39 Fellowships awarded in London
Published: 3 Mar 2015
To mark its 50th anniversary year as Sir Winston’s living legacy, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has just awarded a record number of 150 Travelling Fellowships. 39 of these grants, totalling £257,000, have been awarded to London citizens.
The 39 Fellows will travel to 37 countries between them, across five continents, where they will carry out a wide range of projects. The average length of a Fellowship is six weeks.
This year’s London Fellows are:
- Calum Handforth, a broadband policy advisor from Barnet. He will travel to Singapore and Canada to research best practice in using technology to improve public services.
- Gemma Seltzer, a writer from Bromley, who will be travelling to the USA and Australia to explore professional and creative development for writers working with older people.
- Allan Ponniah, a reconstructive surgeon from Camden, who will be travelling to France and the Netherlands to examine ways of assessing outcomes of surgery in patients with facial deformity.
- Kirsty Major, an enterprise executive with the Prince's Trust in London. She will be travelling to Bangladesh to investigate enterprise as a solution to female migrant unemployment.
- Carla Fregiste-Moore, a specialist caseworker from Ealing, who will be travelling to the USA to research best practice in assimilating victims of wrongful conviction back into society.
- Samantha Samuel, a primary school teacher from Enfield, who will be travelling to Australia, Canada and the USA to research inspirational approaches to teaching primary school science.
- Angela Allcock, from Greenwich, is a dual diagnosis service lead at HMP Thameside. She will be travelling to Norway and the USA to research the development of a trauma based approach group programme.
- Charlotte Bull, a manager of the Rethink Advice and Information Service in London. She will be travelling to the USA to research therapeutic jurisprudence in specialist courts.
- Gloria Esegbona, a doctor from Greenwich, who will be travelling to Australia and Nigeria to research treatment of traumatic injuries caused by giving birth.
- Paul Kassman, from Greenwich, who is the director of a community interest company. He will be travelling to the USA to research effective responses in tackling the impact of gangs.
- Eleanor Butt, a policy development officer from Hackney, who will be travelling to Canada, the Netherlands and Portugal to investigate treatment and conditions for prisoners with very long sentences.
- Jessica Cundy, from Hackney, who is a Development Manager at the NSPCC. She will be travelling to Australia and New Zealand to explore best practice in early intervention in families with complex needs.
- Shaun McGuigan, an assistant head teacher from Hackney, who will be travelling to China and Hong Kong, as well as other countries ranked highly for reading, maths and science. He will be investigating best practice with an aim to raise the attainment and aspirations of disadvantaged students.
- Gabriel Smales, a senior researcher at Remarkable Cities in Islington. He will be travelling to Lebanon, Morocco and South Africa to investigate best practice in community development through library service design.
- Lucy Slade, from London, who is mentor manager for resettlement charity Key4Life. She will be travelling to the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden to study best practice in resettling foreign national prisoners.
- James Stirling, a sports coordination officer from Shepherds Bush. He will be travelling to the USA to research best practice in the provision of multi-sport activities for juniors.
- Diane Hart, a consultant from Haringey, who is travelling to Finland, Spain and the USA to investigate best practice in approaches to secure care for troubled children.
- Emily Wood, a monitoring and evaluation officer for Haringey Council's children's centres. She will be travelling to Iceland, Norway and the USA to research how parental skills can be developed to prevent child neglect and abuse.
- George Cunningham, a furniture designer and maker from Lambeth, who will be travelling to Denmark and the USA to investigate traditional and modern chair-making techniques.
- Leda Dadkhah, a dyslexia specialist teacher from Lambeth, who will be travelling to Canada to explore literacy interventions for dyslexic pupils.
- Dr Charlotte Neary-Bremer, an emergency medicine practitioner from Lambeth. She will travel to Mexico and the USA in order to explore holistic interventions to prevent youth violence.
- Naomi Scarano, a trainee barrister from Lambeth, who will be travelling to Japan to research the application of the Hague Convention, which seeks to protect children from abduction across international boundaries.
- Terence O'Rourke, an architect from Lewisham, who will be travelling to Austria, Germany and Sweden to learn from advances in Passivhaus Design to create sustainable buildings.
- Maria Lisorgorskaya, from Newham, who is a founding member of Assemble design and architecture collective. She will be travelling to China and the USA to explore the development of collective workspaces.
- Michele Wood, an art therapist from Richmond upon Thames, who will be travelling to the USA to find out about the use of digital devices in palliative care and the treatment of chronic illness.
- Victoria Bleazard, a campaigns and communications director from Southwark, who will be travelling to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore to research new approaches to the physical healthcare of people with mental illness.
