Ljubisa moved to the UK in 1994 from Bosnia and Herzegovina, formerly Yugoslavia. After living in a number of places across London he moved to Soho in 2002, the place he has called home ever since.
He says: “Despite being right in the centre of London, Vale Royal is really friendly and has a brilliant sense of community. I make an effort to try and maintain this sense of community through helping my neighbours where I can.
“I have a few elderly neighbours who need a little bit of extra support but would rather not go into care, so I help them where I can so they can stay comfortable in their own homes. I’ve become friends with a number of people in my building through helping them with little things such as their shopping or just popping in for a cup of tea. It’s given me the opportunity to hear their fascinating life stories as a result, from a lady who fled Ukraine during the Second World War to a former West End star.
“As well as visiting neighbours, I try to have an active voice in my community as the Chair of the Residents Voice for Vale Royal and the South Residents’ Area Panel. I feel really passionately about the area I live in, it’s so vibrant, right in the heart of Soho and I want to make the most of it for me and my neighbours.”
“I’ve seen the area change so much in the time I’ve lived here through redevelopment, especially around the Charing Cross and Shaftsbury Avenue area. I think it’s good that the area is gaining a new lease of life whilst my favourite spots such as the old book shops on Charing Cross road stand the test of time.”
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