Fellows' updates: April 2021

The Churchill Fellowship is a national network of 3,800 inspiring individuals leading change in every area of society. Here is the latest news on how they are sharing their ideas and putting their insights into practice across the UK.

Children in care: Social entrepreneur Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang (CF 2018) presented at the Euromet conference on 20 April. Emmanuel shared learnings from his Fellowship, which researched residential care provision and explained how this has informed practice at the social enterprise he founded, Lighthouse.


Domestic abuse: Charity founder Nicola Sharp-Jeffs (CF 2016) hosted a webinar on economic abuse with Australian Churchill Fellow Rebecca Glenn on 21 April. The event discussed learnings from their collective Fellowships and shared best practices in responding to victims of economic abuse.


Education: Music educator Richard Jeffries (CF 2019) presented at an online festival hosted by arts organisation Aspire on 24 April. Richard was among 74 presenters and shared findings from his Fellowship, which studied the impact of choral singing on educational development.


Enterprise: Business advisor Karen Leigh Anderson (CF 2018) presented at the Stronger Together conference on 22 April. Karen shared learnings from her Fellowship, which explored how social enterprises can provide employment and training opportunities for disadvantaged groups.


Environment: Charity co-founder Helen Woodcock (CF 2010) has launched a campaign this month to help raise funds for a community-owned farm that will promote sustainable farming practices and produce healthy and organic food. Helen’s Fellowship explored sustainable food systems.


Environment: GP Jane Wilson-Howarth (CF 1976) published a blog this month about the work she is doing in Nepal to support communities during lockdown. Jane’s Fellowship explored the ecology of Nepali caves and introduced her to impoverished people in remote communities, inspiring her to return there to help improve healthcare.  


Governance and public provision: Author Anthony Young (CF 1969) wrote a book, Might Have Been Trams and Tramways, which was published this month. The book draws upon learnings gathered during his Fellowship, which explored techniques for improving urban transport systems.


Healthcare: Professor Ian Sabroe (CF 2019) co-hosted an online event with the University of Kent on how arts and humanities can inform healthcare on 21 April. Ian shared learnings from his Fellowship, which explored the benefits of incorporating humanities learning into medical education.


Healthcare: The Covid-19 Action Fund project set up by healthcare consultant Kerry Wykes (CF 2014) has been shortlisted for an award from the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance this month. Kerry’s project is using the general public’s experiences of health and social care to reform policy.


Healthcare: Nurse Pamela Page (CF 2019) helped to launch a Parliamentary petition to ensure that community rehabilitation is made available for all intensive care patients this month. This draws upon learnings from her Fellowship, which investigated support for people who have survived a critical illness.


Healthcare: The Covid-19 Action Fund project set up by nurse Dr Ruth Oshikanlu has been highlighted in the Burdett Trust for Nursing newsletter this month. Ruth’s project provides frontline BAME health and social care staff with culturally and spiritually sensitive psychological support. 


Mental health: Clinical psychologist Karen Treisman (CF 2018) published a book  entitled A Treasure Box for Creating Trauma-Informed Organizations on 16 April. The book draws upon findings from her Fellowship, which researched approaches to integrating trauma-informed principles at an organisational level.


Migration: Charity chief executive Debbie Ariyo (CF 2019) took part in an online webinar on human trafficking organised by journalist Tunji Offeyi on 17 April. Debbie shared findings from her Fellowship, which researched how communities can support children who are victims of human trafficking.


Physical activity: Doctor Daniel Grant (CF 2020) has helped to launch the first UK wallball court in London this month, which aims to engage communities in sport. Daniel’s Fellowship will explore best practices for engaging urban and deprived communities in handball sports.


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