Q&A: My Redbridge - Joel Perinpaul, Empowering Deaf Society

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 August 2018


Joel Perinpaul works for the Empowering Deaf Society (EDS) in Ilford, and last week the charity hosted its hugely successful second Deaf Street Party in Perrymans Farm Road, Newbury Park.

What is your connection with Redbridge?

Since moving to the UK from Sri Lanka I have lived in Redbridge. I have worked in and around Redbridge for more than eight years and have recently bought a property here for myself, my wife and my young daughter with the view to settling down here.

What’s the best thing about working or living in Redbridge?

I would say the best thing about Redbridge as a whole is that it is very family orientated, has a huge variety of cultures and friendly communities that work together, making day to day life very easy and enjoyable. It consists of excellent schools, beautiful green spaces and parks which always have something going on and great transport links to allow for better access for work and social opportunities as well as great places to eat and shop. The list is endless.

What one thing would you change about the borough?

The traffic. Particularly during the rush hours.

Use three words to describe the borough.

Vibrant. Multicultural. Diverse.

Who is the most inspiring person you know?

I would have to say my mum. She was practically a single parent raising three children on minimal support. Both myself and my siblings have had the opportunity for further education and achievement solely through her hard work and determination to give us not only what we needed but what we dreamed off.

Although she does not live in this country and has not been physically able to see my achievements first hand, she delights in hearing of our progress and has always and still continues to believe in me and encourage me to do the best that I can. She is truly inspirational.

What new law would you introduce if you were prime minister?

Look at more ways to resolve issues such as homelessness and reducing levels of crime.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

Rather than focusing on “issues”, which we unfortunately tend to read and hear about almost all the time on all newspapers and the news, it would be great to read success stories from individuals, whether it be about education, employment, getting on the property ladder, setting up a business etc. which can all be very inspiring and even helpful to those within the community, opening more doors of opportunities for those who wish to pursue similar ambitions and promoting local services and organisations who can help make these achievements possible.

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