On Saturday 26th February, Ruth Cadbury (local MP for Brentford & Isleworth) visited the RDN Supplementary School.

Chairman, Job Omondi, was present to warmly welcome Ruth on her arrival. He spoke of how appreciative the organisation was for Ruth to take time out of her busy schedule to see the great work RDN is doing.

Parents, trustees and previous volunteers were invited to attend the open session, alongside existing students at the Supplementary School. Many of the students cheered in delight when Ruth was spotted entering the building with one Year 3 student calling in excitement, “She’s here! Ruth Cadbury is here!”

Year 5&6 were given the task of pretending to be local reporters for the day as part of their English work. The students brainstormed interesting questions such as, ‘Are MPs able to just build houses and parks straight away for us?’ and ‘Who would you rather have as Prime Minister, David Cameron or Teresa May?’

Ruth was visibly impressed with the inquisitive nature of the students and it highlighted how engaged the RDN students are with local affairs.

One important message that came from the informal Q&A was summarised in Ruth’s words, “When we bring people together, we are stronger together.”

She recognised the impact that organisations such as RDN have in encouraging integration and diversity; helping individuals embrace British and native cultures and values; and in giving young people the chance to achieve their potential through a balanced education.

Parents also had the opportunity to ask questions and after the visit, time was set aside for deeper issues and concerns to be discussed. Many of the parents were particularly grateful at the fact that they were able to speak face to face with their local MP.

Overall, the day was received very positively with the centre packed to full capacity. RDN would like to thank Ruth once again for her time and hope that the charity can continue to work with her in the future.