Earlier this week, Stephen hosted the graduation ceremony for this year’s cohort of ParliaMentors from the Faith and Belief Forum. The event was held in Parliament and included a keynote speech from Luciana Berger, MP for Liverpool Wavertree, about the importance of faith, cohesion and driving change at a local level. Graduates of the scheme were presented with certificates and thanked for their hard work and dedication across each of their social action projects.
ParliaMentors is a UN award-winning leadership programme which offers university students of different faiths and non-religious beliefs the opportunity to work together to create real social change. Each team is sponsored by an MP and has access to Westminster, local and national NGOs, and expert training. This equips students with the necessary skills to make positive changes to their communities, their careers and the political arena.
45 students completed the programme this year, across 9 different universities. Stephen mentored a team of 5 from Queen Mary University. The team’s project, Faith2Faith, brought together faith and non-faith students to nurture a community allotment on the university campus.
Speaking after the reception, Stephen said “I was delighted to host the graduation ceremony today. I very much enjoyed my visits to the community garden at Queen Mary University, and I wish the team all the very best in the future”.