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Lead Positive Change

On the 10th of March 2021, participants on the Lead Positive Change programme were given 60 seconds to pitch their projects to a panel of experts; like something out of Dragons Den.

The panel was one to be reckoned with: Including the founder and CEO of the Ubele Initiative, Yvonne Field, the founder and CEO of BUD, Georgina Wilson, and Anita Thorpe, founder of Diverse.

The pitches were a celebration of an 8-week long programme helping a group of individuals turn an idea into an enterprise. They were a collection of empowering stories which demonstrated how a group of individuals came together and supported each other in developing their individual ideas.

They were also probably, the shortest 60 seconds of their lives!

"BUT THIS ISN’T A STORY ABOUT THE END RESULT. IT’S ABOUT THE GROWTH BEHIND-THE SCENES"

Lead Positive Change is BUD’s signature programme, a social enterprise which provides leadership coaching and consulting to organisations looking to make positive change.

It is designed for people of colour who are passionate about making a positive change to the community.

And it’s free!!!

It began on a bleak Wednesday evening in January. Twenty four nervous, yet excited participants met on the programme for the first time to begin their journey to becoming fearless leaders.

With the course introduced and the ground rules set, the participants began with an ice-breaker activity, buddying up so they could socialise, share empowering stories, and begin to bounce ideas off each other.

Little did they know how much they had in common. One participant was surprised to learn how “so many people felt the same way” about creating life-changing projects. Another mentioned how “fun” and “nice” it was to start creating a network on their journey to building positive change.

With encouragement from our enthusiastic facilitators, Sharon Brooks & Mel Vidal, there was a sense of achievement , empowerment, and great vibes amongst the group as participants left the meeting “feeling very positive,” “deeply, deeply grateful,” and “energized.”

When the lights went down, the action started

Between the weekly check-ins, the Lead Positive Change programme facilitates an active learning experience for participants, providing a workbook, online learning modules, networking opportunities, and an online interactive whiteboard.

The online learning programme includes video tutorials introducing key terms and concepts, quizzes to consolidate participants’ understanding, and tasks to prepare ahead of each weekly check-in.

Following on from the ice-breaker activity, participants were put into pairs as part of a Buddy System. Each pair would then meet up with their buddy at least once before the next check-in session.

This was an aspect of the programme the participants loved! Many used the Buddy system to gain positive “feedback and encouragement,” others set up Zoom and Whatsapp calls, whilst one pair used the session to go through homework tasks together.

The tasks are accompanied by a workbook which is a colourful, joyful space for participants to structure their ideas clearly and create a foundation for their project.

One of the most ambitious goals of the programme is to create a culture of reciprocity.

Using an interactive online noticeboard through Miro, participants are able to engage in a skills exchange where they can offer their expertise in return for help in other areas related to the project or wellbeing.

WEEK 2: THE 'WHY' MOMENT

The online noticeboard became a core part of the Lead Positive Change programme for participants.

At the second weekly check-in, participants discussed their ‘why’ moment. 

Why had they joined the Lead Positive Change programme? Why did they want to create an enterprise? Why might something stop them from acting on their idea?

"BEING IN THIS

TOGETHER"

Reflecting on the module tasks through the online noticeboard, participants unanimously agreed that one thing was stopping them from acting upon their ideas: Procrastination.

One strategy discussed by the energising facilitators was peer support. As participants buddied up again, many of them highlighted how the Buddy System was making them “accountable,” encouraging “feedback,” and giving them a sense of “being in this together.

Another strategy was developing clarity of thought. One participant, Charles Olorunfemi, mentioned how Lead Positive Change helped him take that step towards creating his project by narrowing down the range of ideas he had into one coherent plan.

Week 3: Gaynor, Marley, and Beyonce

With a mixtape of empowering songs ringing in the participants’ ears, the participants’ motivation was through the roof for the third check-in.

At the centre of the conversation was wellbeing and mindfulness, as participants discussed ways to connect with their senses and surroundings using the Take 5 method.

Using the Miro whiteboard, the conversation became a recurring theme as participants took turns to share self-care tips such as positive affirmation, taking short, regular breaks, and being at peace with saying the word no.

