Knocking on doors over past months demonstrates the keen interest that people have in the areas they live in. Debating issues of the day at local and national level now takes place through social media. I have a huge contact from local residents through email and other social media sources.
Empowering people to have their say has never been more important than it is today. People do care, they care about their community and care about one another. If we fail to address the energy and enthusiasm more and more people will be alienated from the political process.
The Woolwich Ideas Exchange emerged from a conversation with someone who wanted to contribute to a discussion about where she lives, what influence she can have and how she could influence decisions. I suggested that, perhaps, people were not interested. She then produced a list of forty local people linked to her Facebook who were as keen as she was.
The first discussion takes place next Thursday, this is the beginning of a journey together to make a difference. Hope to see you there.