Monday, 25 October 2010

Council officer makes pride of Britain shortlist: Haringey Council

Neighbourhood's officer Leyla Laksari is one of four Londoners shortlisted for this year's Pride of Britain awards.

Leyla helping to clear a rubbish site.

She will be featured in ITV's London Tonight on Monday 25 October, 6pm, where a short film will showcase her achievements in developing the Living Under One Sun (LUOS) healthy living project in Haringey.

Leyla works within the Northumberland Park and White Hart Lane Neighbourhood Management Service and has 28 years as a parent, school governor, teacher, community activist and project officer behind her.

Northumberland Park is one of the most deprived areas in the country with Neighbourhood teams tasked with helping often disaffected groups access services and engage with community activities.

Leyla describes her work as "actionism" and revels in the challenge her job brings.

The Living under One Sun (LUOS) healthy living project is one of Leyla's most impressive achievements.

It was set up to help reduce crime and vandalism at the local adventure playground, bringing mothers and local women of different ethnicities to meet, cook and share stories of their lives.

Soon this developed into a platform for accessing services, training community leaders and founding more community projects.

LUOS embraces the core values of Haringey's Sustainable Community Strategy which puts communities right at the heart of change, shaping and driving developments.

Council officer makes pride of Britain shortlist: Haringey Council

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