Hounslow comes together to support communities through Covid and its major social and economic impact

A major conference hosted by Hounslow Council and its partners will take place online on Monday to discuss the borough's recovery plans in the wake of coronavirus.

Published: Thursday, 10th September 2020

Images of various activities which took place over Covid

The conference will bring together and recognise the community groups, businesses, faith leaders, public sector partners and residents who have played a role in the borough's response to the pandemic. Conference attendees will hear about and help shape a joint vision for Hounslow's recovery through workshops and discussions.

As one of the hardest hit London boroughs - with 37% of Hounslow's workforce being furloughed- the Council hopes the conference will build on the collaboration between many organisations and individuals which has grown since the start of the pandemic and begin further collective action to confront the challenges ahead across a range of social, health and economic themes.

Independent research carried out by Oxford Economics found that thousands of jobs are at risk in the borough and almost £200m could potentially being lost from the locally economy. A major factor is its proximity to Heathrow Airport and strong links to the aviation industry.

47.7% of jobs in Hounslow are in severely impacted sectors, and 30.4% of businesses in severely impacted sectors, and as many as 27,000 jobs are linked to the airport.

Conference speakers, panellists and workshop participants include:

  • Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council
  • Ruth Cadbury MP (Brentford and Isleworth))
  • Seema Malhotra MP (Feltham and Heston)
  • Becky Coffin, Director of Communities, Heathrow Airport
  • Jon Varney, Chief Executive, Brentford FC
  • Neil Impiazzi, Partnerships Development Director, SEGRO
  • Tom Pocock, Managing Director, Berkeley Homes
  • Tracy Aust, Principal, West Thames College
  • Julie Alexander, Director of Technology and Innovation, Places for People
  • Sam Gurney, Regional Secretary – London, East and South East, TUC
  • Susan Roostan, Managing Director, Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Victoria Eadie, Chair, Hounslow Education Partnership
  • Mike Foston, Feltham Community
  • Mac Downs, Age UK
  • Mei Lim, Reach Academy
  • Irfan Arif and Carolyn Sellick, Hounslow and Ealing CVS
  • Sally Smith, COO, Hounslow Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr Tal Mahmud, GP, Firstcare / Hiyos
  • Andrew Dakers, West London Business

Delegates will discuss topics including:

  • Jobs, skills and helping people into work
  • Supporting community, business and voluntary sector action
  • Low carbon neighbourhoods
  • Keeping it local - supporting our businesses
  • Digital communities
  • Health, wellbeing and reducing isolation
  • Preparing for winter in the context of Covid
  • Young people – meaningful engagement and stronger voice.

The gathering is part of the work of the Hounslow Recovery Programme Board which over the summer gathered a series of board meetings to explore how to mitigate the impact of coronavirus and build a stronger and more resilient future.

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council and Chair of the Recovery Board, said: "I am awestruck by the work of countless individuals, groups and businesses who have stepped up to the enormous challenges of coronavirus. The people of our borough should be proud of themselves and the work we've already seen is a strong foundation for the work we must now do to tackle tough times ahead.

"The Borough Recovery Conference is about setting out a positive vision for our borough and working collaboratively to deliver that vision. It's clear that no single individual or organisation can do this alone, so strengthening how we work together and engaging the whole community will be central to the recovery's success.

"We don't just want things to go back to how things were before, we want to create something even better: a cleaner, greener, healthier and more prosperous borough for all of our residents."

The conference will take place online on Monday 14th September 2020 between 2pm and 5pm.

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