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Ash Bathia returns to Barking to inspire young people in the community


The centre aims to reach out to families and young people in the area providing a foodbank, clothing bank, training and a gym, which helps to keep young people off the streets.

Ash Bathia, CEO of Probitas 1492, was invited to talk to young people who regularly visit the centre.

The talk, organised in conjunction with the East London Business Alliance (ELBA), attracted some 40 young people and aimed to inspire them to believe in themselves and work hard in order to achieve their goals.

Ash Bathia, who lived in Barking for 15 years was delighted to revisit the area he knew so well. The young audience were fascinated to learn of Ash’s journey to England as a boy, having to learn the language and fit in with a new culture and environment. Life struggles and family tragedy pushed him to focus on working hard and achieving success, ultimately working for one of the largest insurance companies in the world before setting up his own business – Probitas Syndicate 1492.

The captivated audience asked Ash questions throughout and chatted to him over lunch at the centre. The key message of the day: “Never give up.”

We would like to thank Pastor Obi for his hospitality at the centre, which relies on donations to help the community, and ELBA for the organisation of the event.

Hope Family Centre website: http://barking.foodbank.org.uk/

ELBA: http://www.elba-1.org.uk/