At this relatively early stage of the programme, participants had already begun to take steps to put their projects into action.

One participant, Caroline Ada, had even received funding from Arts Council England and Global Fund for Children for Swallow Wings Puppetry CIC, for her multimedia puppet show celebrating Afro Caribbean culture.

And this took place weeks before funding had even been introduced in the programme…

WEEK 4: MARKETING

To get our participants in a sales sales sales mindset, participants were asked to record 90-second long videos to share with their allocated buddy for that week.

The videos were a starting point to discuss market research as facilitators encouraged participants to put themselves in the shoes of their target audience.

Participants were particularly drawn to the sales funnel concept and consolidated their learning through a market plan-sharing activity.

With another buddy to pair up with for the week, participants were also assigned personal mentors who they could ask specific questions related to their project.

The 45-minute-long sessions enabled participants to receive expert advice from professionals, start-up founders, and community workers, many of whom boast over 10-years’ experience.

Week 5: FUNDING: GETTING IN
THE EMPIRE STATE OF MIND

To help participants get in an empire state of mind for funding, Lead Positive Change brought in several experts for the money module.

The online modules included videos about budgeting and funding by Lisa Newton, an accounting expert, Paris Petgrave, an award-winning businesswoman and founder of a workplace tool, We Love Work, and a live Q&A session with Helen Samson, founder of the consultancy Forcera CIC, who answered questions on funding and accessibility.

Many participants expressed how their communication skills were improving whilst on the programme. The programme nurtured these skills by giving participants plenty of opportunities to practice pitching.

While one participant highlighted how the programme was helping her address her idea more “succinctly,” others described how they realised they needed to “be more specific” with their idea and “hone-in their target market.”

Another participant, Leroy, summarised the Lead Positive Change process as “refinement” as the pitching opportunities helped him “condense ideas down” and combine “emotion” with “ideas.”

Week 6: THE BUSINESS CANVAS: THE PARTICIPANTS’ TURN TO SHINE

The sixth check-in was all about developing a business model canvas. By this point, participants were taking more and more responsibility, as two participants put themselves forward to give skill-sharing presentations.

The first was by Samantha, who gave a presentation on using Canva to create effective branding, while Nya’s excel document and video illustrated how to create an interactive cashflow spreadsheet.

Participants also carried out personality tests to identify the ‘must-have’ qualities of leaders. Participants found that the test “resonated” with them, helping them reflect on why they make certain decisions and the difference between leadership and management.

At the end of the session, participants shared how they had developed a routine whilst on the programme:

1. Complete weekly check-in tasks.

2. Attend the check-in. Share some positivity whilst feeling motivated and empowered.

3. Go and do something that makes you happy. For the participants, this included getting outside, listening to music, and self-reflection.

The activities reflected Lead Positive Change’s strategy to instil resilience in its participants, encouraging them to become effective leaders by taking care of their wellbeing

Week 7: PITCH PRACTICE, LEGAL STRUCTURES, THE ONLINE COMMUNITY,PROGRESS, AND CELEBRATION (GOOD TIMES, COME ON!)

With the million-dollar pitch in sight, our penultimate weekly check-in gave participants another opportunity to rehearse their pitch deck, focussing on storytelling.

For many of the participants, the final pitch would be the first time they had officially presented anything. However, in a friendly, inclusive environment and with the facilitators’ backing, the check-in became a supportive space for participants to receive constructive pointers for improvement.

The check-in was supported by participant-led presentations as Karina Cuji gave a warm presentation about the BUD online community. The community is a system focussed around reciprocity where every month, members are connected via the leadership and entrepreneurial skills they want to develop.

If that wasn’t enough, participants were treated to another live Q&A session with Jacy Stewart – founder of For Business Sake. As well as providing 1-to-1 mentoring sessions and presenting some of the online learning videos, Jacy’s expertise helped participants answer legal and business-related queries including setting up partnerships and measuring impact.

