As part of our coverage of 2014 local elections, we have invited each candidate from Kings Norton, Longbridge, Northfield and Weoley wards to send in 500 Words describing themselves and their campaign.
Here’s a few words from Labour and Cooperative Party candidate Carole Griffiths, who is standing in Northfield:
I have worked with Adults services including people with a learning disability, the elderly and young people. I have helped in setting up community groups and applied for small grants on their behalf. I have always loved helping people. I have life experiences that really do help me to understand the needs of a community like ours. Now my family have grown up I would like to work for my community, my area, my district.
I have seen many changes over this time but sadly this is the most critical time that we are in now. During the last few years I have met people who have had to choose between heating a room or heating a meal!!!
I have spoken to teaching staff who are concerned that children are coming to school hungry.
The people of Northfield and West Heath deserve better.
Labour believe in creating jobs and supporting the business community to create jobs and apprenticeships. This enables people to work and support themselves. Labour will freeze energy bills, give free 24 hours childcare per week, ban zero hour contracts.
Labour believe in affordable housing and are currently busy with casework which includes housing repairs.
I believe in local facilities for local people and have fought alongside Cllr Brett O’Reilly to keep these.
If you elect me I will work hard for you in our community. If you want someone who understands how you feel, works for you and puts you first,vote for me, vote for Carole Griffiths on Thursday 22nd May.