Rajah Ghosh (known as Raj) was born in Portsmouth and has lived here all his life. He is a postgraduate of Portsmouth University, a qualified teacher and registered social worker. He has worked in various children’s homes / residential units and schools around Portsmouth and Hampshire.

Raj is currently a Portsmouth City Council approved Shared Lives carer and through his work and work placements (mostly within the education and social care settings) has experience of working in both the public and private sectors, mostly with children, many with behavioural difficulties. He has also worked with adults with mental health conditions and autism. Raj says: “I would like to think that I can bring useful insight and experience to the table as a city councillor.”

Away from his work in the care setting, Raj is a part-time wrestling coach and also a certified martial arts/judo instructor, boxing tutor/leader and Level 1 Football Association coach. He has previously worked with or volunteered for organisations such as Enable Ability, Pompey in the Community and Portsmouth FoodCycle, helping with both food projects and sports projects. Raj says: “I strongly believe that no-one should go hungry and that sport should be for all.”

Raj believes that opportunities are being missed by those making the decisions about services for Paulsgrove & Port Solent and their residents. Raj says: “I know that residents want better use made of existing community facilities such as the Healthy Living Centre. I’ve also heard from residents about their parking and road safety concerns, and that there are local roads and pavements in need of repair. It seems like Paulsgrove & Port Solent are continually being overlooked and that’s why I have decided to put myself forward this year to stand in the Paulsgrove ward in the Portsmouth City Council local elections.”

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