The energy, empowerment, and confidence of the participants had demonstrably improved across the seven weeks. One participant, Janet Taylor McPherson, mentioned how she had set up a meeting with Credit Union Croydon BME & Croydon Wellbeing Centre to support her project providing financial community and sustainability in the area.

Another participant, Zaria, had used Samantha Ward’s presentation from the previous check-in to build herself a logo using Canva. Her proactive attitude, fostered by Lead Positive Change and her network, empowered her to attract her first client for her resume and Linkedin profile builder.

SO WHAT DID THE PARTICIPANTS GET OUT OF THE LEAD POSITIVE CHANGE PROGRAMME?

Some notable project mentions include:

Maths2Infinity – Alicia created a two-part service providing Maths tuition to individuals and groups from BAME and disadvantaged backgrounds. The panel and participants warmed to the personal story behind her project, voting it ‘best idea’.

Alaga Kita – Sarah’s recruitment consultancy not only helps migrants and people from BME ethnic groups find employment and improve their livelihood, but also reinvests its profits to the Kanlungan Flipino Consortium, a charity supporting the social, economic, and political welfare of Filipinos in the UK. The panel and participants particularly enjoyed the way Alaga Kita was pitched, as its “clear”, “coherent” message was voted ‘presentation of the night’.

The Soul Shack LDN – Shanelle Webb created a community providing cooking and business workshops and mentoring, as well as summer and holiday camps for young people. The panel and participants agreed Shanelle’s pitch had a ‘wow factor’ with a strong opening and “moving story.”

WHILST WE HAVE HIGHLIGHTED A FEW PARTICIPANTS, WE TRULY BELIEVE EVERYONE’S A WINNER FOR GOING ON THIS LEAD POSITVE CHANGE JOURNEY.

Out of those who have participated, all of the participants said they now have a clear idea of their project, while at least eight participants have either launched their idea, or are in the process of launching.

All the participants say they have unlocked a community that can help support them with their ideas, as the Buddy System enabled each participant to build at least seven natural connections, as well as being connected with their mentors and speakers.

All of the participants mentioned they now feel they have the confidence to be a leader in their community and they would definitely recommend it to others.

THANK YOU!

Of course, this 8-week long Lead Positive Change roller coaster would not have been possible without the support of the incredible leaders and change-makers.

First of all, the coordinators, and facilitators: Georgina Wilson, Sharon Brooks, Mel Vidal and Marilena Dyranis-Maonis for ensuring the smooth running of sessions and keeping an upbeat, positive vibe, especially during lockdown.

The team of mentors and online learning presenters.

Chris Gardner, Emily Lewis, Gayathiri Kamalakanthan,Jacy Stewart, Helen Sanson, Hanan Atmani, Lere Fisher, Lisa Newton, Mariama Njie, Melissa Vidal, Paris Petgrave,Timi Merriman Johnson and Vanessa Kanaiza for giving up their time to nurture talent, share knowledge and give the learning module slides some ‘value-added’ positivity.

The panel for providing their expertise and a platform for our participants to spread their positivity.

The Ubele Initiative for supporting the Lead Positive Change Programme, its values, and giving a voice to our incredible participants.

The London Community Response for funding this entire project.

And of course, the participants themselves.

START YOUR LEADERSHIP JOURNEY AND LAUNCH YOUR IDEA

We’d be delighted to equip, enable and empower you through the Lead Positive Change Programme. Find out more here:

Celebrating the Achievements of Women in Leadership!

Celebrating the Achievements of Women in Leadership!

BUD is a female-run, diverse organisation set up in 2014 by Georgina Wilson. She started her journey with the desire to lead positive change and empower others. Georgina has now created unconventional leadership programmes that help plug the gap between the desire to lead change and having the tools to do so. Indeed an inspiring female leader!

BUD advocates for inclusivity in leadership and entrepreneurship. We train leaders to be empowered and enabled to fearlessly leave a legacy. 

This month and beyond, we aim to challenge the suppression women have faced in leadership roles. With this year’s international women’s day theme #ChooseToChallenge, it is abundantly clear women have, during the pandemic, risen and shown their competency, leadership expertise and independence by leading fearlessly.

