Read more about the inspirational women who are currently completing the Agents of Change Women's Community Leadership Programme in 2019/20. Discover more about their motivations for joining the Programme, and what they are currently working on. 

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Our 2021-22 cohort

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Saba

What are you working on now?

I work at Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank in a management role, and we support individuals and families in crisis through the provision of emergency food aid and other wraparound support. I also volunteer with Community No. 1, a small community organising initiative in White City, aimed at bringing
local residents to catalyse local social change.

Why did you decide to join the programme?

I feel that the programme is an excellent opportunity to connect with local, like-minded individuals and a chance to reflect on what good leadership means in the context of community.

Get in touch

I'm always keen to hear from those who would like to support, collaborate or meet. I am contactable at shassan4082@gmail.com

 Janis

What are you working on now?

I am the Co-Chair and Youth Lead for W12Together which is a community Big Lottery funded project. I am also a community champion and I run the foodshare. I run a half-term art/craft and fun activities for young people and their parents, providing pack lunches and I also take part in supporting residents.

Why did you decide to join the programme?

I decided to join the programme because of what it was represented. I felt that I would gain experience and knowledge to input empowerment back into the community. and develop my own self-empowerment to succeed, with the opportunity to Network with other local women.

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 Joy

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What are you working on now?

My own mental health journey and recovery has fuelled the passion I have for the work I do today. I am a senior partner in The Jen Group where I deliver: - Mindfulness Training: - Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) - Adult, Aware and Refresher - Suicide First Aid (SFA) - Lite and Understanding Suicide Interventions - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion courses - Making EveryContact Count (MECC) - Bespoke training and consultancy. I have 30 years of experience in setting up programmes, projects and services. and I co-managed a young people’s charity for 20 years. I have also worked in engagement and co-production in areas such as mental health and wellbeing and I am a Member of the Royal Society for Public Health.

Why did you decide to join the programme?

I have been inspired by two people I know who have been on the programme and by people at the events I have attended. I hope to expand my knowledge and skills into new areas of work and into working more with the community I live in.

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Naomi

What are you working on now?

I am the Project Coordinator for Hammersmith and Fulham at Doorstep Library. Doorstep Library is a not-for-profit community organisation dedicated to bringing the gift of books and joy of reading directly into the homes of children across London who need our support. I oversee our work with families in the borough by supporting volunteers, signposting local events and services to families, and building up our networks in the area.

Why did you decide to join the programme?

I joined the programme in order to develop my skills and confidence as a leader of social change. By better understanding skills like leadership, project management and evaluation I will be better able to lead my team to achieve our goal of working with more families in the borough to ensure that they are thriving in homes where books are shared and enjoyed. I am also keen to connect with other women working for social change in the area so that we can learn from and support one another. Doorstep is best able to achieve its aims when working closely with the local community.

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Kate

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What are you working on now?

I am the project manager for a small charity that aims to reach vulnerable/disadvantaged adults, teaching practical hands-on skills around furniture upcycling and sustainability, through work experience and workshops. My goal is to reach more people and provide them with our funded training. My role includes managing my team, and community outreach and networking to involve more people in the project.

Why did you decide to join the programme?

I would like to mainly work on self-development- this is my first role where I am managing staff and I need support with this. I also need to work on confidence in my abilities at work. Learning about planning, tracking, and scheduling, etc. would also be a great help! I really like the idea of a mentor
that could support me in my professional path/progression, as well as my role and work in general.

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 Eurydice

What are you working on now?

I run a project called Gener8te, Inclusive Life Coaching and Training. Gener8te's mission is to level the playing field and make the community more Dyslexic-friendly so that becoming economically, socially and educationally is more equitable and inclusive. I am a qualifying Inclusive Learning and English Teacher, just about to complete my QTLS (Qualified Teacher Status)with over 20 years of teaching experience. I am passionate about enabling people to 'flip their script' and fulfil their aspirations, especially those who are Dyslexic and have specific learning styles. I also work with UPG (Urban Partnership Group) delivering multimedia, IT for Employability and English courses to the community. We want to also use music, creativity: writing and art as well as digital and English literacy as well as life coaching and teaching skills to bring this business to full fruition.

Why did you decide to join the programme?

I want to take the Gener8te mission to the next level and become a registered cooperative social enterprise, putting equitable practices at the forefront of what Hammersmith and Fulham have to offer its business, residents and beyond. Gener8te wants to blaze the trail to help businesses, educational and community institutions and groups to become Dyslexic-friendly, enabling them, their content and services to become more accessible to their prospective
clients, maintain retention of students and employees as well as provide an outstanding service that boosts their reputation. Collaboration and partnership are at the heart of how we want to work within and for the community, believing 'we are stronger together'.

Get in touch

Yes, collaboration and partnership are at the heart of how we want to work within and for the community: caldwelleurydice@hotmail.com

Habbon

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What are you working on now?

I am a hate crime caseworker for The Anti-Tribalism Movement, a charity organisation based in Shepherd's Bush committed to tackling inequalities & promoting more equitable and cohesive societies. As a hate crime caseworker, I provide victims with 3 stages of support; emotional, practical and building networks. I also deliver sessions on hate crime awareness to organisations and young people.

Why did you decide to join the programme?

I saw this as an opportunity to connect with women from all walks of life which I believe to be a valuable learning experience. I hope to utilise what I have learnt to pursue projects outside of work.

Get in touch

I would be delighted to hear from those willing to collaborate or share ideas, please email me at: habbon.abdi@theatm.or

Susu

What are you working on now?

Teacher by day community developer by night. I am a community investment professional with broad project management experience working on different community investment initiatives. This has involved the development and delivery of social-economic and volunteering opportunities. Enhancing change to diverse client groups. This has also involved working face to face with clients and involving community engagement to diverse communities with the end result of developing connected skilled and resourceful local communities. My work as a lead community champion for the past 9 years, has enabled me to create partnerships and effective working relationships. Liaising and networking with agencies on behalf of local residents and utilising my interpersonal skills to build effective working relationships with a variety of organisations. I have successfully applied for funding for community events and delivered events worked closely on developing local networking events, working on community consultations events for research and development.

Why did you decide to join the programme?

The title Agents Of Change inspired me and the desire to empower my community. I'm hoping to best support and engage with my community,
stakeholders and AOC em in a person-centred way to deliver and access services. Coordinate community events and work well together to achieve a
common goal.

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