Fellows' updates: February 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.

Art and culture: This month tapestry weaver Chrissie Freeth (CF 2016) was selected to showcase at ARTAPESTRY 6, a European tapestry weaving exhibition. The work she exhibited was a tapestry that Chrissie wove as a direct result of her Fellowship, which explored techniques used by medieval weavers.


Art and culture: Author Stephen Ward (CF 1991) has written a book, Artistes of Colour: Ethnic Diversity and Representation in the Victorian Circus, which was published on 22 February. The book explores the contribution that Black and ethnic performers made to the success of the nineteenth-century circus.


Children and young people: Researcher Tim Gill (CF 2018) has written a book, Urban Playground, which was published on 1 February. The book explores how designers can create sustainable play spaces for children and draws upon insights from Tim’s Fellowship, which researched child-friendly approaches to urban planning.


Disability inclusion: The work of special care advisor George Julian (CF 2017) was featured in a BBC news article on 10 February. George live-tweets the inquests of people with learning disabilities, to highlight the premature death of learning disabled people in the UK. 


Disability inclusion: Disability rights consultant Zara Todd (CF 2016) has co-written a report, Hidden Leaders: Disability Leadership in Civil Society, which was published by ACEVO on 7 February. Zara drew upon findings from her Fellowship, which explored best practice in leadership for disabled people.


Domestic abuse: Charity director Becky Rogerson (CF 2011) was interviewed by BBC News on 24 February about the work she is doing at domestic abuse charity, Wearside Women in Need. Becky recently received a WCMT Covid-19 Action Fund to develop a community model for tackling abuse. 


Education: Head of education Richard Wakelin (CF 2017) has contributed to a Parliamentary inquiry into prison education this month, on behalf of the prison education provider for which he works, Novus. Richard shared learnings from his Fellowship, which explored the role of education in reducing reoffending.


Emergency response: Researcher James Rowlands (CF 2019) has contributed to an academic paper on family and intimate partner homicide, which was published in the Journal of Family Violence on 3 February. This was one of the goals outlined in James’ Fellowship and resulted from the connections made during his travels.


Environment: GP Jane Wilson-Howarth (CF 1976) released an audiobook of her memoir, A Glimpse of Eternal Snows, in December. Jane’s Fellowship explored the ecology of Nepali caves and introduced her to impoverished people in remote communities, inspiring her to return to help improve healthcare.  


Environment: Conservationist Jonathan Reeves (CF 2019) discussed nature-based health interventions in a webinar hosted by the environmental organisation Sweep on 5 February. Jonathan shared findings from his Fellowship, which explored the health benefits of spending time in forests.


Environment: Policy advisor Joshua Powell (CF 2017) released a short film on island conservation on 1 February, in collaboration with Zoological Society of London. The film explores techniques that can be used to help protect biodiversity and draws upon findings from Joshua’s Fellowship, which explored island conservation.


Environment: Horticulture expert Richard Eltringham (CF 2017) has started a new horticulture programme at HMP Belmarsh this month as part of a new role. Richard will be implementing recommendations from his Fellowship, which explored horticulture-based community programmes for offenders with mental health issues. 


Food security: Researcher Martin Yarnit (CF 2017) has shared the importance of local food hubs in an article published on the website of the agriculture organisation Sustain on 2 February. Martin drew upon the findings gathered from his Fellowship, which explored community food production.


Food security: This month an Early Day Motion was tabled in the House of Commons, welcoming a new breakfast club model created by Lynne Hindmarch(CF 2018) and Lindsay Graham (CF 2014). The model is the first of its kind in the UK and has already helped to support over 800 children. Read our news story.


Healthcare: An intergenerational programme set up by Lorraine George (CF 2017) and Kay Jodrell (CF 2019) received the 2020 Best Inclusive Practice Nursery World Award on 15 February. The programme engages childminders and children with residents at a care home in Torquay and is the first of its kind in the UK. 


Healthcare: Emergency consultant Shweta Gidwani (CF 2018) spoke at an online event hosted by The Royal College of Emergency Medicine on 11 February. The event explored solutions for healthcare staff retention and Shweta shared learnings from her Fellowship, which researched wellbeing support for doctors.


Health and wellbeing: The charity of police sergeant Garry Botterill (CF 2016), Service Dogs UK, was published in the West Sussex Gazette on 9 February. Garry’s Fellowship explored how assistance dogs can help veterans with PTSD, and he used these findings to develop the work of this charity. 


Mental health: Mental health campaigner Debbie Frances (CF 2018) took part in an online Q&A with wellbeing provider Recovery Devon on 23 February. Debbie shared her own experiences as a mental health carer and findings from her Fellowship, which explored early-intervention initiatives that promote wellbeing.


Mental health: Former army officer Sally Coulthard (CF 2019) has set up a horticulture therapy project, Defence Gardens, for veterans this month. The project is inspired by Sally’s Fellowship, which investigated horticultural therapy for armed forces personnel with mental health issues.


Migration: Researcher Abdullah Geelah (CF 2018) has written an article on visiting mosques for the journal Critical Muslim, which was published this month. Abdullah shared learnings from his Fellowship, which explored the role of mosques in shaping cohesive identities among western Muslims.


Prison reform: Police Constable Mark Walsh (CF 2013) was the guest speaker at a virtual event hosted by Hampshire Police Cadets on 2 February. Mark discussed the work he is doing through Hampshire Community Court, an award-winning youth-led peer court which he founded as a result of his Fellowship.


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