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Introducing our new Impact Report

Introducing our new Impact Report

  "I'm pleased to introduce Babbasa's 2023 Impact Report, which you can read here. For Babbasa's financial year 2022/23, we made some significant strides, growing our income from £553,100 to £912,622, but more importantly advancing 580 young people towards realising...

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OurCity2030 Annual Impact Event 2024

OurCity2030 Annual Impact Event 2024

Thank you to all those who attended the OurCity2030 Impact Event on Tuesday 21st May at the Bristol Beacon. It was inspiring to have over 160 diverse guests attend and engage with the impact achieved over the past year. At the event we presented the impact achieved by...

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We’re excited to introduce our new CEO

We’re excited to introduce our new CEO

We're excited to introduce Nyoaka Squire as Babbasa's new CEO. She joins us from the Wellcome Trust, with senior experience of working in Higher Education, civil service, and management consultancy. Poku, Babbasa's Founder and outgoing CEO, will now take now take on a...

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Mend Earth: Bridging Communities & Climate Action

Mend Earth: Bridging Communities & Climate Action

The Challenge Programme 2024 brings:Mend Earth: Bridging Communities & Climate Action! About the Challenge Programme As per Gartner HR Research, 2022, a meagre 29% of employees expressed that their leaders are empathetic. Babbasa identified this important gap and...

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New Chair comes on board

New Chair comes on board

We are over the moon to announce our new chair of the board, Kevin Millwood. "I grew up in St Paul’s all my life, I know the area very well, and I know the demographics very well. What Babbasa’s aims are, aligns completely with everything I believe in for the young...

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Bear with us!

Bear with us!

From the month of April, Babbasa will be pursuing some exciting changes to our internal structure, with the aim to further stabilise the organisation and position it for growth from 2025 and beyond. Our new structure starts properly from 1st April 2024, but between...

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Helping Babbasa to level the playing field

Helping Babbasa to level the playing field

Babbasa is an ancient West African word, which means ordinary citizens or agencies coming together to act as a support bridge for those in need.  And the Bristol we want to see relies on this collaboration, on values-driven professionals and organisations coming...

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Teaming up with Thrive Renewables

Teaming up with Thrive Renewables

We're excited to be able to announce our new partnership with renewable energy company, Thrive Renewables, who are kindly supplementing their existing social and environmental impact work by providing a £1,000 grant towards our Support Programme. Babbasa's Support...

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Babbasa hosts second OurCity203 Employers’ Forum

Babbasa hosts second OurCity203 Employers’ Forum

      Thanks to the 70+ professionals and young people who participated in the second edition of #OurCity2030 Employers’ Forum last Thursday, kindly hosted at KPMG and supported by the West of England Good Employment Charter.    A massive thanks to...

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What Can Cities Do To Transform Social Mobility?

What Can Cities Do To Transform Social Mobility?

For many decades, social mobility and doing better in life than your parents was the dream. But that dream has faded. How did we lose the dream of social mobility and how can we get it back? Social mobility has stalled – and sometimes gone into reverse – especially...

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Exciting News From our CEO

Exciting News From our CEO

Dear friends, there are some exciting changes happening here at Babbasa in line with our long term vision. Please see below for a brief Q&A about these changes. Poku Osei CEO and Founder | Babbasa What is happening? Poku Osei (Babbasa CEO and founder) will be...

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Aim High Careers Fair

Aim High Careers Fair

Babbasa Youth Ambassadors host first ‘Aim High Careers Fair’ to bring together city’s youth and professional communities On 27th September, Babbasa’s Youth Ambassadors are hosting the first ‘Aim High Careers Fair’, an interactive careers event for 16-30 year olds from...

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Tackling Tough Mudder for underrepresented young people

Tackling Tough Mudder for underrepresented young people

To celebrate 10 years of Babbasa, a group of our Bristol team took on the Tough Mudder South West on 12th August 2023. Mikhaila Simmons (Recruitment Lead), Millie Morfitt (Mentoring Lead), Poku Osei (CEO) and Qazzally Ali (Operations Coordinator) took part in this...

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Babbasa partners with Triodos bank

Babbasa partners with Triodos bank

Babbasa is proud to announce our new partnership with Triodos Bank UK to help them deliver their mission to create a thriving society that promotes quality of life for all.   Babbasa was set up in response to the growing gap in the economic achievement of young...

