TEN days before the Commonwealth celebrates its 70th anniversary, the British High Commission gathered several non-governmental entities and possible sponsors in an event called A Connected Commonwealth.

High Commissioner Tim Stew, in his address to the various NGOs and sponsors, asked them to see the event not just as a networking opportunity, but a chance to see and hear from several organisations about the work they have been doing to make TT and the Commonwealth at large a better place.

Representatives of several groups, including the TTEITI and the Silver Lining Foundation, spoke on their organisations and recent projects which focused on social problems such as reducing corruption, gender and equality and protecting the environment.

“As we continue or work on various priorities, it is obvious that connections, collaboration and partnerships are essential,” Stew said. “Today’s event is more than an opportunity to gather, it is a time to highlight some of this country’s third sector leaders – to help them connect and work towards a common future.”

There were also several performances by young people, including monologues from students and poetry readings. Stew said financial resources are always welcome, but sponsors should think beyond funding.

“We must consider mentorship, guidance and best practice, and partnership,” he said.

The event was held at his residence, in Maraval on Wednesday night.