My brother Deuan is an awesome man, he is 56 years old and the oldest teenager I know! Why a teen? He has an incredible energy that is exhuberance personified and coupled with his spontaneity about everything happening around him, he is never still for long.
My brother Deuan is someone I admire very much. He has many talents and he is someone that people love to meet and know, so great is his energy that he uplifts wherever he goes. He also walks his talk and when he puts his mind to do something, he always follows through.
My brother Deuan works in the charitable sector in England in the world of education. The organisation our father Gerry German started over a decade ago is Communities Empowerment Network and Deuan is Strategic Director there, responsible for fund raising amongst other things. Communities Empowerment Network or CEN as it is also known provide “Free Independent Expert Advice, Support, and Representation to parents and to carers of children who are at risk of exclusion or have been excluded”. They also provide excellent training in dealing with exclusion for both the community and professional organisations.
CEN do the work they do by relying on donations and funding and so on the 2nd August my brother Deuan will be cycling the Prudential London Surrey 100 to raise much needed funds for this organisation.
At times it can be useful to think beyond our own lives and families and commit ourselves to being part of the global family. We are the village raising our children and some of those children here in the United Kingdom, excluded or expelled from schools need our help. CEN is the organisation with an incredible wealth of knowledge, who are committed to supporting and providing information to the more than 1000 children and young people who come to them every year in a moment of crisis. Most cases should not have come to the desks of CEN but as we live in a world of reaction and intolerance coupled with confusion and fear with a system that doesn’t always benefit a child who might be different, the cases continue to pile up.
Your child might have been lucky in a number of ways with the school you chose for them and that is great news. I am so happy with the choices I made for my sons and my second born enjoys an alternative education in an eco school in Mallorca. However, all of the children today are tomorrow’s adults and our companions, colleagues and collaborators of the future. Where one is failed, we all have failed.
If you are interested in knowing more about CEN and what they do, please visit their website and contact my brother Deuan there – volunteers always welcome and any professionals wishing to offer pro bono work too (lawyers, educators, social media, marketing, fund raisers, event planners etc). If you can donate to this particular race then please visit the Just Giving webpage to do so. If you wish to tithe a part of your salary or income in a more sustainable way, then CEN would love to hear from you.
In memory of our father Gerry German, a man who had many children – 5 were biological and hundreds of thousands were his soul children – “believing is seeing” and he saw the very best of each and every one of us!
Communties Empowerment Network http://www.cenlive.org/
To donate, London Surrey 100 https://www.justgiving.com/Deuan-German4/