I would rather be a rebel than a slave
- Emmeline Pankhurst
After beginning a regular commute in 2017, on what was and remains to be, incredibly poor public transport, affecting my physical and mental health and influencing the decisions I made about where I could live and work, I decided enough was enough.
Reach For Social Justice (Reach4ward) was born out of long running frustrations, and ideas about how to effect positive change within the small town in which I was raised. Myself and others no longer recognised it as home. As an affluent, illustrious, unique, and to some degree a very welcoming place, its greatness often ignores the reality of its struggles. A group of local like-minded people came together and decided change was needed.
Challenging Public Bodies
In 2012 I instigated what turned out to be a monumental and tireless campaign against two local authority Children's Services departments, each found to be negligent in their respective duty of care towards a vulnerable young person who I cared for.
Debate Facilitation, Public Speaking, Campaigning
Healthy, robust and constructive debates
covering welfare reforms; the history of the Social Security system in Britain; the evolution of the state 'safety net' and the recent seismic changes; and the current political climate.
Your views can contribute to policy change within the national political parties, thereby influencing future reforms for the next generation.
Dynamic and inspirational public speaking
on the impact of austerity on the sick and disabled; the dismantling of the welfare state; recommendations for political policy change; and how to manage the issues of privatisation within public transport.
I am currently providing sessions to encourage dialogue about why the Labour Party lost the 2019 General Election and the lessons we can learn.
Engaging and influential campaigning
on all aspects of social justice, anti-poverty, and social responsibility, using social media as a platform for change.
I share my wealth of knowledge and experience gained from campaigning for better public transport in the North; for youth provision in the Calder Valley; for the Government to tackle the climate crisis; for the rights of vulnerable young people within the local authority system; and for the Labour Party in local and national elections.
I provide consultancy on effective campaigning, and leadership in tackling social injustices.
Develop Your Knowledge
Informative and engaging training
on all areas of welfare benefits; welfare reforms; the social security system; and how to navigate problem areas of benefits within day to day situations for vulnerable claimants.
Training programmes are for organisations who's frontline staff require the knowledge and tools to assist clients in all areas of legacy benefits and Universal Credit.
Sessions are provided in-house (I come to you) and equip practitioners with the confidence to understand Universal Credit problem areas; how to challenge
appeals and sanctions; how to holistically tackle multiple benefits issues; and guidance for best practice for DWP work-capability questionnaires and application forms.