Monday: New year, same mission: engage with the people around us and help build sustainable solutions. Coming back to work after the break has been hard because this was my daughter's first Christmas. I meet Suzanne Miller, operations manager and the brains of the operation. She was MyGeneration's first employee and went on the payroll even before me. We talk about the coming year, fundraising plans and how we intend to expand.
Tuesday: I meet Billy, one of my boys from the charity. Our meeting is about designing a piece of inter-generational work, which ties in with my work as chair of the Pepper Pot Day Centre, which provides health and advice to the over-60s. The idea for the project came from Billy. I love it when one of the boys comes up with a workable idea because it is the best way of reinforcing that we are all in this together. All that's left for me to do is charm the cash out of potential donors.
Wednesday: I am writing a report for my next meeting with the trustees, where we will discuss our achievements in 2007, our first year. I hope to expand our work through partnerships and possibly open a second MyGeneration office. I designed the charity so it can be replicated anywhere. Let's see what the trustees think.
Thursday: I meet a group of local mothers to talk about new guidelines, which say that young boys should be encouraged to play games with toy weapons and that children should start sex education at the age of five. It's things like this that show me the Government hasn't got a clue. Two of the major issues facing young people are risky sexual behaviour and violence. We should be teaching them moral boundaries.
Friday: I hit the streets and see what's going on. I visit both the local mosque and the church, then do what I call the 'estate tour'. It is through this crucial work that MyGeneration became known and trusted in the area. I have spent years doing outreach work, and through this I have gained knowledge I couldn't have learned elsewhere. I want to dedicate time to it now because next week I will be busy with the Police Community Consultative Group, of which I am a member, talking to a BBC journalist about a youth documentary and with my role as Conservative candidate for Hammersmith in west London. I will also be starting my study of the welfare system and its effectiveness with the help of my pal Will Harmer, who is a research fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies.
- MyGeneration addresses social problems affecting young people such as drug use, crime and unemployment.