Helping people thrive

Case Study: Jim Fitzpatrick MP

James Fitzpatrick has been the Member of Parliament for Poplar and Limehouse since the general election in 2010. He has previously held the post of Minister of State for Farming and the Environment at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

“It’s easy to forget whilst Tower Hamlets moves up the league table because of people moving into the nice houses that, just across the road, we have estates where poverty is still rife.

EECF is highly regarded in terms of what it has done and what it can do. It can help corporates engage with the local community. The organisation has a strong track-record on delivering programmes that have made a real impact in improving the life opportunities of the local grassroots community.

The staff’s long-term commitment to the local community means it is best placed to understand the effects of high rates of unemployment and a low skills base in the area. The inroads that EECF has made must continue and this can only be done through strong partnerships between the public and private sector. Its education programmes, such as the E-mentoring scheme, demonstrate how much more can be achieved by bringing people together to tackle long-standing challenges. The beauty for businesses and individuals working with EECF is the huge reduction of burdensome administration that doing it alone usually entails.

The future holds a wealth of opportunities with the continued development of this area and I would dearly like to see the people of East London reap the benefits.”