As the UN women’s organisation have said:

“Women leaders and women’s organizations have demonstrated their skills, knowledge and networks to effectively lead in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. Today there is more acceptance than ever before that women bring different experiences, perspectives and skills to the table, and make irreplaceable contributions to decisions, policies and laws that work better for all.”

This month we are celebrating women’s achievements in striving for an equal future by challenging inequality.

As a female-run business, we value the strength, efforts and commitment women have dedicated to leading their community.

So here are a few, from many, success stories of our female participants who have become strong leaders in their communities by choosing to challenge their obstacles:

FEARLESS LEADER PROGRAMME is a residential weekend which aims to nurture emerging leaders, build their confidence and realise their potential of becoming fearless, empowered and decisive leaders. This programme is all about challenging the obstacle we face on the journey of becoming leaders!

LEAD POSITIVE CHANGE programme is our signature programme which aims to help participants gain entrepreneurial skills to independently kickstart their own community project or enterprise for positive change. This programme is all about leading positivity in our communities, whether it be challenging inequality or supporting others.

STORYTELLING TO BUILD ENGAGEMENT is a 1-day workshop we offer to help participants create a vision of their organisation through storytelling, social media and communications plan in order to engage with their community. This programme is about building a good comms plan to channel your voice and message to your community!

We want to inspire women, renew their faith within themselves, and help them achieve their dreams! This can only happen with your determination to #ChooseToChallenge the hurdles that block your path to success.

Here at BUD we facilitate the bright future women have in leadership and decision-making and contribute to an equal future for everyone. Join one of our programmes to challenge the inequality we face as female leaders!

Sending love, appreciation and blessings to women all around the world. Let’s celebrate Women in Leadership!


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How to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021 during Lockdown?

How to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021 during Lockdown?

 

 

IWD or International Women’s Day is a global event that commemorates achievements of women across social, economic, cultural and political arenas. It has a theme marked every year and in 2021 it proposes #challengetochange. Do check out our CEO- Georgina’s Challenge this year!

Here at BUD, we are proud to have such an amazing group of women empowering and enabling others to step forward and lead positive change in businesses and communities.

Every year, women have marked some incredible strides and a noteworthy example is the way they have defined and shaped leadership. Over the last two years, countries with women leaders have received global reverence for effectively handling COVID-19. Besides, Kamala Harris defied all odds by becoming the first ever female, Black and South Asian Vice President of the United States and United Kingdom prides Scotland becoming the first ever country to allow free and universal access to menstrual products. All of these represent women paving the way for a more inclusive and equitable society. 

Female leaders be it in business or politics play a vital role in leading the path to change. Whilst this is just the starting point, it is up to us as the greater part of the society to get started and get involved. 

As the pandemic continues, here are #5 ways in which we encourage you to celebrate International Women’s Day:

#1 Acknowledge the amazing women in your life

Simple words of concern and encouragement can have a lasting impact in inspiring and dignifying people. Start by simply texting, calling your mother, grandmother, sister, friend or girlfriend preferably on video and let them know how amazing they have been and brought about positivity in your life. 

#2 Lead positive change (LPC)

This past year has been very challenging for everyone forcing people to change in view of adversity. Evidence suggests that besides impacting them heavily, 2020 has also been a successful year for female entrepreneurs. BUD’s signature programme, Lead Positive Change is a high value yielding investment for all entrepreneurs at the incubation stage. In our mission, we believe  in 3Es (Enable, Equip and Empower) to give all participants the necessary toolkits and frameworks to launch and manage a successful venture. Since 2014, BUD has helped jumpstart many entrepreneurial ideas and has been leading positive change. See what our change advocates have got to say 

#3 Host and attend an online Open Mic

Hearing from achievers is the best way to seek inspiration and probably the best way to celebrate women’s day would be getting women to share their experience, knowledge and advice on the roadmap to success. This year’s celebration is going to be online and it gives you a chance to network and attend if not plan and execute one virtual event.

#4 Watch a film (Netflix watch party!!!) 

