Q&A: Kelly Drake
PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 April 2018
Kelly Drake received NCT's national volunteer of the year award in 2016 for her work with parents and children in Newham.
What’s your connection with the borough?
I have lived here for 19 years and for the last eight I have volunteered as chairman and branch coordinator of Newham NCT (National Childbirth Trust). We create opportunities for new parents to meet, network and make friends so that parenting is fun and not isolating.
What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?
We are all volunteers and as well as being a very diverse bunch of fabulous parents who care passionately about helping other parents, we also like having fun and being real about the job of parenting. Newham NCT makes a difference to thousands of local parents.
What one thing would you change?
If I could change anything it would be to eradicate the stigma attached to suffering post natal depression and poor maternal mental health. Parenting is hard enough. I would also encourage more parents to get involved and volunteer with us - it’s brilliant.
Use three words to describe the area
Diverse, real and creative.
Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?
Locally I’ve met hundreds of brilliant and ‘everyday’ mums and dads who work hard to be the parent they want to be and think deeply about their kids and the local community.
What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?
Longer paid maternity leave for parents, abolish the national curriculum and let kids play at school until they are seven, and tax breaks for artists (I am a painter too).
If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?
I would be talking about the Newham NCT Open Evening on Tuesday April 24. It’s a great meeting to get involved, meet new people and learn about the difference we are making.
The Newham NCT Open Evening will take place in Stratford Salvation Army Building, 1 Paul Street, from 7.45-10pm. Children and babies are welcome and refreshments are provided. More information can be found by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07789 953151.