Hi, I'm Anna
WHERE I COME FROM
I moved from Lewisham to this borough around 11 yrs ago.
SOMETHING ABOUT MY CAREER
My career is in public service, I’ve worked in local government, in the Benefits Service, for over 20 years. I have extensive knowledge & experience of benefits & welfare rights & of homeless prevention and housing advice.
I have also worked as a caseworker in Hackney where I was responsible for drafting replies to enquiries from MPs, Councillors, residents, & responses on the Mayor’s behalf. It was a challenging role where it was necessary to be organised, & prioritise the caseload.
My career has provided me with an understanding of the diversity of residents that need assistance & how the development of policies impacts on an individual’s needs. I understand we need to work to eradicate barriers that hinder equality & I have undertaken training on domestic violence, mental health first aid, & cultural awareness. I have also undertaken a foundation course in counselling skills
It's time for real change
I will represent and promote the constituency & people who live in it.
I will encourage engagement and ensure clear channels of communication; be it through newsletters advising of council decisions, surgeries or by fostering good relationships with organisations & businesses, & will keep up to speed on specific issues in order to lead campaigns.
I will aim to balance the needs of the local area and residents.
I would set myself a benchmark time for response to casework & do holding emails where applicable.
The reason why I am choosing to pursue this now is because my daughters older & I work from home sometimes, & feel it’s a great time to get to know more about the borough & put my experience to good use.
I will bring enthusiasm and energy, commitment and a passion to learn. I am aware I am not the most experienced in local politics within the Party but I think that sometimes a new “pair of eyes” is a helpful thing & I can bring something different to the team. I am willing to work hard & loyally with other members & am keen to learn from their experience to achieve the results we want.
I believe that the interpersonal skills I have will equip me for the role of a councillor. I am a team player, & flexible & I can interact positively with different audiences.
As previously stated I have first-hand knowledge of issues affecting people such as increasing homelessness, lack of affordable local housing, an increase in mental health issues and an over-burdened Health Service.
I look forward to learning more about the issues affecting this ward, campaigning on your behalf & representing you in Parliament.