With a lot of intense ideas, people would definitely look for a break. Here’s something that will make eyeballs roll. Host a Netflix watch party or any online streaming party celebrating women in films. A good starting point can be picking women centric films or the ones written or directed or both by women. Some interesting recommendations may be:

  • Hidden Figures
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Queen of Katwe
  • Erin Brockovich 
  • Suffragette

#5 Advocate for an inclusive workplace

To ensure women make continuous progress at work and in the society, it is essential that businesses create an unbiased inclusive working environment. This International Women’s Day, BUD gives you a chance to revisit your policies and #challenge the leadership team to ensure equitable support at work. The first step towards that would be D&I (Diversity and Inclusion) training for the hiring staff within your firm. For more details, sign up for the BUD taster session.

Food for thought! We wouldn’t be able to address the most pressing problems in the world without inclusion and equality for women in fields such as politics, business, education and healthcare. 

Happy International Women’s Day!


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We are growing our Team & looking for Marketing & Sales Manager and Communications Manager!

WE ARE GROWING OUR TEAM

We are looking for a B2B Sales and Marketing specialist and a Communications Manager who share our values and mission and will use their experience and skills to optimise our potential through strategy and execution.

We are recruiting an enthusiastic, high achieving Sales and Marketing Manager to expand our reach, develop and implement a clear strategy, and increase our sales. If you are up for the challenge and want to work with a vibrant fast moving organisation apply now.

APPLY NOW – Sales and Marketing Manager JD

An experienced Communications Manger will lead on all communications activity of BUD to increase our brand awareness and online presence. They will be responsible for creating engaging and relevant content for the organisation to ensure BUD grows its reach and engagement across digital channels and its network.

APPLY NOW – Communications Manager JD

Deadline: 23 February 2021


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Lead Positive Change is coming back in 2021!

LEAD POSITIVE CHANGE IS COMING BACK!

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA FOR

A PROJECT/ENTERPRISE

THAT WILL BRING POSITIVE CHANGE?

We are delighted to offer a limited number of FREE places for our signature 8-week online programme Lead Positive Change. We’re working alongside The Ubele Initiative to empower BAME communities and provide the tools you need to launch your ideas!

Starting mid-Jan, the programme includes:

  • Identifying your skills and peer-to-peer support
  • Build your confidence and overcoming fears
  • Developing a clear plan
  • Comms and Marketing
  • Budgeting, sustainability and funding
  • Perfecting your pitch
  • 1:1 mentoring

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Can we build back better to make our communities more resilient in the face of the impacts of climate change? 6 week online course – Future Conversations

FUTURE CONVERSATIONS

Facing climate change

Building resilient communities

6 week online course

Tuesdays 4.30pm-6.30pm

Starting on 6th October 2020

“Pay As You Can”

In collaboration with Seeding our Future @future_scanning

Are you interested in exploring how we can build better communities and build our resilience? Can we “build back better’ to make our communities more resilient in the face of the impacts of climate change.

Future Conversations is inviting you to join us for this 6 week journey to

  • Connect and share our hopes as well as our fears and challenges. Build your inner resilience by learning valuable lessons from nature
  • Open up to your creativity and motivation to build resilient communities
  • Challenge our beliefs and norms to allow what’s possible to emerge, particularly the impact of the climate emergency, and related social justice issues.

Register today, we’re looking forward to connecting and hosting these conversations for our future with you.

We will meet for 6 weeks (from 4:30 – 6:00 pm BST -UK time on Tuesday evenings) to examine how to explore and build individual and community resilience and begin making plans for a better future. This series of guided conversations will enable us to explore hopes, fears and needs for the next 5-20 years. We will explore facts and feelings, and provide processes and information to grow the confidence and skills to shape the future positively.

We offer this as a “Pay As You Can” series. We suggest a donation of £20, £30 or £40 for the 6 sessions. Any amount you can contribute over that will help our work to bring Future Conversations to more communities. If you’d like to contribute more please do.

