Dr Debbie Weekes Bernard was appointed as chair to the Social Recovery Strand of the London Recovery Programme in June 2020. Working jointly with members of the recovery partnership, including London local government and civil society, Debbie has led the development of five Missions to secure London’s social recovery, focussing on support for young people, mental health and wellbeing, access to healthy food, a robust safety net and strong communities. These missions have been endorsed by the London Recovery Board.
To ensure that community voice is at the forefront of Recovery, since March, Debbie has led an unprecedented and ambitious community engagement programme, meeting with a diverse range of communities most affected by COVID. For example, she recently chaired a powerful public roundtable with me and London’s East and South East Asian community to discuss a range of pressing issues including the exponential rise in hate crime they’ve faced following the pandemic.