Champion of community David Barker scoops Herald Award


A City of London resident has scooped the 2019 Herald’s Award.

The accolade, given by the Court of the Company of Public Relations Practitioners, recognises those who, in the opinion of the court, have made a significant contribution to the charity sector.

This year’s recipient, Middlesex Street Estate resident David Barker, was honoured for his “tireless work” to form and deliver the Livery Schools Link Volunteering Platform.

The Livery Schools Link is a voluntary organisation whose mission is to assist children from less advantaged backgrounds to receive an enhanced educational experience at school and to have their personal aspirations raised, thereby increasing their employability and career options.

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David Barker was recognised for his tireless work

Mr Barker is also chair of the education and training committee for the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, and said: “It’s an honour to receive the award at a time we are now looking forwards to launching the platform outside of London into areas such as Manchester, Yorkshire and Sheffield for the next academic year.

“It’s also a double-honour knowing that schools in my local area, including Sir John Cass in the City of London and Canon Barnett in Tower Hamlets, can benefit from the growth of volunteers from industry on The Volunteering Platform.”

To get in touch with David about the Volunteering Platform, and how you can volunteer and be part of the community helping raise the aspirations of students in school, email [email protected]