Dates for your diaries are:

  • 6th October
  • 13th October
  • 20th October
  • 1 week off
  • 3rd Nov
  • 10th Nov
  • 17th Nov

Your Hosts:

Pam Candea, of The Surefoot Effect, CIC, trains group work facilitators, runs personal resilience workshops, assists community groups with defining and implementing their values into their work, and works with corporates to lower their carbon impacts. She recently ran a pilot series of Future Conversations for Belville Community Gardens in Greenock. She has been using the elements of Joanna Macy’s ‘Spiral of the Work That Reconnects‘ in workshops for several years … and is still enjoying the learning!

Georgina Wilson: Founder and CEO of BUD: Overseer, Serial Social Entrepreneur, Community Organiser, Programme designer, Project Manager, Systems thinking, Facilitator, Host and Coach. Supports leaders for positive change in enterprise and community using a variety of methods and tools. Her focus is to enable emerging leaders to unearth their potential and power and to move them towards action and creating change. Previously collaborated with TfL, Local authorities, Semble, Power to Change, Specsavers, Community Organisers Ltd and more.


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Storytelling for Change – Racial Justice

STORYTELLING FOR CHANGE - RACIAL JUSTICE

 

Recently, we ran a workshop called “Storytelling for Change- Racial Justice” with Semble’s membership of BAME leaders and those working with BAME communities. We recognise that in order to see true systemic change we need to amplify our voices and continue to tell our stories. We developed this interactive workshop to equip our community with the tools to understand the power of storytelling, build confidence to have a stronger voice and provide methodology and understanding of how to tell stories well.

Here’s an account from one of the participants Fon Browndy:

“For so many years I have been reluctant to talk about racism and how it has affected me – partly because in my experience very few people wanted to listen and partly because I have been gaslighted so many times (“you’re being paranoid / overly sensitive / one of “those” black people that makes everything about race”) that I started to question my own perceptions of reality. But more importantly, admitting to myself that the colour of my skin has disadvantaged me in so many ways and for such a long time was just too much of a painful realisation. Perhaps subconsciously I felt that racism would render me powerless and defeated so I refused to give it airtime for my own self-preservation. But inevitably my feelings have ebbed and flowed and changed over time and now engage with racism differently. 

Growing up it felt like no matter what qualifications I gained, how hard I worked or what successes I achieved I would always face racism and inequality. And as a black woman – unique layers of intersectional racist oppression and anti-blackness that I just didn’t know what to do about. So I buried these thoughts and emotions perhaps as a coping or mechanism for survival until I felt strong enough to deal with them. But as I grow older these experiences inside me refuse to stay buried and I am now more acutely aware that keeping quiet won’t solve anything or help future generations, communities or workplaces progress or help my internal wounds to heal. 

Stories of racism and oppression need to be told and they need to be heard. Attending the Storytelling workshop made me realise how important and impactful my voice can be for shining a light on the darkness of racism. Meeting other people who have been through similar experiences, people who are willing to speak up and speak out made me reflect on how telling these stories can affect change even if it’s just for one person.  

Facing uncomfortable truths is essential in the fight against racism and inequality. Re-living painful past experiences does hurt but it can be a driving force for creating a different reality for others and for yourself. Exploring ways of effectively articulating the damaging pervasiveness of racism and the destruction it causes whilst not being overwhelmed by it feels like both an art-form and a life skill but we can all learn together. Having a forum for well-facilitated discussion and time for self-reflection is valuable and taking the time to think about how you tell your own personal stories to affect change is worthwhile so my advice to anyone dealing with racism, intersectional inequality and injustice is to find your voice and tell your story.”

Others left the workshop saying:

“When you tell your story, other people feel they can tell their stories! That’s the way it needs to be, it’s empowering”

“Our voices matter for the change we need”

“That connection is really powerful, much better than lectures”

“Storytelling leads to empathy and understanding”

“Thank you for the session. It’s been inspiring for me and has made me aspire for greatness. Thank you”

We were honoured to have such an opportunity to facilitate this session, about something so meaningful and transformational and we cannot thank Semble enough for trusting us.

In fact just a week later I was personally stopped in a well known high street store and was asked to produce a receipt for my shopping. I never ask for the receipt from self-checkout as it just gets lost in my bag and I try to do my part in being good to our planet. It was clear that it was because of the colour of my skin as I was the only one that was asked, I was approached aggressively and it was very accusational.

