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Q&A: My Redbridge - Namrah Chaudry is student services manager at William Morris Sixth Form

PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 September 2018

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Namrah Chaudry is student services manager at William Morris Sixth Form, where she inspires young people every day after spending her childhood beating bullies and a stammer.

What is your connection with Redbridge?

I have lived in Redbridge since 2009 and have found it to be the best borough I have lived in! I come from a large family and it is perfect for accommodating us.

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

There are bus stops on every corner with several buses available which is perfect for those Monday mornings during rush hour.

Valentines Park is wonderful and is right opposite our street which we visit regularly especially in the summer.

It is great for family picnics or just for a run.

What one thing would you change about the borough?

I’d like to see Redbridge adopt technology to provide a smarter healthcare.

Redbridge has already adopted some technology in healthcare but there is a lot of room for more.

For example, to book an appointment, some surgeries have online booking, others require patients to call in.

There should be a single, universal appointment booking system that connects all the surgeries.

Use three words to describe the borough.

Integrative, vibrant and friendly.

Who is the most inspiring person you know?

My mother. I wouldn’t be the person I am today or have achieved all the things I have so far without her support and sacrifices.

She is one of those people who just won’t quit nor give up on you until you have reached your full potential and sees you happy.

In terms of my speech impediment, she never ever held me back or answered for me.

She encouraged me on a daily basis to be open, proud and strong.

Coming from a South Asian background where impediments or disorders are usually brushed under the carpet, this meant a lot to me.

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

Coming from an education background and working with struggling youths every day,

I would like to see it mandatory for every secondary school and sixth form to have a qualified social worker based in the student services/hub team.

If not every institution, at least the most deprived schools.

Social workers can add their own knowledge and expertise when

dealing with student

safeguarding cases and with the amount of student referrals we receive we will have another expert staff to join the team to share the caseload!

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