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Celebrating 10 years of Babbasa

Celebrating 10 years of Babbasa

This week Babbasa celebrates 10 years of transforming lives, whilst also looking forwards to the future. Over the next 10 years, our vision is to grow into an international outfit; branching out to other core cities in the UK, and in Africa, to transform even more...

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Core 3 Peaks 24 hour challenge

Core 3 Peaks 24 hour challenge

To celebrate 10 years of Babbasa, we've partnered with Core3 on the ‘Core 3 Peaks 24hr’ challenge. On the 30th June, our CEO, Poku Osei, and Core3's founder Leo Hewett (and team) will be taking part in this monumental challenge to raise awareness of, and funding for,...

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OurCity2030 Employers’ Forum

OurCity2030 Employers’ Forum

Thursday 27th April saw the first of the new OurCity2030 Employers’ Forums, kindly hosted at Our Media’s fantastic auditorium, with 70+ professionals coming together to deliberate over the challenges and solutions with talks and breakout workshops looking at equity,...

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OurCity2030 Youth Practitioners’ and Educators’ Forum

OurCity2030 Youth Practitioners’ and Educators’ Forum

On Wednesday 19th April we held our first Youth Practitioners’ and Educators’ Forum hosted at City Academy. We welcomed over 35 attendees and had vibrant conversations around inclusion, collaboration, and delivering change for our young people. This marked the first...

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Winner of Incubator Hub Competition revealed!

Winner of Incubator Hub Competition revealed!

Istoria Group has today revealed the winner of its inaugural Micro Business Incubator Hub Competition - Self Agency, which was founded by Devon Lowndes with the aim of improving the lives of neurodivergent people in the Bristol area. The idea behind the competition,...

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Working with Elvie as one of their chosen charities

Working with Elvie as one of their chosen charities

There are different ways that organisations can partner with Babbasa. One of these is by choosing us as your Charity of the Year, which is exactly what women’s tech firm Elvie have done. Babbasa is very excited to be able to announce that we have been chosen as one of...

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EOA Mixer Event at Our Media

EOA Mixer Event at Our Media

On Thursday 18th January, Babbasa held its Equal Opportunity Ambassador (EOA) Mixer. This was an opportunity to celebrate professionals who have supported young people through the various Babbasa programmes, including mentoring. The hosts Ishola Somuyiwa and Shelena...

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OurCity2030 Launch Event

OurCity2030 Launch Event

      OurCity2030 On November 23rd 2022, Babbasa launched OurCity2030. This is an ambitious initiative which aims to support at least 2,000 young people from low income households within inner city Bristol to earn a median salary by 2030. The official launch brought...

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OurCity2030

OurCity2030

        Bristol launches bold vision to close its equality gap. 10 October 2022: A bold new vision to close the equality gap in Bristol launches this November. OurCity2030 is a city-wide initiative designed to support young people from low income households in...

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Meet our Young People: Jay

Meet our Young People: Jay

"I don't know how to describe it, because it was just like beyond words how amazing it was. It just gave me that energy that I was missing for so long. Especially after uni, just feeling like well burnt out and thinking how do I really want to spend my life? After...

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Meet our Young People: Alaya

Meet our Young People: Alaya

"I didn't have a careers advisor at school, so there was a lack of insight into higher education and careers. I didn't have representation or role models at the time. Therefore, my options appeared limited and unexciting. I was assigned a mentor, who was a senior...

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Meet our Young People: Alina

Meet our Young People: Alina

"I am from Ukraine, we just came to Bristol. It was really ne for me,my language was zero. I found a careers fair and I decided to visit this. I found Babbasa and they smiled at me. I was so worried about my English. They told me a bit more about Babbasa and I signed...

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Meet our Young People: Amy

Meet our Young People: Amy

So, I have Chrohn's disease, which is a disability. When I was diagnosed, I didn't know what was going on and I wasn't very well. I think my barriers were because I want to get into the film industry and there are quite a lot of barriers, like long working hours, and...

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Meet our Young People: Alejandra

Meet our Young People: Alejandra

Getting to know you I currently work at The Hobgoblin in the kitchen part-time. I thought I wanted to be a chef when I was younger, but I have always loved writing, filming and storytelling. I grew up learning a lot about plants and animals through my parents’ work so...

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Meet our Young People: Mo

Meet our Young People: Mo

How would your friends describe you? Busy, a socialite and late. What do you enjoy about Bristol, the city that you live in? I love the people. I love its diversity in the areas that I’m involved in. It is a diverse city, if that is represented or not is a different...

