Every so often you get a moment from an unexpected source that makes this job seem worthwhile.
I went to a meeting of some residents this morning at their request to talk about anti-social behaviour of some teenagers. I was, if truth be told, expecting the usual complaints about the actions of an idiotic few that blight many of our communities.
Instead, I was welcomed by a group of parents and their teenage children. The parents told me that "whilst their children are no angels", they were fed up with them being moved on for just hanging about and what was needed was more and different opportunities for teenagers in the area and they were willing to help me to get them. the teenagers made a similar commitment. Within an hour we had an 8 point plan and I left feeling completely rejuvenated, my faith in local people, parents especially, taking responsibility for their community restored.
Now, of course, I have to deliver for them, but with this kind of head start, anything is possible!
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