As part of Women’s History Month, a dynamic, experiential, leadership training programme took place at Initiatives of Change UK, from 25 March to 6 May, where sessions were held over six consecutive Tuesdays. Mainly based in London, 20 women from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities participated, representing a rich ethnic mix of Somali, Eritrean, Pakistani, Afghani, Bengali, African Caribbean, Egyptian, Filipino and Ethiopian women.
Despite the tube strike on 29 April, a packed audience attended a forum on mindfulness and sustainable change. Representatives from business and the voluntary sector highlighted the threats posed by mental ill health to British society.
Joseph Karanja has never forgotten the poor and dispossessed in his home area of Eldoret, which in 2007 was the epicentre for inter-tribal violence following presidential and parliamentary elections. Under Joseph’s initiative, solar lights were trialled in Munyaka, a very poor part of Eldoret. Solar lights have been one of the tools used to help transform this community. Remarkable progress has been made in addressing the need for education, employment and income generation, but most significantly this would not have been possible without a strategy to create peace and reconciliation within the community.
Today is no different from any other day - it’s dark, wet, cold and rainy, yet young people are waiting at a street corner in the St Ann’s area of Nottingham. Yet today is different from other days. They are waiting to meet with Maxine Cockett and Adhi Scott, two local youth workers. Maxine and Adhi work with Bringing People Together (BPT), a Nottingham-based community project, which works with Initiatives of Change. My Story is a BPT project which provides a safe place for young people, from all walks of life, to share their experiences and make life choices.