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From our concept note 2011 to transformative social change

In 2011, we took our first step, publishing An Invitation to Ubele, a concept note for delivering an innovative model of leadership development and social change for African-Caribbean communities in 3 cities in England. The question we asked was:

“How can we create the next generation of community based leaders to help build independence and resilience within African-Caribbean communities in England?”

We’ve spent over a decade answering it by building Ubele and its services to respond to the needs of our community.

Since 2014, when we founded Ubele, we have engaged over 20,000 people through our intergenerational leadership programmes, capacity building support programmes, international study trips, online events, campaigns, newsletters, and social media. We’ve been listening to their concerns and experiences and harnessing their energy and collective voice to achieve change.

In 2018, we produced the first Black and Minoritised led Community Enterprise toolkit.

In 2019, we set up The Young Emerging Leaders Collective, a community for young Black people, people of colour and racialised people, committed to racial and social justice.

Making a difference within challenging times

The disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Black and Minoritised communities has exposed deep-rooted social and economic inequalities. Ubele, along with many other voluntary and community social enterprises, has been part of the local, regional and national recovery efforts working to address issues and concerns affecting Black and Minoritised communities.

Between April 2020 and July 2021, we:

  • Reached 17,622 people and supported directly 200 Black and Minoritised led organisations. 

  • Distributed £13,5 million funding to Black and Minoritised led community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises and raised £94,925 for the Majonzi Fund to provide bereavement and grief support to members of the Black and Minoritised communities affected by loss due to Covid-19. 

  • Conducted and published 4 major pieces of research. 

  • Hosted 115 online events such as webinars and community conversations.

Read our Social Impact Report: Making a difference within challenging times, April 2020 - July 2021

Quotes from members

The project [Navigating Space Under Lockdown] was important as people often get stuck in their own bubble of life and sometimes forget that not everyone has the same experience. In order to move forward in society and promote unity we all need to understand how others live and the day-to-day obstacles they face. This project was great as people now have a body of work they can refer to and understand other people's perspectives of navigating space through lockdown from all over the country.

- Moeed Majeed, Navigating Space Uder Lockdown participant

I gained a tremendous amount of information on recommended funding opportunities, the criteria and other supplementary resources available of which I wasn’t aware of before.

- Fundraising Support Webinar participant

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