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Introduction to the topic – video

Learning from other community advocates

Now it’s time to meet some real-life community advocates who will share their insights, experience and the things they have learnt with you on this course!

Our community advocates include:

Nazir Afzal OBE is a former Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West, and first practicing Muslim to be appointed to this post, who focused his efforts on tackling cases involving violence against women and girls, child sexual exploitation and honour based violence. He supports a number of organisations to make an even bigger difference to their community, including Hopwood Hall College in Greater Manchester, the Welsh Government and the People’s Powerhouse, working to amplify the voices of people across the North in the debate about the future of our region.

David Stone works for CAVCA (Coast and Vale Community Action) which is based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. They work with people to find solutions to the challenges their communities face and sometimes just help them create more of the good things that are already going on.

Neena Punnu is a Stronger Communities Together office at Bradford City Council and a lead organiser for Bradford For Everyone. Bradford For Everyone aims to bring people in Bradford together, because they believe that Bradford’s strength is in its diversity.

Profile photo of Neena Punnu

Jonathon Prasad is the Operations and Business Manager at the Lancashire BME Network. He supports the Lancashire BME Network in achieving their aim of improving the lives of BME communities across Lancashire.

Jabu Phiri is a Care Manager, Entrepreneur, Events Organiser, Community Activist, Ambassador for Bradford For Everyone and a Masters student. She believes in the power of community advocacy and action to bring people together and make her diverse community an even better place to live.

Who we are - Bradford For Everyone

Mike Fraser formerly worked as a civil servant for 39 years before retiring to be a Carer for his wife. He is an Ambassador for Bradford for Everyone and believes in the power of community action to help others who may otherwise be isolated or vulnerable which impacts on their mental and physical health.