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Trailblazers – Cameron’s Story

Trailblazers – Cameron’s Story

  My name is Cameron Luke Powell. I heard about Babbasa through my mother back when it had first started out and I was not long out of school. I remember attending their Empowered Event, the first Ask About Me event and Change 300 Futures. It helped me greatly...

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Trailblazers – Beth’s Story

Trailblazers – Beth’s Story

  My name’s Bethany, I’m 25 and I’m a diverse social media marketer and digital copywriter. I found out about Babbasa by going to an Ask About Me event in April 2019 and then signed up to be a Youth Ambassador in the Challenge Programme Autumn 2019 cohort. I...

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Trailblazers – Maheen’s Story

Trailblazers – Maheen’s Story

  I am Maheen Shah and I am 19 years old.   I heard about Babbasa through Michelle and Pravanya. During my time with Babbasa, we managed to get over 100 young people into some sort of work experience/ placement. I learnt that it is okay to be different and its...

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Trailblazers – Osei’s Story

Trailblazers – Osei’s Story

  My names Osei Johnson and I’ve just turned 25. My main hobbies are dancing and gaming. When I’m not working, I spend most of my time on my PC that I built. Outside of that I also read and watch a lot of political content. My favorite thing about Bristol is the...

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Trailblazers – Nehanda’s Story

Trailblazers – Nehanda’s Story

  My name is Nehanda Ngozi and I'm 17 years old. Some of my hobbies include cooking, baking and writing. My mum told me about Babbasa because I was struggling to find work and I needed direction on what to to do meet some of my goals. From the first day I joined...

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Trailblazers – Tanaka’s Story

Trailblazers – Tanaka’s Story

My name is Tanaka and I’m 26. Some of my interests include fashion, film, music and football. ​ I first heard of Babbasa through a friend, I was seeking out a mentor at the time as I felt that I was lacking in the necessary mentorship to help me find great...

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Trailblazers – Rasheed’s Story

Trailblazers – Rasheed’s Story

  I heard about Babbasa through my aunt. I filled out an application and spoke to Pravanya extensively after this. She told me that Babbasa is somewhere that is very aligned to things I am looking for, and it is. Since joining I have attended many development...

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Trailblazers – Leila’s Story

Trailblazers – Leila’s Story

  My name is Leila Kikuchi-House and I’m 20 years old.  My favourite hobby is yoga for its physical, emotional and spiritual benefits; particularly because it re-centers my body and grounds my mind in the present moment. I’m also teaching myself Japanese because...

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Trailblazers – Gloria’s Story

Trailblazers – Gloria’s Story

i   My name is Gloria T Gomo and I am 26 years old and I enjoy travelling, cooking, interior design. When I think about the things I enjoy about Bristol, I think of activities that unity the city, like free leisure centres that provide a safe space for young...

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Codie’s Story

Codie’s Story

    I'm Codie! I'm 24 and I’m originally from a tiny village in the east-midlands where I grew up believing that small towns were made to bore people. I moved to Bristol to pursue a creative future in all its facets. In the 5 years that I have lived here, I have...

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Jenny’s Story

Jenny’s Story

  We believe Bristol’s most marginalised deserve access to support at their own pace; have their voices heard; and have access to real work opportunities. Do you believe that too? Then get in touch! 

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Abiola’s Story

Abiola’s Story

    My name is Abiola and I am 18 years old and I am from England (I’m half Nigerian). I’m interested in a lot of things such as film (consuming it, making it, talking about it), I like to read as this is where I get any inspiration from. I enjoy playing...

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Bobby’s Story

Bobby’s Story

  My name's Bobby Hopkins and I'm 20. I currently work part time as a Waiter at a pub called The Farmers Arms, also part-time I teach kickboxing as a Senior martial arts instructor to ages through 4-6 year old’s all the way through to adults and ladies classes....

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Tamelia’s Story

Tamelia’s Story

  My name's Tamelia Smith and I'm 18 years old. Some of my favourite things to do include listening to music and watching movies. I currently work a part time retail job after leaving college in the first half of the year, but my real interests lie in media and...

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Will’s Story

Will’s Story

My name is Will and I am 23. My aspirations and goals are to hopefully find a creative career path. I am willing to try many different industries and forms of work until I really decide, in the meantime I just want to get as much experience as possible and meet as...

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Hannah’s Story

Hannah’s Story

My name's Hannah Smith and I'm 21. I spend all my spare time watching Netflix and looking for new series to watch! I also enjoy spending time with my friends on the weekends and going out for drinks. My aspirations for the future are driven by my career, I want to...

