Kelly Cooper

Barking Riverside resident since 2014

Co-Chair and Steering Group Member of Thames Ward Community Project and Member of the TWCP Health & Wellbeing Citizen Action Group

Kelly works at London Metropolitan University as the Head of Subject for Health and Early Childhood with research covering work with children from birth to three-year olds. Prior to that she worked for many years as an Early Years Practitioner and Early Years Manager.

She is passionate about promoting social justice and supporting students from disadvantaged sections of society. She is also passionate about ensuring that the health provision locally is what residents want and need in order to address persistent health inequalities. She would also like to build a community approach to young people and violent crime using the ‘Prisoner to Streets’ approach.

Kelly’s goal for Thames Ward is to create a mentoring scheme to support more young people to be able to go to university – using community initiatives as ways to build their skills and experience to support their applications and achievements.