by Jack Windle
The Messenger plans to interview all ten community
reps elected onto the New Deal Partnership Board in March. The second
to be interviewed is Adam Jones, the youngest of the reps.
Why did you stand for election to be a rep and how
do you feel about representing Burngreave now that you are one?
I decided to stand for election because I felt that there wasn’t
really anything for the young people to do in Burngreave and I feel
that the youth haven’t really got a voice.
I just feel lucky to be representing Burngreave – I’m
proud of the area, I’m proud of where I live.
How are you settling in to the role of Partnership
It took a while at first, but now I’m settling down to it
a lot more and understanding it better. There are a lot of components
that you need to understand, its quite complicated and you need
to know how the whole thing works.
What would you like to see change/happen while you
are on the Board?
I think there are quite a lot of issues that need to be tackled.
Crime and the environment are two of the most important things.
I don’t think a lot of people in Burngreave are proud of where
they live and therefore aren’t bothered about things like
the litter problems. I’d like to see more youth provision
and more awareness about crime and how to prevent it; security matters,
stuff like that.
Also I’d like perceptions of Burngreave to change. I think
a lot of people look down on Burngreave, but that is changing. I’d
like people to say ‘look at Burngreave, everyone’s living
in harmony’. People’s perceptions are changing –
10 years ago there wasn’t as much going on in Burngreave,
now you’ve got New Deal and other organisations working together
to improve things. It’s slowly making a difference. It’ll
help when the area looks a lot better, when things like the Vestry
Hall get sorted.
Do you feel you now have the power to make a difference?
I do, yes. I’ve had the experience of growing up in Burngreave,
I can help make a difference.
What would make being a rep easier?
Nothing really. Some people say ‘you’re not doing anything
in the area’ when, quite clearly, there are things being done.
Obviously its not going to be this big dramatic change overnight.
More positivity, that’s it really.
Other Community Rep interviews:
Issue 32, June 2003: Aisha
Issue 34, September 2003: Natasha
Issue 35, October 2003: Tony
Issue 36, November 2003: Dorrett
Issue 37, December 2003: Kelvin