event was hosted in the Speaker's State Rooms in the House of Commons with the Speaker of the house stating "I am absolutely delighted to host the First Anniversary of Hounslow's Promise, I have always championed social mobility and I will continue to do so. I wish Seema Malhotra MP and the Hounslow's Promise initiative the best for the future".
Chair of Hounslow's Promise, Seema Malhotra MP, stated: "Hosting the Anniversary of Hounslow's Promise in the Speaker's State Rooms was an apt setting to recognise the outstanding achievements of the mentors and mentees. The event was an opportunity to gather together supporting businesses, teachers, local councillors and participating members of the community to celebrate this milestone and to recommit ourselves to the goals and purpose of Hounslow's Promise".