Being black should not mean that it’s ok to be treated differently, it is not ok. This experience brought me straight back to this workshop, I had to share my truth and so contacted the organisation through a public tweet. It’s a minor incident in comparison to murder, but it still isn’t acceptable. I watched channel 4’s “The Talk” after this too, which confirmed how important storytelling is. I hope that we continue to let our voices be heard.

If you are interested in our Storytelling workshop for your community or you want to learn more about how to be a more Inclusive Leader, get in touch.


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Our adventure with Centre4 Grimsby

Our adventure with Centre4 Grimsby

 

On November 27th-29th 2019 Our BUD team arrived in Grimsby ready for Phase 1.

As we arrived at Centre4 our team was impressed by the great community space Centre4 has for hosting local people and businesses. Paul welcomed us with a big smile and ensured we had a tour and access to the space and equipment we needed. 

We got the ball rolling with our first workshop on Wednesday afternoon “Developing your story”. The workshop was super fun and engaging with lots of laughs and learning. Highlights of the first session for me were the levels of passion being seen and felt as participants began to share their stories, and noticing the clear connections being formed as each person shared their why. Anita and Georgina introduced us to the importance of a comms plan in developing and sharing our stories for local communities and businesses. There was a lot of enthusiasm and interest in learning more about being strategic with storytelling for change. BUD provided a fantastic takeaway toolkit for telling our stories while engaging with a clear comms plan. Each participant seemed excited to explore more. Some of the things that stood out to us was how much collaboration and connection there was just from this 1st session. Groups said – We didn’t know you did that and we’ve been here for years. Some agreed they would catch up and see how they could work together as they shared similar goals.

Day 2 Thursday

We ran 3 amazing workshops. We kicked off in the morning with “Telling your story through social media”. This included exploring a variety of platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and youtube and how each can be used and how to utilise these platforms for storytelling, we looked at posts, hashtags and videos. Each participant was informed and equipped, the confidence levels began soaring in the room.  As we harvested feedback the guys shared the workshops made them feel #inspired #informed #empowered.  

After a delicious lunch (in Centre4 cafe) our next session theme was “Events & Invitations”.

During this session, the objective was learning how to get more people attending our community events. Georgina informed us around the Eventbrite platform how to create the event, share invites and manage attendees. Each participant also really appreciated the 5 top tips provided for all these platforms. Anita led us into discovering the best way Canva can be used for designing posters, posts, slides and invites. During the workshop we created posters with Canva for any actual upcoming events and shared it with the room, the conversations flowed as people began creating and sharing the posters and events. One lady following our workshop used the Canva poster she created with us as an advert for her upcoming ladies event. 

After a refreshing break, we dived into Workshop 3. 

“Storytelling through video”

Lee shared about vlogging, youtube, and how to create a channel and make use of clear CTAs (call to actions) to engage our audiences better. For some participants they never heard of CTAs or how to include these on videos, this part was new and different, but the group really grasped the tips and tools provided extremely well.  Georgina encouraged us all to actually leave the room and make a video now. The group were a bit challenged, some had nerves but all participated in recording their own videos on smartphones and tablets, then we laughed a lot at each other as we shared the videos on the big screen, however, we needed the popcorn. Each one received positive and constructive feedback from the group and learned from one another. We saw the guys implement the tips and tools we shared using clear storytelling and CTAs attached to their videos.  Phase 1 was awesome, we all learned and laughed and looked forward to returning for Phase 2.

