Vernon presented “Black Echo” a programme targeting the interest, issues and aspiration of Bristol’s Black communities for BBC Radio Bristol for three years.
Vernon is on the board of trustees for this independent charity whose purpose is to build strong, vibrant communities where everyone has the chance to contribute and be valued, whatever their circumstances.
Vernon is helping to make a difference through Quartet Community Foundation who connect those who care about local good causes with those making a difference. Among a number of duties he sits on grant panels awarding small grants to community groups helping people in greatest need. He strongly shares the sustainable ethos of Quartet who build permanent endowment to sustain the voluntary sector over the long-term and also provideing community leadership to solve local problems.
Vernon is part of a national team involved in the planning, implementation and review of the National Youth and Childrens Strategy so that by 2015 the needs of young people aged 5 – 21 in the UK can be adequately addressed.
Vernon helps to ensuring Youth and Childrens provision is available across the nation, offering excellent development and support opportunities reaching out to diverse cultural and social groups as a means to promoting active citizenship
In 2007 Vernon was involved in a city wide project called “Black Bristolians - People Who Make a Difference” As part of the project Vernon was included in curriculum materials for Bristol based Primary and secondary school children to influence and improve achievement in Bristol schools. Vernon’s involvement included a video interview by Ishmail and Dan two pupils involved in project