Ian is passionate about the ‘involving the whole community’ in Community Links’ approach to finding new solutions. He was a founder Trustee.
After graduating from West Ham College (combined with local voluntary action) he led Crisis [at Christmas] and the Carr Gomm Society HA at formative times. Following an MSc in Applied Social Studies Ian developed preventive work in local authority social services; tackling poverty, empowering families, and thereby dramatically cutting statutory orders and associated public costs.
Ian transferred from Trustee to worker to assist with the campaign to bring the Public Hall back into use as Community Links new Centre (helping involve 128 organisations and finishing it with prisoners from Pentonville). Developing the independent resource raising operation followed, enabling countless thoughtful, profound partnerships, and creative initiatives over the years; 40 Stories (on the website) epitomises the shared approach and ambition.
“Community Links/Catch22 have, I know, the potential for a new generation of social change. The Advisory Committee is important to helping make this happen.”