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Agents of Change is delivered in partnership with Imperial College London, Hammersmith United Charities, Lyric Hammersmith and The Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.

participants 2019/20

women's community leadership programme

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. 

 Hala 

what are you working on now?

I'm currently working as a community pharmacist in Hammersmith & Fulham to coordinate seamless access to healthcare, including building connections between GPs and fellow pharmacists to help integrate new structures of service delivery to improve population health.

I also run an ESOL workshop at Shepherd’s Bush library, talking about health, nutrition, wellbeing, exercise and joint pain advice.

I was also fortunate enough to be offered a coaching role to support primary school children develop the skills of resilience, confidence and self-awareness.

why did you decide to join the programme?

I attended an event run by Agents of Change in 2018 and was intrigued by the ethos and aims of the Programme. It's a way to connect with like-minded women who are working in the borough to form meaningful connections and to facilitate change that will impact our community in a positive way. 

I'm hoping that I will develop the skills to make a change in local population health, removing barriers to accessing healthcare and medicines, and by being proximate to patients and their families/carers, we can change the narrative around how fragmented healthcare can be.

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I would be honoured and delighted to hear from anyone who is willing to collaborate with me and share mutual support in any way. 

hala@platpharma.com

 anchala 

what are you working on now?

With the support of the Programme, I'm looking to set-up a regular empowerment group called The Laughing Mummies. The aim is to create a fun and safe space for mums and women from all walks of life to come together, to be inspired and inspire others, to share challenges and work together to find solutions, or simply to have a chuckle about what life has held for them in recent times.

I've been thinking about setting up The Laughing Mummies group for many years, but have not quite had the courage to do it. The idea was inspired by my mum, who always had a smile on her face no matter the difficulties she was facing. She valued people and relationships above anything. 

why did you decide to join the programme?

I joined the Programme because I was inspired by last year’s cohort. I remember attending one of the Agents of Change events, and thinking that I too wanted to join them in making a difference to my immediate community. 

contact

I'd be happy to meet anyone who would like to support or work with me.

thelaughingmummy@gmail.com

 suad 

what are you working on now?

I've step-up a social enterprise called Journey Within in April 2019.  Journey Within is run by women, offering personal development and counselling services for women in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment. The vision is a society of empowered, nurtured and confident women who stand in their power.

 

So far I've successfully run my own workshops and collaborated with third sector organisations to offer workshops for their clients and staff.

why did you decide to join the programme?

I joined the Programme to develop all the essential skills and confidence to go it alone and run a social enterprise. I've never set-up my work project without the support and backing of an organisation. I'm also joining the Programme to meet and network with other amazing women doing some great work in the community, and this would be a great working experience for me.

contact

If you are interested in my work, would like to collaborate or just have a chat, drop me a message:

Journey.within.uk@gmail.com

 stephanie 

what are you working on now?

I support women survivors of sexual abuse and women who are or have experienced domestic violence by providing them with emotional and practical support.

why did you decide to join the programme?

I joined the Programme as I want to start a project within my local community that educates young girls and women (14-25) about domestic violence and healthy relationships, and support those that are experiencing abuse. I'd also like help with building my leadership and practical skill-set, broadening my network, and improving my confidence. 

contact

I welcome any interest, support or collaboration.

 

Stephf.williams@gmail.com

 bridget 

what are you working on now?

I run a knitting and crocheting group, which provides warm clothes for the street homeless. I'm working towards turning the project into a social enterprise, so that it can continue to grow and help others in my community.

why did you decide to join the programme?

Starting the knitting and crocheting project was my way of 'making a difference' in my community. I would like to continue to encourage members of my community to develop their creative and social skills, build relationships, friendships and community.

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 Hanan 

what are you working on now?

I’m currently volunteering with NHS Connecting Care for Children on how to tackle obesity within White City and Wormholt W12.  We created a project named Parkview Olympics which helps children in the community to stay healthy. We've collaborated with local stakeholders to be able to sign-post children to free activities or subsidized activities.

why did you decide to join the programme?

For me, the Programme is a great opportunity to develop my leadership skills so I’m able to lead my own projects within my local community and not rely on other organisations to do it for me.

contact

I'd be happy for people to contact me directly if I'm able to support, collaborate, or meet with them. 

hghouneim@yahoo.co.uk

 clare 

what are you working on now?

I work therapeutically with people living with dementia (yoga, cycling, cognitive stimulation and counselling). Last year I set up and continue to co-produce a social enterprise with people living with dementia and their families (www.forbrian.co). We operate in London, and look to develop practitioners and interventions that meet the diverse needs of people living with dementia and their families and friends. I have just applied for a grant from Hammersmith United Charities to start our most ambitious project to date: Developing a Dementia Friendly, Age Friendly, Family Friendly Old Oak’.

