Islington boss in running to be Mum of the Year
�An Islington businesswoman who set up an initiative to improve youngsters’ communication skills has been shortlisted for the Tesco Mum of the Year Award.
Sue Scott-Horne, 59, who was nominated by her son Kane, 21, outlasted thousands of other entries from all over the UK with her initiative to get more young people in the borough talking to one another.
Mother-of-four Sue spent 25 years working in Islington Education before coming up with her idea while recovering from an ankle injury that had put
She said: “As I was recovering, the murders on the streets were getting closer and closer to home and I thought I can’t just sit here any longer, I’ve got to do something.”
Her response was to set about designing and publishing her “Let’s get talking” discussion cards to get young people talking about issues affecting their lives such as addiction, depression and knife crime.
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She said: “It’s important because young people now are all mixed up and plugged in, they live their lives through computer screens,
“They’re just not talking to each other.”
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Her company, EGAR (Educational Games and Resources) in Shepperton Road, produces a variety of discussion cards for youth clubs, schools, prisons and community centres across Islington and Camden.
If Sue is selected to be one of the eight winning mums at the red-carpet final ceremony next year, she will get a makeover and photo shoot for Tesco Magazine.
She added: “I’m absolutely delighted to have got this far as I’m really proud of what we’re doing. I’ve got the magic twist that can get young people opening up to each other and feeling empowered.”
n For more information on how to support Sue, call 08448003056 or visit the EGAR website at www.egar.co.uk.