Fellows' updates: May 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: Stonemason Alexis Zafiropoulos (CF 2020) was interviewed by artist David F. Wilson (CF 2016) this month about his Fellowship plans to explore how craft landscaping techniques can improve communities. Alexis will use his findings to influence local planning policy in the UK.


Children and young people: Professor Andrew Rowland (CF 2014) published a PhD thesis that explores how legislation, advocacy and research can improve the health and wellbeing of children. The thesis follows from Andrew’s Fellowship, which explored child abuse and exploitation.


Community and citizenship: Charity worker Emily Niner (CF 2019) co-authored an article on how she has adapted Ambitious about Autism’s participation programme during the pandemic, published on 24 May in Policy Press. This work was influenced by her Fellowship, which explored support for teenagers following a diagnosis of autism.


Disability inclusion: Charity founder David Stanley (CF 2019) was awarded the King’s Arts and Culture Alumni Award by King’s College London, on 10 May, in recognition of his work with the learning-disabled community. David’s Fellowship explored approaches to music education for people with learning disabilities.


Emergency response: Christian Wiggin (CF 2019), Vinny Romano (CF 2019) and Jo Mildenhall (CF 2019) presented learnings from their three Fellowships, at the College of Paramedics National Conference on 13 May. Together they discussed mental health support for emergency services personnel and critical care.


Enterprise: Enterprise consultant Yvonne Witter (CF 2010) published a book entitled Customer Service in the African Caribbean Business on 24 May. The book uses storytelling to demystify business processes and explores the impact of enslavement on customer service.


Healthcare: Policy worker Dimitri Varsamis (CF 2019) discussed how the NHS can embrace innovation, at the King’s Fund digital health conference on 27 May. Dimitri shared findings from his Fellowship, which explored primary care digital transformation and integration.


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 26 May. The event forms as part of an ongoing series, covering topics such as ethics, justice, racism and medical education.


Healthcare: Healthcare worker Michelle Tennyson (CF 2018) was awarded a UK Advancing Healthcare Award for her work as Chair of Dysphagia NI to reduce avoidable deaths by choking. Michelle’s Fellowship explored research into public involvement and relationship approaches in shaping health services.


Mental health: Clinical psychologist Chris Allen (2018) co-authored a research paper on adapting mental health services during the pandemic, published on 19 May in Sage Journals. Chris drew upon a case study of a patient who transitioned from face-to-face support to telephone sessions.


Mental health: Psychologist Erica McInnis (CF 2016) contributed learnings gathered during her Fellowship to a new book, Racism in Psychology, which was published this month. Erica’s Fellowship explored models of African-centred psychotherapy for wellbeing.


Mental health: Charity founder Garry Botterill (CF 2015) launched a new national network of wellbeing and trauma support dogs this month that provide mental health support to police forces across the UK. Garry's Fellowship explored how specially trained assistance dogs can support PTSD sufferers.


Migration: Community organiser Amanda Walters (CF 2018) used her Covid-19 Action Fund grant to launch a national listening campaign to tackle migrant workers’ issues such as low pay and workplace discrimination. Amanda’s Fellowship explored approaches to supporting the rights of migrant workers.


Race equity: Equality campaigner Patrick Vernon (CF 2018) presented at an online event hosted by the British Association of Art Therapists on 21 May. Patrick discussed international examinations of anti-oppressive art therapy and art responses that address anti-colonialism.


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