My name is Millie Morfitt and I am the Challenge Programme Lead. Through this role, I support young people to create and host a social action campaign or event for social issues that they are passionate about. In previous years this has included cultural, political, social, environmental and wellbeing-related projects.

I first heard about Babbasa when I attended the ‘Our Bristol, Our World’ Challenge programme event in 2019. I thought that this event was incredible and I came away feeling inspired by such an amazing organisation who had a clear mission to celebrate diversity and change society for the better. Little did I know that two years later I would be working for them and organising similar events with young people and local organisations!

I am so excited to hear from young people about social issues that they care about and watching them run with their imagination, creativity and drive to create memorable and powerful events and campaigns that incite real change. I feel lucky to be able to support their vision however I can behind the scenes.

Before I worked at Babbasa, I studied Psychology in Education and subsequently worked as a Social Prescribing Link Worker with the Southmead Development Trust. This involved supporting people with their holistic health, including physical and mental health, financial and housing support, and social isolation. This role allowed me to work in a person-centred way with participants, ensuring that the support was led by them rather than me, since they knew what would work for them and what wouldn’t. I also work as a Personal Trainer and have always been fascinated by the mind-body connection.

I have volunteered with several LGBTQ+ organisations for over two years including Just Like Us: a fantastic charity that recruits youth ambassadors to speak in schools about growing up LGBTQ+, to provide positive representation and education. I am passionate about giving more of a voice to this community and to other marginalised groups, which is why I am so happy to be working with Babbasa and do exactly that.

The last year or so has brought with it a great deal of challenges for all of us, particularly young people who may not have had access to the same opportunities that they may otherwise have had. I am so excited to work for such a brilliant organisation, alongside many values-driven and kind-hearted people, to see what other uplifting and progressive ideas that the young people will come up with next!

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.

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