I am most passionate when working on community development, youth engagement and campaign strategy when it is driven by collaboration and participation of communities. I’ve found myself involved in community building and organising wherever I live or visit – working with social enterprises, charities and young people in Oxford, Uganda, Argentina, Northampton and Brixton. I also really like singing, do a bit of spoken word poetry and dancing in street! Work-wise, I have managed the development of a social enterprise in Oxford – a ‘social space for social change’ called the Oxford Hub and the Turl Street Kitchen. and now work on strategy and organisational development for Spurgeons, a national children’s charity. I am a trustee for Student Hubs which mainstreams student social action and helps them effect positive change. I got involved in Reclaim the Power having been totally empowered by the camp at Balcombe. Reclaim the Power is a non-herarchical grassroots organising network for taking direct action on environmental, economic and social justice issues, working in solidarity with affected communities. We host an annual action camp at a site of resistance that provides an inspiring and empowering space for a large number of people to take mass action. I also am involved in setting up Christian Climate Action – a group of Christians dedicated to taking action around environmental issues, currently focused on encoraging UK churches to divest from fossil fuels.
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