This project hopes to engage socially isolated people, including those living with dementia, in activity for brain health: social gatherings, equine therapy and inter-generational projects. Old Oak is in a ward where half of the area is open green space.

We aim to help people access this resource to promote health and wellbeing, and to articulate its value with #climate emergency in mind. We hope to develop a community of local volunteers and socially isolated people, to co-produce activity for brain health, addressing some of the chronic social issues in the area.

why did you decide to join the programme?

I joined the Programme to meet and develop links with other local women, to share ideas and promote mutual support for my intended project in Hammersmith and Fulham, develop my leadership skills in running for Brian CIC, including succession management and cooperative leadership, and develop my skill set in working to change the environment and people’s behaviour in light of the climate emergency.

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I would love to hear from anyone interested in collaborating, sharing ideas and resources in Old Oak and the surrounding area.

clare@forbrian.co

 johanna 

what are you working on now?

I’m in the process of setting up my own Creative Writing for Wellbeing initiative. I received funding for my first pilot workshop in November 2019. The project is for people who feel socially isolated, suffer with depression/anxiety, and the elderly, who live or work in the Hammersmith & Fulham area.

Following the success of my pilot workshop, I’d like to apply for funding for 10 more workshops, and a performance session at the end with the theme of ‘Stories from the Community.’

I had the idea for this project after using writing to overcome my own mental health issues. As part of my recovery, I have volunteered as a Creative Writing Facilitator for nearly 3 years for various mental health charities around London, including HF Mind, St Mungo’s Hackney, and Brent Hestia.

why did you decide to join the programme?

I decided to join the programme to boost my confidence and move an extra step in my recovery journey. I’ve been volunteering for quite a while, and now want to set up my own business, so joining Agents for Change seemed like a really worthwhile challenge to go for, as joining a whole network of women on a similar journey, would keep me on the right track and enable me to aim that much higher. I also want to join the programme to inspire other women to become more empowered too.

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 hawa 

what are you working on now?

I run an organisation that supports parents and carers raising young people with autism. We advocate and create awareness in communities where autism or disability is unheard of and has many negative views. We work closely with a local nursery and support ethnic minority groups who have limited English to understand autism and smash the stigma associated with raising neuro-diverse children. We offer parents and carers leisure activities, such as boxing in partnership with London Sport Trust, to release the stress of raising neuro-diverse children, and a chance to meet other parents.

why did you decide to join the programme?

I joined the Programme in order to expand my knowledge and skills, gain valuable advice, build my professional networks and achieve my personal and professional goals. I would also like the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals to share their experiences and journeys.

contact

I would be very happy to be connected to like-minded people who would share and support our cause.

info@letsuniteforautism.org

 rayya 

what are you working on now?

I work for a charity supporting the Iraqi community in London through a range of services and activities. As a member of a small team, my role involves both supporting the administrative running of the organisation as well as working directly with the community through our regular activities and events. Our aim is to support the community with their settlement in the country as well as provide a link to their home country through cultural and social events.

why did you decide to join the programme?

I decided to apply for the Programme in the hope that it would assist me in developing my skills and experience to better serve the community, particularly those who are harder to reach or not currently being directly engaged with enough, such as young people.

contact

I would be very pleased to hear from anyone who may be interested in collaborating on potential initiatives or even to just share ideas and experiences.

rayya.ali@iraqiassociation.org

 Farkhanda 

what are you working on now?

I'm a volunteer trustee secretary at WILDE (Women in Literature, Development and Empowerment). I'm responsible for the administration, and when fully trained, I will be teaching on our CPD course on how to recognise the signs of domestic abuse, as well as mentoring women who need help.

why did you decide to join the programme?

I heard about the Programme through my manager. I thought it could help me to gain confidence.

I'm also looking to improve my ability to work with service users, by aiding them to connect with local services in the community, and helping them to build their confidence and self-esteem. I'm also hoping to improve on my ability to work with colleagues. 

contact

I would be very happy to hear from people who would like to collaborate, support or share ideas.

farkhanda38@gmail.com

 Cinzia 

what are you working on now?

I'm a photojournalist and I run the Photojournalism Hub, through which I promote photojournalism and expose social justice issues to the local community and the wider public with talks, photography exhibitions, photojournalism nights, community get-together events, and training to provide a voice for disadvantaged and marginalised individuals and communities.

 

why did you decide to join the programme?

