Celebrating the power of networks

17 May 2022

LVN trustee and garage artist Maxwell D

Court Assistant Steve Smith reports on event held by Local Village Network, the charity which was funded by the Charitable Fundraising Committee’s Better Together initiative…

If you ever get the chance to attend a Local Village Network (LVN) community celebration, please go! Court Liveryman Emma Steenson and I attended the 2022 Power of Networks event in May at the Business Design Centre in Islington. It was a night of networking, celebration, live music and fun, with 35 organisations showcasing their services.

The event enabled young people to share their experience and celebrate their successes. Three young people took to the stage and really ‘owned it’, delivering excellent speeches to a large audience. The general theme of their speeches was that LVN inspired these young people to be the best they can be. MP Emily Thornberry presented ten awards to organisations and individuals in recognition of their support of LVN’s programme and young people. The WCIT got a special mention and a public thank you from LVN Founder and CEO, Rachael Box.

There were some wonderful musical performances by young people aged 10 to 19 from Amberliegh, an integrated creative arts, drum and dance music group for children and young people. Later in the evening there was more live music including an appearance by professional garage artist and LVN trustee, Maxwell D. The community celebration also provided an opportunity for over 100 young people from City & Islington College to gain valuable work experience helping to organise the event.

The Power of Networks was an excellent event and although there were around 500 attendees, it felt like a large family gathering. I came away wanting to do more for LVN: they are doing some great work providing opportunities for young people and celebrating young talent.

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