As a 20-yr-old community and youth work student, I made my lifetime commitment to ensure the voices, needs and the potential of women are realised. I have been fortunate in having had numerous opportunities to design and develop work with, and for, women of all ages, races and cultures, at local, national and international levels, developing at the same time deep and enduring bonds of ‘sisterhood’.
My early work included establishing Lambeth Girls’ Project; supporting London wide youth work with Black girls through an advisory role and involvement in Obaa a black women youth workers’ group. The middle ‘consultancy’ years involved collaborating in the Elevate programme for Women Leaders in Third Sector; offering local authority management training for Women and now more recently PatHERways programmes promoting young women’s political participation and Working on Our Power (WOOP) the first ever pan-European and intergenerational leadership programme for women, transgender and non-binary people of colour. Funded by the Open Society Foundation (OSF) this pilot programme, supported by Ubele has been designed and delivered by a team chosen to reflect and provide strong role models for the participants.
This creative programme acknowledges and celebrates the history, culture and diverse lived experience of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Women, encouraging them to reflect, explore, grow through connecting and building solidarity as women.
This intergenerational programme is designed to deepen inner knowing, empowering non-binary, trans and cis women of colour and personal transformation, as well as provide tools for organisational development and leadership.
PatHERways supported young African women’s community participation in London. It offered a unique opportunity of individual and group journeys towards becoming change agents in communities.
Wise Women on Wheels was an exciting project that brought fun and innovative approaches to the local community in Tottenham through the lens of cycling.
Elevate Women’s Management and Leadership Training was a two-year training programme (2003-2005) delivered by women, for women. It aimed at supporting women to ‘elevate’ their confidence in leadership and management roles, through training and/or coaching; with the added bonus of gaining recognised qualifications.
Lambeth Girls Project was set up in 80's by a group of women youth workers who were concerned that girls were getting a ‘raw deal’ from existing youth facilities and wished to redress the balance by setting up a project specifically geared towards meeting the needs of girls.