Charity & voluntary work

Supporting anti-bullying groups

For a decade, James has been working with  the Red Balloon Learner Centre Group, who have a learner centre in north London, at Harrow. The charity helps children that have been so badly bullied that they no longer attend school – a real issue of social justice and ensuring these youngsters get the education they deserve.

Pictured right: With Dame Esther Rantzen DBE, Patron the charity.

James has drafted a plan to tackle bullying in Schools, the ‘charter for bullied school children’ has drawn widespread praise and has been featured on the influential blog page ‘Conservative Home’

Serves on the All Party Parliamentary Group into School Bullying. This group brings together Parliamentarians, Peers and anti-bullying charities to look at how we can work together to reduce instances of bullying in our schools.

Organising Charity Fundraisers

James has been organising charity events for over a decade. He has raised significant sums for good causes organising and supporting charity fundraisers for;

Addenbrookes Hospital intensive care baby units (nicu/scbu),                                     Armed Forces Benevolent Fund,              Arthur Rank Hospice Charity,
East Anglia Children’s Hospice’s,
East Anglian Air Ambulance,                      
Great Ormond Street Hospital,                        Help for Heroes
Red Balloon Learner Centre,                           
Shetland Pony Welfare Trust,
Waterbeach Toddler Playgroup,
Waterbeach and Landbeach Action for Youth (WAY).

This included a charity event for; Addenbrookes Hospital intensive care baby unit, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Waterbeach Toddler Playgroup in October which raised £2,250.

The first was a Tsunami collection to support the victims in Sri Lanka. It was such a success that donated items filled a lorry plus £700 in cash donations. The collection was covered on GMTV with then Chancellor, Gordon Brown congratulating the effort made.

Leading a new Trust to protect our Tudor history

TrustJames has led efforts to restore a listed Tudor Tithe Barn Trust. It is the only one in the UK with the original floor in place. Pictured right: Celebrating securing charity status with some of the Tithe Barn team.

James has served on many trustee boards over the years including: Emmaus, Red Balloon Learner Centre, Hundred Houses Society and Denny Abbey Farmland Museum.

To learn more about the Tithe Barn visit www.facebook.com/FriendsofLandbeachTitheBarn

Champion for the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)IWF

The IWF are the UK Hotline for reporting criminal online content including; Child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world, Criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK and Non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK.

Was the first Councillor to be one of the IWF Champions’ – joining Parliamentarians and MEPs in public support of the Internet Watch Foundation to help raise awareness of where to report online child sexual abuse, and the IWF vision of eliminating this type of online content.

Supporting the next generation

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Most notably James helped the youth charity ‘WAY’ securing details for a potential charity fund for the charity at the Conservative Party Conference in 2011. The charity secured an £18,000 grant. This represented a very significant amount of money to the charity.

Gave community thanks to retiring youth project leader, Dave Beasley – who made a real difference in the community. This was featured in the local press.