BUD Newsletter Vol. 2

So, what have we been up to?

We’ve been working on some really exciting projects! From podcasts to interviews to workshops, it really doesn’t stop at BUD. See below for a brief summary of just a few of the things that have been going on at BUD!

Women in Construction Podcast

Last newsletter we told you about the Empowering Women in Construction podcast. Well, we’ve had some exciting developments! We’ve booked our first guest, Charly Young, who works as CEO and Co-Founder for the Girls Network! 

The Girls Network “established a one-to-one mentoring scheme for 30 girls in 2013, based on research showing that conversations and personal relationships could have a big impact on challenging stereotypes and expectations.

“They believed that the girls needed greater access to opportunities, but also the confidence to seize those opportunities and the skills to thrive in them.

“The Girls’ Network mentoring was soon in high demand, and now operates across Greater London, Sussex, Portsmouth, the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, the North East, Tees Valley, and Liverpool City Region, working with more than 1,000 girls each year.”

We can’t wait to tell you more about our first BUDcast- expect the first episode by December… 

Happier Healthier Workplaces

We’ve done our first interviews with the Station to Station Business Improvement District, with the goal of “making West Norwood and Tulse Hill a great place to live, work and play”.

It’s been so good talking to local businesses, and hearing directly what needs to be done regarding health and wellbeing in the workforce. We’ve had some great interactions already, and we can’t wait for more to happen!

We’re also planning workshops for businesses to access to improve health and wellbeing!

We’re going to keep doing these interviews throughout October and November, so keep an eye out, and get in touch if you’d be interested in participating. 

BLOC: BUD Leaders Online Community

We are currently in the process of launching the Bud Leaders Online Community, aka BLOC! 

It’s an online community where leaders and like minded individuals can exchange skills, and help others realise visions. We really wanted to give people opportunities to connect, collaborate and continue to grow by learning new skills – all of this for free, and it’s so rewarding to be nearly finished!

We can’t wait for people to start joining, and we’re so close to being able to have our first users online!

We are currently in the process of developing the marketing campaign and a launch event. Expect to be able to join very soon!

Register your interest in BLOC then sign up here!

Black History Month for Fletchers 

We’ve recently run a session for Fletchers Solicitors about Black History Month! 

The session covered hidden figures in black history, including Benjamin Banneker, Alice Ball and Gladys West. It also included a quiz, and discussions around how race is taught.

BUD also provided an opportunity for employees to discuss any issues they felt towards race, alongside covering the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 

BUD CEO Georgina Wilson, speaking about the workshop, said: “it’s really important to not just look at black history, but also celebrate it. It’s so important to challenge ourselves, about both things we do and don’t know.

“It’s fantastic we have Black History Month. Growing up, a lot of black history was really negative, with a sole focus on areas such as slavery. There’s so much more to learn, and it’s a great opportunity to do it.

We’ve also been writing blog content surrounding Black History Month, which you can read here!