Rockwell was delighted to join its 2019 Patchwork cohort on Thursday 24th October for a masterclass which took place at the world-renowned No. 10 Downing Street.
During the masterclass, we welcomed the opportunity to hear from two inspiring speakers; Lorna Gratton, Private Secretary to the Prime Minister and Samuel Kasuma, Senior Advisor and Leader of the Civil Society.
Lorna, who began her career as a teacher, touched on the necessary skillset required for a job at No. 10, including an ability to digest and understand large amounts of information, prioritising your beliefs and what you want to campaign for, and above all being resilient.
It was then Samuel’s turn to share his wisdom with our cohort. His passion to give BAME communities a voice and ensure they are at the heart of decision-making was inspiring. He explained that government is the most important vehicle to make change and insisted that we must engage with government to accelerate the pace of change. On a personal note, Samuel concluded by stating, “your difference is your strength”, and despite this being the most diverse cabinet in the history of our country, there is much more to be done – No. 10 is an open house that no one should feel excluded from.
We then had an opportunity to catch-up with our cohort and hear their thoughts on the masterclass, shortly followed by an iconic group photo in front of No. 10.
This was the penultimate masterclass for our current cohort; it has been a pleasure supporting them on their journey so far and we look forward to celebrating their graduation. Rockwell is proud of its long-term partnership with Patchwork and we will be honoured to work with the next cohort.