Fellows' updates: January 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: Artist Laura Wilson (CF 2010) released a short film that explores the handing on of traditions, recipes and gestures on 24 January, commissioned by Fifth Istanbul Design Biennial. Laura’s Fellowship explored brick architecture in different cultures.


Bereavement: Teacher Sarah Helton (CF 2018) organised an online training course for people supporting the needs of grieving individuals with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), on 29 January. Sarah’s Fellowship investigated best practices in supporting bereaved children who have SEND. 


Community: Charity worker Hannah Paterson (CF 2019) held a series of online events throughout January to share best practices in participatory grant making. The series drew upon knowledge from experts in the field, as well as findings and recommendations from Hannah’s Fellowship. 


Community: Managing director Jacob Hill (CF 2020) appointed the former Justice Secretary, Rt Hon David Gauke, as Patron of his social enterprise, Offploy. Jacob founded the organisation to help ex-offenders find work and his Fellowship will explore ways to reintegrate former prisoners into communities. 


Crime: Forensic scientist Leisa Nichols-Drew (CF 2018) presented at a knife crime prevention event organised by Westminster Insight on 17 January. Leisa shared findings from her Fellowship, which explored forensic science approaches to knife crime investigations. 


Domestic abuse: Researcher James Rowlands (CF 2019) spoke at an online event organised by Standing Up Against Domestic Abuse on 20 January, as part of their Domestic Homicide Review webinar series. James discussed findings from his Fellowship, which explored responses to intimate partner homicide.


Domestic abuse: Charity CEO Sudarshan Bhuhi (2016) was interviewed by the Ilford Recorder about her Covid-19 project in an article published on 5 January. Sudarshan is using her Covid-19 Action Fund grant from us to empower BAME women affected by domestic abuse.


Disability inclusion: Charity CEO David Stanley (CF 2019) has been awarded a BEM in the Queen’s New Year Honours List this month. The honour is in recognition of David’s work as CEO of The Music Man Project and services to people with special needs.


Education: The work of charity CEO Dorothy Smith (CF 2017) has been mentioned in the UK Government’s Drug Recovery Champion annual report, published this month. Dorothy’s Fellowship explored how college and university recovery programmes can help students overcome addiction. 


Education: Science education consultant Dr Sai Pathmanathan has been awarded funding from food brand Higgidy’s Seeds of Joy initiative this month, to support her project The Little Growers Club. This will help to create a community vegetable patch for children in Streatham.   


Emergency response: Council worker Melvin Hartley (CF 2019) spoke at the online event Flood Response in Climate-Resilient Communities, organised by Flood Expo on 26 January. Melvin discussed findings from his Fellowship, which explored the management of spontaneous volunteers at emergency incidents. 


Equality: Charity worker Fozia Irfan (CF 2020) has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List this month. The honour is in recognition of Fozia’s services to the community in Bedfordshire, particularly during the Covid-19 response.


Food poverty: Food campaigner Lindsay Graham (CF 2014) has signed an open letter from Marcus Rashford urging the government to review its free schools meals policy. Lindsay’s Fellowship explored holiday meal provision and her findings have informed a Covid-19 Food Security Briefing in Scotland.


Healthcare: Policy worker Dimitri Varsamis (CF 2019) featured in a podcast on primary care that was organised by Faces of Digital Health on 20 January. Dimitri shared findings from his Fellowship, which explored primary care digital transformation and integration.


Healthcare: Policy worker Rebecca Jarvis (CF 2019) discussed alternatives to residential care at the AAA ISO Ageing Societies Leaders Forum on 28 January. Rebecca shared learnings from her Fellowship, which researched support for older people that allows them to remain in their own homes. 


Healthcare: Nurse Dr Ruth Oshikanlu (CF 2019) was interviewed by online magazine We Are The City about the mentoring work she is doing with nurses and midwives from BAME backgrounds, in an article published this month. Ruth’s Fellowship explored support for young people with adverse childhood experiences.  


Healthcare: Orthopaedic surgeon Zafar Ahmad (CF 2020) has written a scientific paper on rotator cuff tears, a common cause of shoulder pain, for the January issue of the British Journal of Hospital Medicine. Zafar’s Fellowship will research new data solutions using artificial intelligence to solve healthcare issues.


History: Scientist Marek Szablewski (2011) was interviewed for a podcast by the UCU trade union to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Marek discussed findings from his Fellowship, which explored the German occupation of Poland in 1939-45. 


Mental health: Charity chief executive Cheryl-lee Brown (CF 2018) has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List this month. The award is in recognition of Cheryl-lee's services to children and families in Midlothian, Scotland.


Mental health: Prison officer Dominic Kelly (CF 2016) has contributed to a series of reports on wellness support for prison staff that were published by the Justice Minister in Northern Ireland on 25 January. Dominic drew upon findings from his Fellowship, which studied prison officer wellness programmes. 


Migration: Community worker Bekele Woyecha (CF 2018) has written an article for the Metro on his personal experience of seeking asylum in the UK, which was published on 18 December. Bekele’s Fellowship explored the role of civil society in welcoming and supporting refugees.


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