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AZ’s Support Story

AZ’s Support Story

  When AZ* was referred to Babbasa’s Support Programme, they reported significant experiences of social anxiety. His guardians knew he...

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Rasheed’s Mentoring Story

Rasheed’s Mentoring Story

Me, my journey with Babassa and where I am today.   My name is Rasheed, and I am 23 years old. I love watching television with a good romance plot – I feel like life can sometimes be unpredictable and difficult, so I enjoy the predictability and the warmth of a...

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Esther’s Mentoring Story

Esther’s Mentoring Story

  My name is Esther and I’m 23 years old. Other than binge watching films, I’ve recently started cooking a lot more and trying new recipes. It’s become therapeutic, I also enjoy swimming.My end goal is to become a successful and established film producer.  But...

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Imani’s Story

Imani’s Story

  My name is Imani Grant and I'm 19 years old. My friends would describe me as bubbly, fun-loving, gregarious, caring, considerate and meticulous. I enjoy going to museums/art galleries, taking part in creative workshops and picnicking with friends. I'm really...

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Mugi’s Story

Mugi’s Story

  My name is Collines Mugisha and people who know me would say I'm relaxed, friendly, approachable, confident, intelligent, Creative innovative, hard working, kind generous, a good observer, and business minded. I love seeing the creativeness around the city and...

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Hanad’s Story

Hanad’s Story

    My name is Hanad Mohamed. I’m 17 years old. My friends would describe me as cheerful and confident. I enjoy basketball and am heavily invested in History. I love the m1 bus ride, it’s hardly talked about but it’s underrated, the views are spectacular. I...

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Becca’s Story

Becca’s Story

My name is Rebecca Hurford and I am 21.  My hobbies are photography and filmmaking.  One of the barriers I have faced growing up is with mental health. I have had an ongoing battle with anxiety, leading me to not always be able to partake in opportunities that I wish...

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Dami’s Story

Dami’s Story

  My name is Oluwadamilola Okeyoyin and I'm 25 years old.  My friends would describe me as fun, loyal and talented. I enjoy reading, traveling and cooking. I've always wished there were more for BAME students like me and I wish there was no bias in getting jobs...

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Anna’s Story

Anna’s Story

My name is Anna Richardson and I’m 22 years old. I haven’t been up to too much during lockdown but I usually enjoy live music and art, volunteering and some part time work online. One of my most significant barriers growing up was being a mixed-race person in a...

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Millie’s Story

Millie’s Story

My name is Millie Shoebridge and I'm 24 years old. My hobbies are radio presenting and production, I volunteer for a few different radio stations and I used to host a podcast, basically I love chatting. I read a lot of books and magazines, a mixture of political...

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Suad’s Story

Suad’s Story

My name is Suad. I'm 17 years old. My Friends describe me as approachable, well-organized, and dependable. My key interests would be community involvement and reading. The diverse culture, as well as the variety of places to visit, are two of my favourite aspects of...

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Danielle’s Story

Danielle’s Story

  My name is Danielle and I'm 23 years old. I love to play the guitar, bake, cook and learn languages. I really enjoy chilling in green spaces in Bristol, visiting different music venues and going to the climbing gym. I faced a lot of bullying in school and even...

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Nameya’s Story

Nameya’s Story

  My name is Nameya Jacobs, a 22-year-old unemployed Creative Brand Communications graduate. My friends would describe me as outgoing, enthusiastic, funny, opinionated, smart, kind, caring and conscious, (yes, I actually asked them and this is what they said, I’m...

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Ruth’s Mentoring Story

Ruth’s Mentoring Story

    Having recently secured a job in the pharmaceutical industry, Ruth reflects on the impact of Babbasa's mentoring scheme in helping her achieve her goals.   My name is  Ruth Gbao and I’m 17 years old. At the moment I’m in my last year of sixth form...

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Lashawn’s Mentoring Story

Lashawn’s Mentoring Story

    Having recently secured a job as a Production Management Assistant at the BBC, Lashawn reflects on the impact of Babbasa's mentoring scheme in helping her achieve her goals. My name is Lashawn and I am 20 years old. I first heard of Babbasa through a...

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Keenan’s Story

Keenan’s Story

    My name’s Keenan Lawrence and I’m 23. For me, I’ve always had an expectation for myself that has been holding me accountable. Sometimes I put pressure on myself to get things moving as quickly as possible. But creating foundations for myself has been...