Phase 2 February 24th – 25th 2020 

We began our second two days of training with Centre4 Grimsby on the Monday morning after we grabbed our teas and coffees, Georgina had some energising icebreakers for us, then we started digging deeper into comms and exploring branding. We all engaged in some great discussions and activities about branding and logos, this really helped highlight our need to have an identity as community organisations. To have colours and logos that communicate our purpose and passions. Anita and Georgina facilitated the group in developing a comms strategy. We heard some amazing feedback and participants began to plan ahead strategically about their usage of social media, emails, and twitter posts, this led to some WOW moments for the group as some shared this really helps us manage and share the posts with more intentionality. Our focus for the remainder of the time was to raise up others to facilitate in the local setting, we had an amazing two sessions on:   

“Facilitation tools and practices”

These sessions really empowered the group to be able to facilitate their own teams and groups, looking into the key tools required and what great facilitation looks like in practice. Two participants (Nikki and Tanya – Community Organisers at Centre4) eagerly accepted the challenge to facilitate us delivering a few sections of our own workshop back to us. This was awesome to see the impact and activation, these ladies went off and began preparing the space, materials, session plan, and questions. They came in very professional-looking, and you could see the amazing effort they made. Of course, they absolutely outdone themselves by delivering a great session. Not pressure delivering back to the main facilitators that had just trained you of course. Here is some of their feedback about the experience. To be honest hearing this was quite overwhelming, but it’s why we do what we do.

Phase 3 March-April 2020

Now this was the moment of truth, could the Centre4 team successfully deliver the workshop we designed “Storytelling to build your audience”? We were due to support them at the annual gathering of all catalysts through the Empowering Places programme with Power to Change. However due to the COVID Crisis it was cut short, BUD did however have the great privilege of facilitating the whole group through their own “Stories for Change” skills sharing session. 

So we were challenged with the idea of doing something online. Georgina would be happy to lead with support from Centre4. Sounds feasible and straight forward, doesn’t it? Georgina being Georgina suggested that Nikki and Tanya could lead on as much or a little as they wanted, seeing how great they facilitated in person, she was confident they would be great. They stepped up to the challenge and exceeded expectations. In short, they led about 85% of the delivery of an online session to other catalysts, which participants enjoyed thoroughly. They did a wonderful job, we were super proud.  

Our time of collaboration with Centre4 has been fruitful and inspiring. Fruitful for the local participants in growing in confidence in storytelling, sharing stories for change via social media, learning top tips and tools for comms and utilising a variety of platforms Canva, Eventbrite, youtube and more. Over this project, we worked with 28 participants. The feedback we harvested was quite inspiring  including; “I am now confident” “I believe I can do this”“I have been empowered and inspired!”Our participants also commented, “I learnt more about clarifying the purpose, mission and vision of the organisation”.  Another shared that she enjoyed “learning how to make social media work for my business”.

In our BUD review, we felt the objectives were met and more! We simply equip, enable and empower others to Lead Positive Change, throwing in some tools, processes and coaching along the way. This project was a blast! Centre4 we thank you for a great experience and look forward to hearing more success stories from your amazing team in the future. 

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How can we build inclusive spaces that can harness community action? OurSpace Toolkit is out now!

How can we build inclusive spaces that can harness community action? OurSpace Toolkit is out now!

Over the past 18 months, we were part of an incredible team of Community Organisers exploring the role of community spaces in fostering inclusion. OurSpace has worked across three Lambeth-based community centres to drive locally-led leadership and to break down barriers to inclusion.

We had an opportunity to work with 21 fantastic community leaders from Lambeth (Tulse Hill, Brixton and Angell Town), who applied their talents and experience to build inclusive community spaces for social action.

We want to continue contributing to the world of inclusive community spaces and have developed a Toolkit for Inclusive Spaces. You will find there a collection of planning advice and principles, exercises and games to be used for work with community members in your space.


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Build authentic connections, Overcome challenges, Invite collaboration & Activate motivation, inspiration and vision

CONVERSATIONS FOR CHANGE

Whilst listening to our members, Leaders and emerging Leaders, we kept hearing the need to simply connect and share both challenges and celebrations.

In response to the change in our crowdfunding campaign, we put our heads together and came up with this offer, which would be an element of what we wanted to include in our envisioned programme.

Based on the needs of our community of changemakers, we decided to do something really simple and just host spaces for people to create their own change.

Recently we put on a series of programmes and received great feedback. As great as it is to offer training on topics etc, we found that the main highlights people mentioned were:

“It was just great to share and connect”

“I felt useful being able to encourage someone else”

“I loved listening to what other people are doing”

So why should we do anything other than allow that to flow freely?


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