Welcome to APAN

Welcome to the Ashbrow Parents Advocacy Network, a dynamic community where parents, caregivers, educators, and community members join forces to champion the success and well-being of every child.

Here in Ashbrow, we believe that the power of parents is undeniable. When parents are informed, engaged, and equipped with the right support, they become transformative agents in their children’s educational, professional, and personal journeys. Our network provides a powerful platform to achieve this vision.

Our Mission

These are the core aims that guide our actions:

  • Advocacy: We stand as a strong voice for parents, working in partnership with teachers and schools to ensure every child’s needs are met.
  • Community Forum: We provide a space for parents to engage in constructive dialogue on pressing issues, including BME experiences, behaviour and bullying, the dangers of gang culture, and concerns around police interactions.
  • Confidential Support: We offer a safe and understanding environment where parents’ voices can be heard, respected, and acted upon.
  • Accountability: We serve as a dedicated watchdog, holding public stakeholders in the Ashbrow Ward accountable, and ensuring that the needs of parents, families, and the community remain central to their work.

By uniting our voices and channelling our collective energy, we can ignite positive change and create a future where every child in Ashbrow thrives.

About APAN

The Ashbrow Parents Advocacy Network (APAN) fosters collaboration between parents and schools, enhancing the educational experience for all students through open communication and community building. We empower parents to advocate for their children within the educational system, providing training and resources to strengthen partnerships with key stakeholders. By amplifying parent voices and fostering connections, we strive for positive change and a brighter future for every child in Ashbrow. Welcome to our network, where your voice shapes education’s future.

Who We Are

Zarina Amin – APAN Chair

I’m a ward councillor for the Ashbrow ward and I represent individuals and community groups within my ward. Ward councillors are community leaders who aim to build relationships with individuals and groups. We are also policymakers and work with council officers on issues such as licensing, housing, social services, schools, regeneration, planning and the environment.

I’m a local family lady who has lived in Huddersfield for over 30 years. I’m very privileged to be a councillor in the Ashbrow Ward. I studied Business and Finance at Huddersfield University and Town Planning at Leeds Met University. I work as a Town Planner where I make decisions on development proposals. I am passionate about our local services and I know how important these are for our community. In my day job and as a political activist for many years I’ve helped to support many people. The Asbrow collation and APAN are just the start of a journey for the residents of Ashbrow and I feel very privileged to be part of this journey.

Helen Cudjoe – Vice Chair

I am Helen Cudjoe, a Registered Branch Care Manager with a deep commitment to providing person-centred care. I thrive on social interactions, enjoying the company of family and friends, and I bring a positive, encouraging attitude to every situation.

My compassion for helping others drives my involvement in the community, particularly through APAN. As Vice Chair, I play a crucial role in the strategic planning of our projects, ensuring that we make a meaningful impact on the lives of those we serve.

Lisa Brooks – Vice Chair

My name is Lisa brooks, I am a mother of two children, hardworking and driven, with a good sense of humor. However, I am petrified of spiders. APAN is important to me because I am passionate about supporting and helping people within our community.

After conducting research among parents in the Ashbrow Ward, I realized there is a strong need for support, as parents feel they have nowhere to turn. Being part of such a network fills me with reward and joy. My involvement in APAN includes serving as joint Vice Chair, where I take a lead role in the overall design, development, and delivery of the network.

Paul Peart – Training and Development

I am Paul Peart, and I have proudly lived in the Ashbrow Ward for over 35 years. As the youngest of 14 siblings, I bring a unique perspective to my work. I graduated and trained as a Project Manager and have a long history of community development and support, both officially and unofficially.

APAN is important to me because many community members do not fully understand their rights. APAN aims to bridge this gap by researching and advocating on behalf of Ashbrow’s parents. My involvement in APAN includes being part of the training and development team, where we strive to equip the community with the skills and knowledge to exercise their rights effectively.

Kiera Royal – Social Support

I am Kiera Royal, an enthusiastic animal lover with 2 dogs and 3 cats. I cherish family time and have a positive outlook on life. My love for food adds joy to my days.

APAN is important to me because I wish a program like this had been available when I was in school. In my role, I create strategies for social media posts and work with my team to gather positive stories from the community, ensuring we highlight the impactful work we do.

Lesley Laird – Learning and Development

I am Lesley Laird, a proud mum to my 11-year-old daughter. As a youth worker, I love to laugh and bring joy to those around me.