Reflecting on the stage that I'm at, I realise that understanding strategies and forward planning is something that I would love some help to understand better. Understanding impact assessments and fundraising are things that I'd like to learn more about. On a personal level, I see the Programme as an opportunity to meet other women with similar challenges and goals. I also see it as a way to become more self-confident.

 

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 Hellen 

what are you working on now?

I’m the founder & CEO of "Women Make Change" (WMC), including Hellen Atim Production's Ltd. I’m an independent movie producer, and award winning actress.

I’m originally from Uganda but based in London. I lead WMC's mission in promoting and protecting the well-being of women and young girls affected by domestic violence, through education, awareness raising and vigorous training. I have transformed lives by bringing families torn apart together again.

 

I’m also known for empowering members of my own staff through education, advocacy and collaborative partnerships with colleagues and friends, focusing on a win-win, end goal.

why did you decide to join the programme?

I’m a very shy person and not confident enough in everything I do, always doubting myself. All this begun after suffering from domestic violence from my ex-husband 11 years ago.

 

I think the Programme will help me to change how I think or judge myself, and I’d like to meet other people and share ideas that will help ourselves and others.

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 sharon 

what are you working on now?

I was previously a teacher for adults and worked as an advocate (1-1 and group) for people with special needs.

In recent years, I've been caring for my grandson for 3-5 days a week from six months old until he started school two years ago, where I now volunteer each week. I have also been volunteering with Bikeworks' All Ability cycling sessions at Little Wormwood Scrubs on Friday mornings. 

why did you decide to join the programme?

Having been out of regular paid work for six years, I'm looking for support to regain my confidence in dealing with the world of work. I'd also like to develop mentoring skills to help and support others. 

I'm also looking to develop a project to promote child health in the White City area, and I'm looking to work with and learn more about my local community. I've lived in the area for 27 years, but I've never really been engaged with those around me. 

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 yanique 

what are you working on now?

I'm currently working with an organisation called WILDE (Women in Literature, Development and Empowerment) as a Trustee and Co-Marketing Director. 

I'm working on a number of different projects at WILDE; from inter-generational events through to workshops and presentations in schools via the Youth Council in Hammersmith & Fulham on identifying 'unhealthy and healthy relationships'. I'm also looking to create a marketing strategy for our CPD training course, targeting our civil service audience. 

why did you decide to join the programme?

I wanted to be part of something that is rewarding whilst also enhancing my leadership and professional development. The Programme is a great opportunity to work with other women who have experience, knowledge and qualifications in leadership positions. 

Additionally, I'm looking to learn more about the different approaches to supporting service users to identify the warning signs of abuse. 

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 saskieja 

what are you working on now?

I work in the Family Assist Team within Children's Services at the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, working with children and families to prevent young people being taken into local authority care or remand by offering intensive and practical support and interventions. My role is primarily education and helping children and families to engage with the importance of education needed for the children to have better outcomes for their life chances. I'm very passionate about the life chances of young people and I collaborate with local businesses and charities to find support for them. 

As a qualified Zumba Instructor, I run classes for families and young people to enhance their mental health and wellbeing. I'm currently in talks with a local centre in my area to offer these classes to the community. I also teach a weekly seated Zumba class to older residents in my local area, with music from their era. We also run art sessions and tea parties after our class where we socialise and talk about our life experiences. I also volunteer for a girls group where we do Zumba and have talks afterwards.

why did you decide to join the programme?

I attended an Agents of Change networking event and I was inspired by the collaboration of local women, living and working in Hammersmith & Fulham, to work towards positive social change in the area. 

I feel this Programme will help me to maximise my potential to help young people to succeed in their learning to give them better outcomes and better mental health. I would like to improve my public speaking skills to effectively bring awareness to the barriers faced by young people. I'd also like to develop a support system of women.

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 nikki 

what are you working on now?

I'm working towards setting up a community hub, where the space will be rented to creative and tech start-ups for reduced rent in exchange for their skills and expertise. 

The community activities offered at the hub would be run by the businesses renting the space – for example, artists running art lessons, tech companies running coding labs, etc.). I'm looking to get charities involved, such as Mind UK, the Alzheimer’s Society, National Autistic Society and more. The space will be a safe place where locals can come for help, comfort, or connection.

why did you decide to join the programme?

I saw the Programme as an opportunity to meet women from the local area who are interested in making our community better and are using their skills to realise this. I'm hoping to find women to collaborate with, to be inspired by their projects and to learn from them. Through the mentoring programme, I’m hoping to make some real headway with my own development and to push my project forward.

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