“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 their professional ambitions through skills sessions, mentors, work experience and access to paid career-oriented employment opportunities. The effort demonstrates the sheer passion and will of the Babbasa team and supporters to make a difference. A huge thanks to all of you, and I hope you enjoy reading what we have been able to achieve together.

As we look ahead, it will be critical for Babbasa to reinforce its foundations before any further growth in line with the organisation’s vision. We will need to strengthen our structures, invest in the professional development of our team and also invest in our youth empowerment resources, as the size and scale of our operation changes.

This is why I’m excited to welcome Babbasa’s new and talented CEO, Nyoaka Squire, as I transition to take on a more Non-Executive function at Babbasa, called the Founding Director. It has been an honour to serve as the CEO of Babbasa over the last 11 years.

In the Founding Director role, I hope to provide strategic support to Babbasa as and when required, and also work with other board members to explore the Babbasa vision beyond Bristol to create more inclusive economies. In addition to my Non-Executive Founding Director role, I will also look to support other leaders and organisations, to make a positive impact on workplace culture and wider society as a consultant. This includes supporting the amazing OurCity2030 core partners, to create a lasting impact in Bristol – particularly for ethnic minority families who have been disproportionately affected by deprivation over the last three generations.

Thank you once again for your continued support. You can connect to learn about my continued social change work on Linkedin here.”

Poku Osei, Founding Director, Babbasa.