Friday, 30 May 2014

At Derwen College open day yesterday

West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire yesterday spent the afternoon at Derwen college at their open day. 

Nikki was given a guided tour of the college around ten days previously, and was so impressed by what she saw; she vowed to visit on the colleges open day.

Despite the rainy weather, the MEP had a great afternoon meeting with students and staff on the very busy campus.

Nikki Sinclaire MEP said,

“This was the one visit on the campaign trail that really stuck with me. This college reaffirmed why I believed it was important to be an MEP, to champion local causes like this.
Colleges like this need support of politicians, both locally and at EU level.
This is a positive place to be. This is a college of achievement, and with a clear focus of what people can do, not what they can’t do”.

Nikki is also backing the colleges, “It’s a right, not a fight” initiative,

“It is incredibly frustrating when you hear of families from the West Midlands having to fight for funding at colleges such as Derwen. The students are passionate about their lives at Derwen – why should someone behind a desk take that away from them? Parents spoke to me today about their struggle with funding. It shouldn’t be that way. Local authorities should travel to Derwen to see the work first hand. Maybe then attitudes would change”. 

She added,

“It’s great to see former pupils, current students and the local community coming together to support the Fete and open day. This college is quite clearly valued and loved by the local community”.

With Danny, or Daisy the Cow as he was dressed yesterday!