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Grace’s Story

Grace’s Story

Grace discusses her experiences as a young creative working with PAPER Arts, and the influence of Babbasa's mentors My name's Grace Sodzi and I'm 23. I was a part of their first Mentoring Club, and I found their support so helpful in pursuing my creative passions. At...

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Kaden’s Story

Kaden’s Story

My name’s Kaden Gardener and at the moment I am creating my video content while looking for paid work and opportunities within the media industry, specifically within video editing. In my spare time I like to listen to and create music, play video games and hanging...

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Leila’s Story

Leila’s Story

    Leila reflects on her time as a Youth Ambassador working on the City of Change Campaign:   While doing the campaign I noticed how it kept my head above water and helped me reflect on my own life so much because I was thinking about other people. It offered me a...

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Ella’s Story

Ella’s Story

 Ella discusses her time as a Youth Ambassador and the impact of City of Change: ​I find that often when communicating with large organisations and businesses, young people are invited to the table to offer "a younger perspective" (often for free), but the...

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Sarah’s Story

Sarah’s Story

  Reflecting on my Experiences as a Youth Ambassador During COVID-19 Written by: Sarah Anisah Nabi  When I initially signed up as a Youth Ambassador with Babbasa, I had no idea what to expect. I knew the project that we’d be working on was to create workplace...

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Rasheed’s Story

Rasheed’s Story

  My name is Rasheed I am 23. My friends would describe me as funny, a typical Scorpio and loving. I enjoy creative writing, song writing, story writing and I like to play the piano. I am passionate about the arts and advocacy work. I enjoy walking, going to the...

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Esther’s Story

Esther’s Story

  My name is Esther and I'm 23 years old. I’m currently working. My hobbies are binge watching Netflix series and going to the cinema and my goal is become a successful film producer. The last challenge I had to overcome was pitching an idea to a group of...

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Lashawn’s Story

Lashawn’s Story

  My name is Lashawn Binns, I am 20 years old and at the moment I am looking to gain more experience in the TV/Film industry as well as job that will further my career in this industry. Some of my hobbies include reading, I have always loved a good fantasy book,...

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Hamza’s story

Hamza’s story

"My name is Hamza. I was born and raised in Bristol.  I am the oldest of 3 siblings from a Pakistani background. I am seen as hard-working, resilient and organised by the people I work with. At the start of Year 5 I was underperforming in Mathematics until my teacher,...

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Theresa’s story

Theresa’s story

  "I'm Theresa and I’ve grown up in the UK, my parents are from Ghana and I go there occasionally to see family, which I love. I would say I’m fairly confident and very friendly, but I’m sure my friends would most definitely describe me as dramatic because I love...

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Trailblazer – Max: My Story

Trailblazer – Max: My Story

"I’ve lived in Bristol for as long as I can remember. I was born in Hackney, but moved here as a baby. All of my pride is in Bristol. My primary passion is music. I’ve been drumming since year 7. At school they had one small room with a drum kit, an amp and a window....

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Trailblazer – Yesmain: My Story

Trailblazer – Yesmain: My Story

“I'm Yesmain and I would say those close to me would say I’m assertive, passionate, and honest.  Spending time in isolation either listening to music, podcasts or language-orientated audio books is therapeutic and the best way to spend any free time I have.   Growing...

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Insight Day

Insight Day

  Deadline: 12/07/24 at 12pm    Insight Day with Silverback Films Silverback is a world-leading producer of natural history films and part of the All3Media Group. Their exceptional team of wildlife filmmakers combine powerful storytelling with first-class...

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Accounting Assistant Apprentice

Accounting Assistant Apprentice

Full-time, Fixed term Deadline: 08/07/24   Accounting Assistant Apprentice About Motability Operations We’re the company behind the Motability Scheme. We exist to deliver smart, sustainable solutions that improve our customers’ mobility in a fast-changing world. We’re...

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Customer Operations Co-Worker

Customer Operations Co-Worker

    Full-time, Permanent  Deadline: 16/06/24 Customer Operations Co-Worker About the role Triodos is delighted to be recruiting for a Customer Operations Co-worker to join our customer service team at our Bristol Head Office. The overall purpose of this role is...

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Trailblazer Lead

Trailblazer Lead

    Full-time, Permanent Deadline: 25/06/24   Job Description & Person Specification   Organisation: Babbasa Youth Empowerment Projects Job Title:  Trailblazer Programme Lead Hours: 35 hours a week Salary: £29,492 Line managed by: Senior Service...

