As all will hopefully be aware, October is Black History Month and for 2021 the theme of ‘proud to be’ was chosen. This theme carries the aim of encouraging black people to share who and what they are proud to be, as part of celebrating black history, black cultural heritage and the many positive contributions of black people to British society. The Town Council is really pleased to support one of its own, Councillor Sam Adeniji, sharing what he is proud to be:

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"I am proud to be a councillor for my town across three levels of local government. I decided to be a Councillor because I wanted to make a valuable contribution to the Town even if it was in a small way. Being a Councillor is an opportunity for me to carry out work on behalf of and be a highly participant in the Community.  I felt there was no use in shouting from the side-lines, if I wanted to make a difference, I had to get out there and do something and one of the best ways of being able to do that is by being a Councillor.

I have seen through my community work how you can make a real difference in people lives.   I also want to focus on some issues very close to my heart these include improving the health services in the town as well as its mental health provision. I am determined to make a difference on these issues.

I have been able to work with a great bunch of colleagues and residents who are equally passionate about getting the best for our town and even though it is sometimes challenging and exciting, it is a journey worth embarking on. Over the years I had held various positions including being Chair of the Town Council Personnel Committee.

The colour of my skin and the way I look does not define who I am nor would I let it dictate my experiences. I see myself as an individual out to do the best I can for the town and for everyone, regardless of who they are or where they are from.  My advice to anyone regardless of their background is that they can become anything they want if they set their minds to it, work hard enough do not let people put you down.  It is important to believe in yourself, do your best and do what you think is right at all times."

Sam Adeniji