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Build Your Own Business

Build Your Own Business

Always wanted to be your own boss?  Got a great business idea, but don't know how to make it happen?  Then Babbasa's free Build Your Own Business 3-day course is for you!  Date : Currently To Be Confirmed due to COVID-19 Run by Outset you'll be able to get the support...

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COVID-19 Research

COVID-19 Research

Help us help our community. We know that the needs of young people are always changing, and we want to make sure that we can offer you the best services to help you find and start your dream career. COVID-19 has changed a lot for our community, and we are trying to...

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Babbasa TV

Babbasa TV

Want to share your views on the big issues that affect you, your friends, and your family? Want to give other young people a platform to be heard by the community and decision-makers in Bristol? Look no further than Babbasa TV! Babbasa TV is all about giving you the...

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Partner of the Week: Chris Turner – Bright Blue Kite

Partner of the Week: Chris Turner – Bright Blue Kite

Lockdown has been a very challenging time for young people who are looking to start their dream careers; especially those from underrepresented backgrounds. Opportunities to train, network, and find new jobs play a crucial role in preventing inequality gaps from...

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How to Stay Productive (from Bristol’s Professionals)

How to Stay Productive (from Bristol’s Professionals)

Unsure of how to stay productive and focused on your goals? Bristol-based professionals share their tips on how you can keep moving towards achieving your dreams. This video was arranged by Babbasa's Youth Ambassadors and recorded as part of the youth-led Skill Swap...

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Our Response to Recent Racist Incidents

Our Response to Recent Racist Incidents

Wednesday, June 3rd 2020 The events of this week have been another painful reminder of the stark challenges that people of colour continue to face. The tragic death of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer in Minnesota, USA was cruel, inhumane, and has no...

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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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Beyond COVID – Pursuing an Inclusive Recovery

Beyond COVID – Pursuing an Inclusive Recovery

by Poku Osei, 18/05/20 As we begin to rebuild our lives, it is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic will reshape the nation’s economy, industries, and our society in a fundamental way. The disease has had an impact on all lives - black, white, rich and poor. But it has...

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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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Youth Ambassador: Yasmin – The Importance of Key Workers

Youth Ambassador: Yasmin – The Importance of Key Workers

Key workers are a lifeline to our country during coronavirus  A key worker is someone in the public sector who provides care to others or performs another vital function to provide support or services to others (such as working in supermarkets or transport). As a...

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Youth Ambassador: Rosie – Out of Crisis Comes Creativity

Youth Ambassador: Rosie – Out of Crisis Comes Creativity

"Things are weird right now, aren’t they? The sun is shining, but no one is out. Everyone is in quarantine, self-isolating, or simply shut up in their houses awaiting news of where we can and can’t go. So, in these unusual times where we can’t enjoy a trip to the pub...

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Youth Ambassador: Rosie – My Experience So Far

Youth Ambassador: Rosie – My Experience So Far

"My experience so far as a Youth Ambassador (YA) has been nothing but positive. I found out about the Challenge programme as part of the ‘Our Bristol, Our World’ conference, ran by Babbasa’s previous YA’s in mid-October. The aim of the conference was to give young...

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Navigating These Challenging Times

Navigating These Challenging Times

To Our Community, Young people, colleagues, and Bristol as a community are at the heart of what we do. Therefore as a result of the COVID-19 situation and following the recommendations of WHO and UK Government, we are taking a number of actions to continue our work...

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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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Okori Lewis-McCalla Wins 2020 Ben Martin Apprentice Award

Okori Lewis-McCalla Wins 2020 Ben Martin Apprentice Award

Multi-talented creative and tech designer, Okori Lewis-McCalla is the winner of the 2020 Ben Martin Apprentice Award. Babbasa, in partnership with Bristol Media and ADLIB Recruitment, presents the award with the aim of improving equal access to opportunity in the...

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Our Bristol. Our World. Our Manifesto.

Our Bristol. Our World. Our Manifesto.

In the work that we do with young people, we want to make sure that our organisation leaves a lasting legacy on Bristol. Young people are too often experiencing unequal treatment because of their backgrounds. The voices of those young people need to be heard and...