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Learning Support Assistant

Learning Support Assistant

    Part-time, Fixed Term Deadline: 31/08/24 Learning Support Assistant About Holymead Primary School Holymead Primary School is a vibrant school at the heart of a diverse community in South Bristol. To find out further information, please visit our school...

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Fundraising Officer

Fundraising Officer

    Full-time, Permanent Deadline: 02/07/24                            Fundraising Officer (Trusts & Foundations and Major Donors)   Organisation: Babbasa Youth Empowerment Projects CIC Job Title:  Fundraising Officer Hours: 35 hours a week...

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Mentor Club

Mentor Club

When: Monday, June 17 · 5 - 6:30pm  Where: Babbasa Office. Upper York Street Saint Paul's BS2 8QJ Babbasa's next Mentor Club is taking place on Monday 17th June from 5-6:30pm at the Babbasa office in St. Paul's. This will be a relaxed and informal event with an...

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Rolling deadline (runs throughout the year)

Rolling deadline (runs throughout the year)

One Week Work Experience   Creating opportunities for people and giving a voice to marginalised communities is a key part of what Bristol24/7 does. Bristol 24/7 are offering 40 placements throughout the year exclusively to young people interested in a career in...

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Trailblazer  – Nehanda: My Story

Trailblazer – Nehanda: My Story

"I was born in Bristol and the I'm the youngest of 3 children, with two brothers. Being the only girl can be annoying at times but I guess I've learnt to deal with it. Most people would describe me as being quite weird and dramatic, but others would say I'm quite...

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Trailblazer – Yasmin: My Story

Trailblazer – Yasmin: My Story

I am Yasmin Mohammed, a 24-year-old currently living in Bristol. I was born and raised here and studied right through to college-level education. I am the youngest of 5 brothers and I am the only girl. It was at a young stage in my life when I knew I wanted to work in...

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Trailblazer: Osob – My First Media Role

Trailblazer: Osob – My First Media Role

  “I don’t like to say it’s a challenge, and I tend to see it as more of a blessing but I come from a big family of 12 siblings and with a condition that has required multiple surgeries. Babbasa arranged work experience for me with the editor of Bristol 24/7....

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Trailblazer: Cameron – My Story

Trailblazer: Cameron – My Story

“When I was growing up, my home life was full of abuse and I was continually faced with fear, pain, and hostility. I faced a lot of violence and racial abuse at school as well, and before long, I was kicked out, and later arrested for possessing a knife. I had reached...

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Trailblazer: Stephen – The City Leadership Programme

Trailblazer: Stephen – The City Leadership Programme

Babbasa Trailblazer, Stephen talks through his experience of being a part of the City Leadership programme. The programme supports highly aspirational young people from less advantaged backgrounds by giving them the tools they need to become leaders of the future....

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Trailblazer: Amy – The City Leadership Programme

Trailblazer: Amy – The City Leadership Programme

Babbasa Trailblazer, Amy talks through her experience of being a part of the City Leadership programme. The programme supports highly aspirational young people from less advantaged backgrounds by giving them the tools they need to become leaders of the future. It's an...

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Trailblazer: Sumayo – My First Steps in Enterprise

Trailblazer: Sumayo – My First Steps in Enterprise

“I joined the Babbasa Level 2 Enterprise course as a secondary school leaver, with a clear idea that I wanted to pursue my own business either in fashion or with food, but lacked the skills needed to do it. Babbasa was there to support me as a learner. During the...

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Trailblazer: Aabbi – The Value of a Mentor

Trailblazer: Aabbi – The Value of a Mentor

"I went to a school where I felt a lack of encouragement for ethnic minorities to study academically and creatively challenging subjects. Despite feeling discouraged, with the support of Babbasa I got a professional mentor who supported me to complete my A-levels and...

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Trailblazer: Haji – My Story

Trailblazer: Haji – My Story

Haji has been on an incredible journey so far. After migrating to Bristol from Nigeria, he spent his childhood living in a single-parent, low-income household with his siblings, aspiring to become a successful professional. Haji came to one of Babbasa's first-ever Ask...

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Trailblazer: Daniella – My Story

Trailblazer: Daniella – My Story

'   I was born in London, and I spent most of my early life moving in and out of Britain from England to Barbados. I was in the middle of a custody battle between my parents, and all the moves meant that I didn’t have a normal, average upbringing. Without going...

