Each month our online newsletter features a new blog by a different Harlow Ambassador.

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908, 2021

Accuro: being a volunteer

August 9th, 2021|

Elodie Gibby is an admin volunteer with local charity Accuro. Accuro support children, young people, and adults with a disability with Clubs and activities in West Essex including youth clubs, a holiday scheme and adult friendship scheme in Harlow. I am Elodie and I am an admin volunteer at the charity Accuro. I am 19 years old and having recently finished my journalism course at Harlow College, I wanted to document my volunteer experience, in the hopes of inspiring people who are thinking of volunteering. I started volunteering because I wanted to experience the working world before getting a full-time job and include volunteering on my CV. Accuro looked like a [...]

607, 2021

Jake Shepherd: Young Trustees Movement

July 6th, 2021|

Jake Shepherd, a recently appointed Trustee of Parndon Mill, highlights the strengths of inter-generational decision making when it comes to charity governance and the quest for securing more impactful outcomes for all. Fewer than 3% of trustees are under 30. Despite charities enduring some of the most uncertain times in living memory, this desperate underrepresentation of young people may jeopardise the long-term future of our third sector. Thankfully, for both young people and the boards of trustees they’re seeking to serve, the Young Trustees Movement is working to double the number of trustees aged 30 and under on charity boards by 2024. As a secondary school and sixth-form teacher, charity trusteeship [...]

1606, 2021

Places for People: masterplanning the Gilston Park

June 16th, 2021|

This month’s blog comes from Sammie Steele, Managing Director of Placemaking and Regeneration at Places for People, who is overseeing the Gilston Park Estate development.   I joined Places for People because I am passionate about creating new, vibrant places for people to live, work and enjoy. I believe in genuine placemaking and putting people at the centre of new developments, and am working with my team to create a sustainable and innovative new neighbourhood at the Gilston Park Estate, as part of the wider Harlow & Gilston Garden Town. Places for People is responsible for masterplanning the Gilston Park Estate development, which means that even if some of the land [...]

1305, 2021

Down Hall Hotel – providing a space for the Harlow business community

May 13th, 2021|

This month's blog comes from Ken Flockhart, the General Manager of Down Hall Hotel - one of England's most established country house hotels, located in Hatfield Heath. With the business community slowly coming out of lockdown, Down Hall is making preparations for a busy and exciting summer. I joined the hotel as the General Manager just before the pandemic hit in the spring of 2020 and am proud of how my team of local staff have worked tirelessly to maintain and improve the hotel, which is set within 110 acres of rolling parkland. During the lockdown, we have kept a focus on implementing an improvement programme to make the hotel an [...]

1003, 2021

ECL: Supporting people with disabilities into work

March 10th, 2021|

Julie Bailey, Inclusive Employment Consultant at ECL tells us how employing someone with learning disabilities has been proven to boost both workplace morale and productivity. Did you know that disabled people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people? Through our company Essex Carers Limited (ECL), we are trying to challenge the prejudices around employing disabled people by matching employers with candidates and providing support to these candidates in their jobs. Employing someone with a disability and becoming a Disability Confident Employer has huge benefits. Our clients thrive on routine and repetitive tasks that other employees cannot sustain, or may find mundane. Our clients increase job loyalty [...]

502, 2021

Harlow – home of the UK’s largest Supercomputer

February 5th, 2021|

Dave Burrows, Economic Development Advisor to the Innovation Core, tells us about Harlow’s exciting new resident, the UK’s largest Supercomputer - Cambridge-1. The Innovation Core is the central part of the UK Innovation Corridor, situated midway between London and Cambridge, encompassing Harlow, Broxbourne, East Herts, Epping, and Uttlesford districts. Medtech and Digital Health have been identified as a key investment opportunity for the Innovation Core within the broader Life Sciences offer of the UK Innovation Corridor, considering the regional intersection of Advanced Manufacturing, ICT, and Life Sciences. Taking advantage of all this opportunity, US chip and technology company, NVIDIA, have just announced that they will site their powerful new supercomputer in [...]

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