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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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Why ‘Our Bristol, Our World’ is Important to Me – Ebun

Why ‘Our Bristol, Our World’ is Important to Me – Ebun

Young people at Babbasa are working with the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees and the City Office to produce a brand new youth conference, called 'Our Bristol, Our World.' The conference is centred on giving young people a platform to influence Bristol's One City Plan. –...

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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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‘Our Bristol, Our World’ Youth Conference Announced

‘Our Bristol, Our World’ Youth Conference Announced

We are delighted to announce that we are working with the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees and the City Office to deliver an innovative youth conference. 'Our Bristol, Our World' will give young people from all backgrounds the chance to tell city leaders about the issues...

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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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Babbasa Recruiting Youth Ambassadors for 2019/2020

Babbasa Recruiting Youth Ambassadors for 2019/2020

Babbasa is looking for young people to become its Youth Ambassadors for 2019/2020! The Youth Ambassadors are a team of ambitious, hard-working and resilient young people (aged 16-25) working together — with training from Babbasa — to help gain invaluable work...

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Babbasa Recruiting! Deadline 10th July 2019.

What is Babbasa?Babbasa is an award-winning social enterprise that believes that every young person, irrespective of background, has a talent that when given the opportunity to explore and nurture, adds value to society. We, therefore, provide services including soft...

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Babbasa Meets the Mayor of the West of England

Babbasa Meets the Mayor of the West of England

Babbasa visited the Mayor of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), Tim Bowles. The lunch and discussion on Monday, June 17 was an opportunity for our young people to understand the Mayor's role in the region and his career journey, for those that were...

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Realising the ‘Babbasa Hub’ in inner-city Bristol

Realising the ‘Babbasa Hub’ in inner-city Bristol

We’re moving! After some wonderful years at Redbrick House, and having supported hundreds of young people, we are moving to a brand new community hub.We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in securing a lease in St Paul’s (Bristol) and initial seed...

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Babbasa Recruiting! Deadline 4th and 10th March 2019.

 WHAT IS BABBASA?Babbasa is an award-winning social enterprise that believes that every young person, irrespective of background, has a talent that when given the opportunity to explore and nurture, adds value to society. We, therefore, provide services including soft...

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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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Staff: Poku Osei – Babbasa CEO

Staff: Poku Osei – Babbasa CEO

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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Staff: Jenny Kerridge – Operations Manager

Staff: Jenny Kerridge – Operations Manager

I’m Jenny, the Operations Manager and a Director at Babbasa. I’ve been here almost from the beginning, and have watched Babbasa grow from strength to strength. My key role relates to assurance. I make sure we’re meeting our targets, managing risks and delivering our...

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Staff: Lizzie Potter – Projects Coordinator

Staff: Lizzie Potter – Projects Coordinator

As the Projects Coordinator for Babbasa, I organise our mentoring programme, and support Jenny with our internal operations. It’s a really varied role, and changes on a daily basis depending on what needs to be done. I started volunteering at Babbasa because I wanted...

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Staff: Pravanya Pillay – Outreach and Engagement Lead

Staff: Pravanya Pillay – Outreach and Engagement Lead

I’m the outreach and engagement lead at Babbasa – in my role I go out and about all over Bristol meeting young people and getting them involved with all the excellent programmes at Babbasa. It’s a great role because it means I get to work directly with inspiring and...

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Staff: Ayanda – Placement Programme Lead

Staff: Ayanda – Placement Programme Lead

I’m the Placement Programme Lead, which means I help young people to find work experience (either paid or unpaid), apprenticeships, shadowing opportunities or recruitment. I also assist with our Bridging the Gap programme, which helps businesses to improve their...

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Staff: Zoe Lynes – Challenge Programme Lead

Staff: Zoe Lynes – Challenge Programme Lead

My role as Challenge Programme Lead is to be responsible for the Challenge Programme and also the delivery of our LifeShops, which are our professional development workshops. For the Challenge Programme, the Youth Ambassadors need to deliver a social action project,...

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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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