Please find below Councillor Cook’s details:
3 East Villas,
I am 42 years young and I have lived in Haswell since the age of 4. I have a passion for people and this led me to volunteer and train in Haswell resulting in receiving an award at the Houses of Parliament. It was this passion that led me to becoming the Community Engagement Officer for the Haswells working on the Coalfields Regeneration Trust Project. This was an exciting and vibrant time for the Haswells. The large scale investment in facilities enabled the community to come together and together we ran fashion shows, fun days, carnivals, day trips and helped many people to gain qualifications and access employment. Following the end of this project I went on to form my own successful business with my business partner- Uplift Associates, where we help people to overcome barriers in life, we empower, we inspire and we encourage people to live life to the full- skills that will transfer to my parish councillor role, if elected. I have two boys aged 14 and 16 who are both active and enjoy sports and outdoor activities all of which are sadly in neighbouring villages.
I firmly believe that the “can-do” attitude can change this by bringing more activities into OUR villages for OUR children. I am proud to be from The Haswells, my family are from Haswell Plough, it is a friendly picturesque village that has been neglected. My pledge is to use my passion as a vehicle for the people’s voice, to get the community of The Haswells what they want and deserve.