Angela Rayner presents certificates to Debbie’s summer school graduates

Angela Rayner, MP for Ashton-under-Lyne and Shadow Education Secretary, was the guest of honour for the students’ graduation ceremony at my “Working for your Community” summer school 2017 and spoke of the ‘absolute honour’ she feels about being a public servant.

This is my fourth annual summer school and what I love about them is that the students get to broaden their experiences and learn about how they can make a difference in their own communities but I also get a boost from meeting such great young people who are so full of energy and enthusiasm. It gives me so much hope for our future.

I’d like to say a big thank you to the many local organisations who’ve hosted the students and given them such valuable hands-on experience of working in the community and helped bring the theory to life.

Angela Rayner, who awarded the students with their graduation certificates, told them: “Politics is about people and, hopefully, you’ve picked that up over the last two weeks at Debbie’s summer school.

“When I was a home help and I helped someone to bed or made their tea that meant just as much as what I do now as a shadow secretary of state for education. No matter what you do in public service it is an absolute honour to do it. To help somebody and to have the privilege of someone putting their trust in you is a really big, and amazing, thing.

By taking part in Debbie’s summer school you’ve made the first step and hopefully you will all go on to do amazing things in the future.”

Summer school participant Rowena Jones, from Lydgate, who did her placement with the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund, said of the course: “I really loved it. The first week was great, learning the theory behind the community work and getting a glimpse behind the scenes at Parliament and how an MP’s office works.

“The second week was really practical and it was great to work with Bryn Hughes on the marketing for the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund. My job was to do market research for the next fundraising idea which will result in four children, who are victims of crime, being funded through university. 

“It’s a great feeling to think that you can help make such a difference to people’s lives and the summer school has really helped me understand the importance of working in your community especially as I’m considering a career in politics in the future.”

Bryn Hughes, founder and trustee of the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund, spoke after the graduation, saying: “It’s great for us to host summer school students as they are young people who are really keen to give something back to their community and they do it with a real sense if pride. And it’s good for us too giving us a sense of real achievement.” 


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