APAN is important to me because I am passionate about supporting and making a meaningful impact on the lives of young people, families, and the community. My involvement in APAN includes being part of the learning and development sub-team, where I support young people and their families.

Dr Milton Brown – Strategic Development

I’m Dr. Milton Brown, I’m the CEO and a founder of Kirklees Local TV, I’m deeply involved in documenting news, promoting civic activism, and fostering discussions on social and cultural matters in Huddersfield and West Yorkshire. With a PhD in History and Philosophy from The University of Huddersfield, I’ve dedicated years to understanding the experiences of African Caribbean individuals in post-war Britain, shedding light on their struggles and triumphs.

Beyond academia and media, my heart lies in community support. That’s why I’m so passionate about APAN. After conducting research among parents in the Ashbrow Ward, I’ve seen firsthand the lack of support services available to them. Being a part of APAN allows me to utilize my expertise and experience to contribute to its strategic development, ensuring that parents and young people have the resources they need to thrive. From my years of working with young people across West Yorkshire, I know the importance of empowerment and support in shaping bright futures. It’s a privilege to be able to make a tangible difference in the lives of those in my community, and it fills me with a profound sense of reward and joy.

Edwin – Strategic Development

I am Edwin Baker, a lover of Gospel music and the musical director of the Huddersfield Community Gospel Choir. I enjoy traveling, and my guilty pleasure is watching romantic comedies. I once had the unique opportunity to meet President Clinton.

APAN is important to me because I believe that support services like these are essential for making a meaningful impact on the lives of young people, families, and the community. In my role, I contribute to APAN’s strategic development, bringing a unique faith-based perspective as a practising Christian.

Christopher Morgan – Online Development

I am Christopher Morgan, I’m the Chief Editor and a Director at Kirklees Local TV. I’m a big fan of dogs and have had pets all my life. I hold a degree in Print Journalism from Nottingham Trent University. APAN is important to me because it facilitates the exchange of information and experiences among parents, helping the community stay informed about relevant issues, policies, and best practices in parenting and education.

I believe it’s crucial for young people to have every possible advantage to succeed and thrive, and that starts with informed parents. My involvement in APAN includes developing the social media and technical aspects of the website, linking it to the Voices of Ashbrow Newsdesk.

Our Aims and Objectives

The four primary objectives for APAN are as follows:

  1. To be an advocate for parents in supporting their children’s education in partnership with teachers and schools.
  2. To act as a focus group for parents to vigorously debate on key issues, particularly about BME, behaviour and bullying in school, the reduction and eradication of gang culture, and police harassment.
  3. To create a confidential space for parents’ viewpoints to be heard and acted upon.
  4. To act as a scrutiny panel for all public stakeholders working within the Ashbrow Ward raising the profile and importance of parents, family, and the community.

By joining forces, we can create a powerful network of engaged parents. Together, we’ll work tirelessly to build a brighter future where every child in Ashbrow has the nurturing environment, resources, support, and opportunities to reach their fullest potential. Welcome to the Ashbrow Parents Advocacy Network – where your voice shapes the future of education.


Working Together to Support Parents

Ashbrow Schools

Ashbrow Schools

APAN works closely with schools from the Ashbrow Ward, from primary to secondary right through to further education. APAN aims to engage directly with young people

Check out APAN’s list of school information here




Ashbrow Community Coalition

Ashbrow Community Coalition

The Ashbrow Community Coaltion is a grassroots organisations formed to address local issues, promote community well-being, and advocate for benefit of the Ashbrow Ward

Learn about the latest from Ward on the Voices of Ashbrow Newsdesk




West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire Police works collaboratively with communities and partners to address various challenges, including crime reduction, counterterrorism, and community engagement.

Visit the West Yorkshire Police website

Kirklees Council

Kirklees Council

Kirklees Council works to enhance the well-being and quality of life for its residents, promote economic development, and address local issues through community engagement and partnership initiatives.

Visit Kirklees Council’s Website

We want to hear from YOU!

The Ashbrow Parents Advocacy Network is always on the lookout for new members and volunteers. If you have a passion for parenthood and supporting your local community, we want to hear from you!

If you have an update you’d like to share, get in touch.

If you’re interested in volunteering or becoming a member of APAN, please follow the link below, answer a few simple questions, and a member of our team will be in touch!

Become an APAN member today!

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