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Trailblazer: Zainab – My Story

Trailblazer: Zainab – My Story

I  My name’s Zainab, I am currently a Babbasa Trailblazer and have been with Babbasa for a number of years. I was originally born in London born into a first-generation Pakistani family but have lived in Bristol for the majority of my life and would say I love...

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Trailblazer: Hersi – My Story

Trailblazer: Hersi – My Story

I moved from London to Bristol in 2004 and I’ve lived here ever since. I know Bristol like the back of my hand. My family are originally from Somaliland, and Bristol has a thriving Somali community which is a lot closer than that of London because of how big London...

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The Business Case for Workplace Diversity: 7 Key Benefits

The Business Case for Workplace Diversity: 7 Key Benefits

7 Key Benefits of Workplace Diversity By Krish Pattni - 30/01/2020 Workplace diversity is often discussed as an intrinsic good; a position most would agree with. There is, however, a compelling case to make that it is in the interest of businesses to build inclusive...

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Trailblazer: Qazzally – My Story

Trailblazer: Qazzally – My Story

I’m from Bristol, but I was born in London but grew up in Bristol. Both my parents came to England as refugees of the Somali civil war. I am 1 of 6 children in the family I keep it simple with my hobbies. I love watching sports like basketball and playing them as...

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Trailblazer: Okori – My Story

Trailblazer: Okori – My Story

I was born in Bristol and most of my family is from here too. My grandparents came here during Windrush. As far as I know, my family lived in St Pauls up until I was born, Then we moved to fishponds. We were the only black family in the area. Fishponds was cool, to be...

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Trailblazer: Olumide – My Story

Trailblazer: Olumide – My Story

Hi, I’m Olumide. I grew up in Berkshire, but I also lived in Nigeria for 3 years from 13 to 16. I came back to England for 6th form and finally came to Bristol to go to university. My friends would describe me as being joyful, creative, and sociable. I’m going into my...

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Trailblazer: Tyreke – My Story

Trailblazer: Tyreke – My Story

Hi, I’m Tyreke. I’m originally from Bristol. My family and friends would say I’m funny, wise when it comes to serious topics, confident, and dependable. I’ve finished college, and I’m currently taking a gap year. I’m using this time to experiment by doing different...

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Trailblazer: Jeril – My Story

Trailblazer: Jeril – My Story

Hi, I’m Jeril, and I’m a social media and marketing manager from Bristol. At the moment, I’m studying Business Management at UWE. I was born in South India, and spent a couple of my early years in Oman. I came to the UK when I was 4, and lived here for about 9 years....

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Trailblazer: Beatriz – My Story

Trailblazer: Beatriz – My Story

I moved to Bristol from Brazil when I was 6 years old with my parents and older sister. Since then we have had 2 additions to our family, my little brother and our pet hamster. I would describe myself as impulsive, warm and understanding, although my friends and...

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Trailblazer: Hari – My Story

Trailblazer: Hari – My Story

Hari Ramakrishnan (also known as Pariah Khan) is currently touring his one-man-show, An Indian Abroad, which he stars in, writes and produces. Having lived in multiple countries, the show plays on Hari’s experiences of moving to Britain as an Indian, and India as a...

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Trailblazer: Farnaz – My Story

Trailblazer: Farnaz – My Story

Farnaz became a Babbasa Youth Ambassador in 2019 and had big ambitions to transition from admin work to a career in TV. Three months later, she found herself working for an award-winning production company, Icon Films - something which she said has changed her life....

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Trailblazer: Mo – My Story

Trailblazer: Mo – My Story

I migrated to Bristol at the age of 5 to escape civil war and the harsh environment of a broken country. Irrespective of this, I focus on that which I’m in control of and give no time to the things that limit me. I have always been driven towards business and consider...

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Trailblazer: Jasmine – My Story

Trailblazer: Jasmine – My Story

Hi, I’m Jasmine Thompson. I’m a creative, so creating art ALL the time. I’m quite chilled out, and very focused on what I want to do. I'm now twenty-four and based in Bristol as an illustrator and designer. Growing up, I lived in a really small city that didn’t have a...

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Trailblazer: Ismail – My Story

Trailblazer: Ismail – My Story

I grew up always moving. I was born in Italy, then later moved to England at the age of 11. Because of my diverse upbringing, I am able to speak multiple languages. I speak English, Arabic and Italian. My life in Italy if compared to my life in England is...

