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The Ubele Initiative: Weekly News

March 27th, 2023

News and information from our partners, collaborators and more on their exciting opportunities and events for each week. Be sure to check in to keep up to date with industry news.


Healthwatch England releases new report on Maternal Mental Health

New parents can face significant mental health struggles. Two-thirds of women and birthing parents who shared their experiences with Healthwatch England struggled with mental health during and after pregnancy. 

But despite this, 30% of respondents said their GP didn’t ask about their mental health at their six-week postnatal check. What this shows is that mental health is not always treated as a priority or not assessed at all – and this needs to change.

Read their latest research, which brings to light the experiences of over 2,600 people.

Read the report

Events and Opportunities

Black Thrive Community Assembly

Black Thrive will be hosting a roundtable discussion, featuring a panel of Black Disabled individuals who will be addressing the intersection of race and disability when navigating employment today. With the theme of ‘disrupting the narrative’, the aim of this thought-provoking conversation is to acknowledge and respect the experiences of Black Disabled individuals who encounter various challenges in relation to employment. This also endeavours to inspire hope that changing the system is possible to ensure Black Disabled people can secure and thrive in meaningful work, leading to a more equitable and just employment landscape. 

Click here for the registration link, and please contact if you require any assistance booking or any further information about the event.

81 Acts Reclaim Black Heritage Fund - Applications Closing Soon!

There is only 1 week left to apply to the Reclaim Black Heritage Fund for up to £4K to support your community led project that commemorates and preserves the history of 1981. Don't delay! Apply today!

Kickstart Worktop to Desktop Workshops

The Worktop to Desktop programme will be running again from April 2023! 

If you want to return to work or start your own business, this programme offers employment and enterprise workshops focusing on supporting and empowering residents to build their skills and confidence to reach their potential.   

For more information and to apply, click here or watch Kickstart your business,  Kickstart your career for further details.

Loads of Talent Half Term Workshops

Loads of Talent, a youth and community organisation based in North London is offering youth theatre workshops this April Half Term. LOT Little Legends have a four-day Half Term from the 10th - 13th April, 10am - 3pm for young people aged 6-11. 

Over the four days they will be exploring theatre making through games and activities, as they explore building characters and devise an original piece of theatre to perform on the final day of the project to friends and family that can to come along!

To secure a space please email Loads of Talent on:

The Fore’s Summer 2023 National Funding Round

Registration period opens from 11th  - 17th April. 

The programme is offering unrestricted grants of up to £30,000 in Summer 2023 to help small charities and social enterprises develop, grow or become more sustainable. 

Successful applicants will receive: 

  • A grant of up to £30,000 of unrestricted funding spead over 1-3 years. 

  • Access to free, highly skilled support provided by experienced professionals. 

  • Access to our programme of skills training workshops, covering areas such as fundraising, communications, finance, strategy and more. 

  • A fully funded place on an impact measurement course. 

Who is eligible to apply? 

All UK registered charities, CIOs, CICs and CBSs with an annual income of under £500,000 are welcome to apply. Please also take our eligibility quiz here

Our grants are intended to create a step change for your organisation. What do you need to get to the next stage of your development? Our grant might help your organisation to grow, increase your staff capacity, serve a new beneficiary group, become more sustainable or make your systems more efficient – we don’t mind, we just want you to be able to be better at what you do. 

How do we apply? 

  1. Watch our webinar here to understand to understand how you can make the best possible application for funding. 

  2. You will need to register your interest. Registration will be open for one week from 12pm on 11th April to 12pm on 17th of April. During this time, please register your interest on our Applying for Funding webpage (this will take 2 to 3 minutes). 

  1. On the 18th of April, all registered applicants will receive confirmation that they have been allocated a place on the funding round along with details of how to apply. If more applicants are registered than places available, places will be allocated randomly.

  2. Once you have received confirmation, you will have 3 weeks to write your application before the application deadline on Tuesday 9th May 2023, 5pm

  3. Submit your application through the link provided in your confirmation email. 

    If you have any questions, we are happy to help – please email us at

Black Culture Market June 2023 Event and Applications


Trader applications are open for the next Black Culture Market event on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June next event in Brixton. Apply now for the best opportunity to be part of this amazing event and one-of-a-kind celebration of black culture.⁠ The first round of applications close on Monday 3rd April 2023 and are on a rolling basis after this date. Head to to apply. 


Sat, June 03 and Sun, June 04, 2023, 11:00 - 17:00 both days

Join Black Culture Market this June for their exciting Summer event. Black Culture Market is the destination to support and shop from Black-owned businesses in Brixton. Explore the wonderful stalls on the weekend whilst catching up with friends.

The market has something for everyone and supports emerging entrepreneurs & new black businesses of African & Caribbean descent with opportunities to be more visible in the retail industry. If you're looking for food, drinks, gifts, cards, unique art, jewellery, male grooming kits, skincare, clothes or other original accessories and more come down!

This market truly the community's spirit as well as supports black businesses. Come early to avoid disappointment. 

This is a free event, please register here 


Downstairs at The Department Store

248 Ferndale Road




If you are interested in trading at this event please contact the organiser here 

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