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Get to know the Babbasa Team below…

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: Kate La Tour – Fundraising and Partnerships Lead

Staff: Kate La Tour – Fundraising and Partnerships Lead

I lead on fundraising and building partnerships with employers and organisations to offer opportunities; and in turn support them to understand the needs of diverse young people entering the world of work. I joined Babbasa in March, just at the beginning of lockdown....

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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: Maria Sidawi – Interim Communications Lead

Staff: Maria Sidawi – Interim Communications Lead

I’m Maria, I joined Babbasa in September as Interim Communications Lead. I’ve been responsible for the communications for the City Of Change campaign. It has been great to see the number of organisations commit to City Of Change, and contribute to the change we need...

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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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Staff: Sarah Dean – Research and Evaluation Intern

Staff: Sarah Dean – Research and Evaluation Intern

I’m Sarah, I’ve recently joined Babbasa as a Research and Evaluation intern. I make sure each program is evaluating its success and progress effectively and I also do some internal research to report on all the amazing work the team at Babbasa are doing. I recently...

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Staff: Ishola Somuyiwa – Outreach and Engagement Intern

Staff: Ishola Somuyiwa – Outreach and Engagement Intern

I’m a creative who loves to learn new which has aided my drive of becoming an entrepreneur. I was interested and selected for the role because of my Business and Marketing background, coupled with my passion for advertising and the experience I have in managing social...

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Staff: Ahlan Muhamed – Outreach Intern

Staff: Ahlan Muhamed – Outreach Intern

In this role I do effective engagement with young people with the intentions of recruiting them on to the Babbasa programme. The experiences and skills I have that help me in this role, is my communication skills. This makes it easier for me to network with young...

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Staff: Evie Whitten – Support Programme Intern

Staff: Evie Whitten – Support Programme Intern

I’m Evie, a Social Work Student from UWE on placement at Babbasa. I will be working alongside Matt on the support programme. I’m so excited to be getting experience especially in a brilliant team like Babbasa, as I really share their values and believe in what they...

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