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Trailblazer: Whiz – My Story

Trailblazer: Whiz – My Story

Both my parents are from Nigeria. My village in Nigeria gave me my name, Fumen. That means 'wisdom', which is where Whiz comes from. I went there for the first time at age 6 and learned the language that I use now called Hausa. Being born in London and going to...

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Trailblazer: Haneen – My Story

Trailblazer: Haneen – My Story

Hi, I’m Haneen, I’m 16. I have 3 siblings. My friends would describe me as funny, a good listener and that I give great advice! My parents would say that I’m loud, a bit naughty, but nice as well. I like playing sports, especially football. And I really like baking. I...

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Trailblazer: Marissa – My Story

Trailblazer: Marissa – My Story

Hi, I’m Marissa and I’m a Graphic Designer from Bristol. I think that my friends and family would describe me as outgoing, motivated, and creative. I’ve spent the last 3 years in Birmingham studying Graphic Communication at Birmingham City University. I loved being a...

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Trailblazer: Kelly – My Story

Trailblazer: Kelly – My Story

Hi, I’m Kelly, originally from London. My friends and family see me as funny and caring, although a little bit argumentative. I came to Bristol to study Law, but I’m looking for a career in TV - behind the camera, definitely behind, ideally a scriptwriter or producer....

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Trailblazer: Myles – My Story

Trailblazer: Myles – My Story

"My name is Myles, and I’m 26 years old now. In school I wasn’t interested in any of the subjects so left with no GCSEs which made it difficult to find a job.  I didn’t know what I wanted to do after I left school, but one day  I just bought a camera and started...

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Trailblazer: Faduma – My Story

Trailblazer: Faduma – My Story

"I came here when I was six, from Somalia. I’m the oldest of eight siblings. I’m seen as honest, motivated and bold, although my little siblings think I’m bossy! When I moved here I didn’t know the language. I learnt everything from watching TV, it’s why I love it, it...

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Delphi

Delphi

Poku Pipim Osei (BA, PGCert, MSc) is a respected social entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of award-winning youth empowerment organisation, Babbasa. Poku relocated to Bristol from Ghana in 2008. Until that point, his professional experiences had been in the private...

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Pic Person

Pic Person

  dfgfvsdfvdfsvsvsdv If I had to describe myself in three words  I’d say problem solver, good listener, and a bit of a joker.  I love solving a problem, this may have been down to growing up listening to loads of detective stories and reading such books. In...

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Babbasa Board: Alexander Emenike

Babbasa Board: Alexander Emenike

Alex is a chartered professional banker with broad business and management experience. As a corporate banking Assistant Director with Natwest Group PLC, I manage portfolios of corporate clients with £50m+ turnover in the United Kingdom, with specific focus on the...

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Babbasa Board: Gurminder Kaur Nijjar

Babbasa Board: Gurminder Kaur Nijjar

Gurminder started her legal career at the Legal Services Commission and moved on to practice management before qualifying and working in fraud, regulatory defence, risk and compliance. Gurminder has been with Irwin Mitchell for almost 10 years and is currently Head of...

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Babbasa Board: Dr. Aby Sankaran BEng(Hons), PhD

Babbasa Board: Dr. Aby Sankaran BEng(Hons), PhD

‘If you can see it, you can be it’  As the Impact and Evaluation Manager for MyWorld, Dr. Aby Sankaran has spent a significant amount of her time executing impactful growth in the region. She is passionate about addressing the lack of diversity and inclusivity,...

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Babbasa Board: Jonathan O’Toole

Babbasa Board: Jonathan O’Toole

  As Chief Product Officer and founding team member of Elvie, the revolutionary femtech company, Jonathan O’Toole is at the forefront of improving women’s lives by creating technology that they want, need and deserve. Since he joined Elvie in 2014 from Dyson, as...

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Babbasa Board: Claire Giraldo (BSC, MA)

Babbasa Board: Claire Giraldo (BSC, MA)

  Hi everyone,I’m incredibly excited to be a new member of the Babbasa team. I’ve been a fan and follower for the last couple of years, so jumped at the opportunity to work more closely when the opportunity arose. I went to University in Bristol and the city will...

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Babbasa Board: Carmen Tilbury – Youth Representative

Babbasa Board: Carmen Tilbury – Youth Representative

I’m a Business Analyst for Coutts and Co. and work in change management to ensure we implement new processes and systems that support our diverse colleagues and clients. I launched the Multicultural Network in 2018 for our organisation in Bristol and as the chair,...

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