On 12 June, Stephen hosted the graduation of the Faith and Belief Forum’s 2018-19 ‘Parliamentors’ Programme in Parliament. The event marked the end of a year-long leadership programme during which university students of different faiths work together to create social action projects, while being mentored by parliamentarians.
At the event, Baroness Warsi spoke of the value of faith as a guide in public life, while Manchester student Sonia spoke of the value of dialogue rather than debate in creating meaningful social action projects. Tim Mortimer, Parliamentors Programme Manager, and Michael Sternberg QC, the Faith & Belief Forum's Chair of Trustees, highlighted key achievements of 12 years of the programme.
Over the year, Stephen mentored a group of Queen Mary students who arranged collections at QMUL to support the local Whitechapel mission. They also ran workshops in local schools to prepare students for their next steps out of education.
Stephen said: ‘It has been a delight to mentor the Queen Mary students over the past year. They and the wider ParliaMentors cohort are young leaders who have very bright futures ahead of them. I commend the Faith and Belief Forum for the way this programme empowers students of different faiths to create change and develops them in leadership.’