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CHANGE... Not Campaigns! - 17th November 2023

Racial inequity exists in the voluntary youth sector. This event is your chance to be a part of the solution to it... and other inequities.

Join us on the 17th November for 'CHANGE, NOT CAMPAIGNS.' - Full Agenda and Panellist info below.


9:15 - 10:00 - Arrival and Light Breakfast

Doors will open at 9:15am and you will have the opportunity to get signed in and grab some light breakfast whilst networking with other attendees.

10:00 - 10:10 - Welcome and TRIUMPH intro

TRIUMPH Chair, Louis Howell, will welcome you all to today's event and provide an introduction and background on TRIUMPH for those that may not know much about our work to date.

10:15 - 11:05 - Panel Discussion

Now, our panel of colleagues who play a range of roles across the voluntary youth sector will discuss and explore a potential solution for creating equity in the sector: "How to create a platform that amplifies the voices of lesser heard sector leaders".

11:10 - 11:25 - Panel Reflections

Having heard the panel discussion, attendees will now have the opportunity to discuss their own views on how the solution could be made a reality AND the role each of you can play in the solution's implementation.

11:30 - 11:40 - Introducing the 'Solution Space' concept

Now, we will be letting you know about the events and programmes that TRIUMPH will be launching in 2024 and you will have the opportunity to express your interest.

11:40 - 12:00 - Personal Reflection

12:00 - Lunch and Networking

13:00 - 13:45 - Solution Space

Now, in groups of up 20 you will have time to develop one of our equity solutions into a practical action plan.

13:45 - 14:00 - Break

14:00 - 14:45 - Solution Space - Analysis and Review

With the action plans that were created before the break... we will now work in groups to analyse and review them with a focus on STRENGTHENING their use case.

14:45 - 15:00 - Event Close

A reminder of the next steps for TRIUMPH, feedback surveys and programme expressions of interest.

15:00 - 15:30 - Networking


Saba Iftikhar

Forestry and Youth Work Practitioner

Saba Iftikhar is a Green SP and Eco-Therapy, Forestry Practitioner and Youth Worker. With over 10 years' experience of working with YP and using nature as an outlet to explore and self-reflect, Saba works with the local population and communities at a grassroots level, offering a variety of activities. She encouragex the use of using nature as a healer through different exercises and activities in the outdoors.

Saba works for a local organisation “Pennine Oak’s" - a community organisation based in the heart of a beautiful woodland near Pendle Hill, Lancashire. Numerous social prescribing interventions are hosted in the woodland for Young People. People can self-refer or be referred by local networks, police, council, and local services.

Pennine Oak's works with a range of young people, including refugees and individuals from Global Majority backgrounds to increase confidence, motivation, teamwork, and support networks all vital for wellbeing.

Saba also volunteers with several charities in her spare time. She is the Chair of Trustees for the Institute for Youth Work and also sits on the following boards: BPRCVS, SafeNet, PNN, LBN and PIVOT”.

Eli Manderson Evans

CEO, Blagrave Trust

Eli Manderson Evans is the CEO of The Blagrave Trust, an organisation that funds and collaborates with partners to bring lasting change to the lives of young people. He has over 10 years’ experience in policy, research and strategy roles covering connecting issue areas such as the empowerment of young campaigners, LGBTQIA+ rights, climate justice, racial justice and much more.

Marcus Leon

Programme Manager, Avenues Youth Project

Marcus is a former Avenues member who worked as a part-time youth worker at The Avenues from 2010, whilst working in education both as a SEN teacher and Inclusion Manager. Marcus was appointed The Avenues’s full-time Senior Youth Worker in March 2020 and is now responsible for managing their senior members’ and employment projects, adding much needed bandwidth to their delivery. He is also studying for a Masters in Applied Anthropology and Youth Work at Goldsmiths University.

Ashley McCaul

CEO, ThinkForward

Ashley joined ThinkForward at the end of 2018. In response to the global Black Lives Matter movement, in 2021 she led the organisation through a Race Equity journey, supported by her trustees. This work sought to explore the inequities which exist in our system, engage in a period of individual and organisational learning, develop an anti-racist culture within ThinkForward and challenge partners and stakeholders to support them in their anti-racist stance. Through the #YoungAndBlack UK Youth campaign, ThinkForward also created space for young people on their programmes to explore the impact of racism, develop an understanding of what it is to be anti-racist and deepen their understanding of the concept of “allyship”.

Prior to joining ThinkForward, Ashley was the CEO of London Skills for Growth and Group Director (Apprenticeships) for a Further Education college in London. She is an experienced leader who has held senior positions in the not for profit and education sectors for over 20 years. Ashley is particularly passionate about supporting young people who face challenges and lack opportunities to reach their full potential.

Ndidi Okezie

CEO, UK Youth

Ndidi is the CEO of UK Youth; a leading national charity with a growing network of over 10,000 youth organisations and national partners who use the educational disciplines of youth work to support the social, personal and skill development of over 5 million young people.

UK Youth’s 2025 strategy, “Unlocking Youth Work” outlines a bold ambition to impact young lives by unlocking youth work as a catalyst for change. They work in partnership to build cross-sector movements, creating a society that understands, champions, and delivers effective youth work for all.

Prior to this role; she worked as a teacher and school leader for ten years, spent six years as the Executive Director of the charity Teach First, and lead on Digital and Customer Voice Strategy for Pearson PLC. She sits on the Board of Centrepoint, The Mulberry Schools Trust, The National Citizen Service, and Sky's Diversity Advisory Council.


Jaffer Ali Hussain - Event MC

Chair of Council, Institute for Youth Work

Jaffer Ali Hussain is a highly motivated social entrepreneur, coach and trainer who has been involved in youth and community work since he was 15. Jaffer is deeply passionate about the racial equity and draws on his own lived experience to support colleagues and organisations locally, regionally, and nationally to be more racially equitable. These experiences have led him to developing a style in which he translates concepts and tools into plain speaking, easy to understand English and in a way that’s captivating and humorous. Jaffer’s extensive work in and around the youth sector also means that he has a wealth of tools at his fingertips and can often work with individuals and groups to create unexplored solutions alongside clear, actionable plans. Refreshingly unassuming, Jaffer believes in putting others first.

Nikita Velverde - Event MC

Managing Director, Concept of Lift and Local Champions CIC

Nikita is a business leader and advisor to creative businesses, non-profits and early stage tech organisations. Through her consultancy and facilitation company, 'Concept of Lift', Nikita focuses on building forward thinking and inclusive leadership teams. She is also the director and cofounder of 'Local Champions CIC' which tackles social inequality by supporting voluntary grassroots organisations to transform into wage-paying social enterprises. Nikita is known for driving incubator and accelerator programmes addressing society's most pressing problems.

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