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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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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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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: Sclenna Carew – Engagement Intern

Staff: Sclenna Carew – Engagement Intern

I am a 2nd-year student social worker on placement at Babbasa. I will be working alongside Matt Winn (Engagement Lead) to help young people explore their talents, grow their self-belief and confidence, and support them in fulfilling their employment and enterprise...

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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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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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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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Staff: Matt Winn – Engagement Lead

Staff: Matt Winn – Engagement Lead

I’m the Engagement Lead at Babbasa, which means I support young people on a one-to-one and group basis. It’s my responsibility to support those young people who may be facing barriers or challenges in their lives. I assist them with their education, employment and...

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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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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: Eddie Bingham – Communications and Fundraising Lead

Staff: Eddie Bingham – Communications and Fundraising Lead

As Communications and Fundraising Lead, it’s my job to make sure that all of the social media accounts and website are up-to-date. I’m also in charge of media relations. I really enjoy that I get to speak to the young people at Babbasa and help share their stories. I...

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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: 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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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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Staff: Martyna – Babbasa Intern

Staff: Martyna – Babbasa Intern

I joined Babbasa as a Social Work placement student in 2018. My job is to assist the Babbasa Engagement Team to provide a supportive environment for young people, in order to help them progress with their personal development and ambitions. What attracted me to...

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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

Having started a DVD rental shop, soft commodities company and a property management agency all by the age of 26, Poku Osei decided his next venture would be in social entrepreneurship when he relocated to Bristol ten years ago.With no prior non-for-profit sector...

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Build Your Own Business

Run with Outset you'll be able to get the support you need starting your own business - learn how to find customers/service users, use social media for business, stand out from the competition, manage your finances and get ready for investment.  

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The Talent Conversation

Babbasa, in partnership with Bristol Media, would like to invite you to connect with Bristol's creative industry employers/professionals and aspiring young people. It's an opportunity to find out about work experience, paid work, mentors and other opportunites in the...

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