Team

Ife Thompson

Founder/ Youth Project & Volunteer Manager

She has over 4 years of experience working with her community, she is committed to ensuring the Black diaspora in the UK and beyond thrive. She is also an Outreach Worker for the Rooted Project and the Grounded project.  Due to her commitment to working within her community; she has regularly seen how the affects of institutionalised racism has devastated her community and She is currently training to be a Barrister to help challenge and redress these injustices.

Ife is also trained as a Mental Health first aider, a Youth Worker and is a former Saturday school teacher. She has a wealth of knowledge on useful early prevention mechanisms and knows how to respond to somebody during a mental health crisis. She previously was an Education/Criminal law Paralegal and a Family Law Advocate. She has a wealth of experience in applying the law to facts and being a competent advocate.

Email me: hello@blamcharity.co.uk

Toyin Yakub

Safeguarding Lead

She has a good understanding of how negative imagery effects how people perceive themselves and works with BLAM to promote positive narratives about Black Britishness.

She holds a masters in Psychology. She is also hands on and is key point of call in organising and planning all our Hub and Rooted Project events.

Email me: Hello@blamcharity.co.uk

Chioma Wuche

BLAM Project Officer

Chioma is a sociology graduate with a vast understanding of the intersect of race, class and identity politics. She is leading on our Hub Events management. She ensures that we constantly are finding new talent that can be used for our HUB sessions. She also promotes and works on growing BLAM’s Partnerships. She is also an Outreach Worker for the Rooted Project.

Rasheed Rollins

Core Team

Rasheed Rollins has completed the LPC and is committed to social justice projects. He helps to ensure that BLAM’s core projects have the right contingency plans. He also looks for funding to support our core projects.


Sophia Leonie Mtandwa

Youth Project Worker ( Merton)

Sophia has worked as a Media and English teacher in inner London for over 13 years. Sophia is passionate about encouraging all young people to challenge stereotypical representations and respond critically to the media that they are exposed to. Sophia is also a writer who writes about culture, identity, gender and race. Sophia has a Masters from the University of Essex and a degree in Media & Cultural Studies.

She is now working on the Grounded and Rooted Project , she leads in creating the content for the workshops and delivering it to our young people. She is the lead person in ensuring the Grounded Project is being developed and implemented in the Merton borough.

Jodi- Ann Johnson

Youth Project Worker ( Lambeth)

Jodi-Ann has worked in education for the past six years in various roles including Project Coordinator for a BAME charity, various Learning Support roles and is now training as a Secondary School English Teacher. She has a degree in English and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Power and Social Change.

She is dedicated to educating and serving the interests of young people from her community. Aside from work, she is a writer and her interests lie in music, literature and history. She runs a budding book club and is an active member of the Jamaican diaspora, serving as a part of the Jamaican Diaspora UK Youth Council. She is now working on the Grounded and Rooted Project , she leads in creating the content for the workshops and delivering it to our young people. She is the lead person in ensuring the Grounded Project is being developed and implemented in the Lambeth borough.

BLAM’s Advisory Committee

Patrica Lamour MBE

Patricia is an International Education Consultant and Managing Director of Aspire Education Group and a Trustee at Race on the Agenda. She is passionate about the transformation and success of all young people in education and considers gender equality to be crucial for global development.

She is the founder of a women’s movement and supplementary school in Germany, former Head teacher of an international school and General Manager of an international business college in West Africa.

Patricia is a school governor, alumni member of the Institute of Education. She is an external Equalities advisor for Ofqual, the regulatory body for qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. She has also been a Gender consultant for UNICEF. Has has had a 30 year career of championing racial justice. She supports BLAM by giving advice on how we should shape our curriculum and provides valued insight on how can execute all our educational projects.
 

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