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OBV profile: Gurvinder Sandher

MP Shadow - Gurvinder Sandher

Gurvinder Sandher is certainly keeping busy these days having been paired with Andrew Stephenson MP as part of the new OBV/CLG MP Shadowing Scheme.

In addition to his involvement in a number of projects, he has recently been appointed as Chair of the Kent Police Strategic Advisory group – a testament to Gurvinder’s commitment to enriching his community and his desire to make a positive contribution to wider society.

Working on initiatives in partnership with local communities and councils Gurvinder has built a reputation of being able to deliver successful community projects, and he continues to do so maintaining a work ethic driven by the desire to facilitate positive social change.

One of the projects that Gurvinder has run in the past include the Saint George’s Day Festival in Gravesham, a well known event in the South East. Gurvinder prides himself on delivering projects which bring people from diverse communities together.

Gurvinder has been working to improve race relations and community cohesion since 1999 working with BME communities across the public, private and community sector becoming the Director of the Kent Equality Cohesion Council in April 2010.

As well as his community work Gurvinder has embarked on his first novel about early migrants who came to Kent after the Second World War secured funding to see the project through from the Heritage lottery Fund.

To take time out from a hectic schedule Gurvinder enjoys Bhangra dancing, and as an accomplished dancer he has performed across the UK, Europe and other countries since 1984. He now runs a youth group made up of Asian boys who are encouraged through the arts to become active members of their communities.

By Richard Sudan

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