- Jade Shaw, an artistic director from Southwark, who will be travelling to the USA to investigate parkour programs for seniors.
- Siobhann Tighe, from Southwark, who is Head of Prison Radio at the National Offender Management Service in London. She will be travelling to Sweden and the USA to find out about prison radio programmes that can be heard by the wider public.
- Charlotte Dove, a garden project coordinator from Southwark, who will be travelling to Canada and the USA to find out about the role of community seed banks in protecting seed diversity.
- Adjoa Anyimadu, an events coordinator from Tower Hamlets. She will be travelling to Germany, the Netherlands and the USA to explore the future of museums, with a focus on museums as cultural and community hubs.
- Ione Maria Rojas, from Tower Hamlets,is the founder and project manager of 'Furry Tales', which runs animal-assisted activities from Stepney City Farm to combat social isolation in elders. She will be visiting related projects in Israel, Palestine and the USA with the aim of discovering best practise.
- Adam Payne, a produce distribution and training coordinator for Organiclea Community Growers in Chingford. He will be travelling to Italy and Poland to explore traditional techniques for preserving fresh produce.
- Sara Lee, an artistic director from Walthamstow, who will be travelling to Norway and the USA to explore the role of music in resettlement and crime prevention.
- Naomi Watson, from Walthamstow, who is a Core leader in Young Hackney. She will be travelling to Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda to research effective interventions for reducing violent crime amongst young black men.
- Sarah Griffiths, a placements manager with the Youth Justice Board from Wandsworth, who will be travelling to Australia to explore ways of tackling bullying amongst young people in custody.
- Rosaline Sullivan, from Wandsworth, who is a monitoring and evaluation manager with the Prince's Trust. She will be travelling to the USA to find out about creative interventions for young gang members.
- Andrew Smith, a primary school teacher from Wandsworth, who will be travelling to China and Japan, amongst other countries. His aim is to explore strategies for boosting pupils' attainment in maths.
- Daniel Wiltshire, an architect from London, who will be travelling to Germany and Japan to research residential designs with a focus on self-build and owner-initiated housing.
- Ella Peck, a contemporary dancer from London, who will be travelling to Cuba and Brazil to learn more about traditional dance and how it can be taught.
Since its inception in February 1965, over 5,000 ordinary British men and women have been awarded Churchill Fellowships, from over 100,000 applicants. The ethos remains the same five decades on – for individuals to visit different parts of the world in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of social, environmental, medical and scientific issues, in order to bring back new approaches and innovative ideas to Britain, for the benefit of their local and regional communities, and, in many cases, the nation.
Before his death in 1965, Sir Winston was adamant that he did not wish to have another statue as his memorial, so he approved the setting up of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (www.wcmt.org.uk) as his national memorial and living legacy, for the benefit of future generations.
The Trust was founded on 1 February 1965, the day after Churchill's funeral; and just one week after his passing an Appeal was launched to the nation by Field Marshal Lord Alexander of Tunis. Millions of grateful British people willingly gave personal contributions to the newly created Trust. The nation raised an initial £2.8 million – a huge sum of approximately £48 million in today’s money, which remains the basis of the Trust’s finances today.
“Sir Winston’s legacy lives on through our Fellows – individuals who, like him, have vision, leadership, a passion with a purpose, and a commitment to help their fellow citizens” says Jamie Balfour, Director General of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
Churchill Fellows are remarkable but essentially ordinary individuals. Aged 18 and over, they come from all walks of life (no qualifications are required in order to apply, but you must be a British citizen). Their common denominator is their dedication to solving often complex problems facing their communities.
“Churchill understood the power of potential. Inspiring millions around the world during his lifetime, Sir Winston believed and proved that, with the right support, ordinary men and women could achieve extraordinary feats – and that their success and knowledge sharing would inspire and drive others in turn”, explains Sir Richard Vickers, Director General of the Winston Memorial Trust, who served from 1983-1993.
Notes to Editors:
In total 150 Fellowships have been awarded across the UK in 2015, an investment of over £1.34 million in British citizens. The Fellows will be travelling to 58 countries between them, across 6 continents. The categories for the 2016 Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowships will be announced on 6th May 2015. See www.wcmt.org.uk for more details.
Annual categories represent current areas of concern in the UK, as well as Churchill’s areas of interest, such as penal reform, travel, the crafts and communities.
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‘Churchill 2015’ is a unique international celebration of the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill, fifty years after his death. Churchill-related activity will take place around the world to commemorate his achievements, to highlight his vibrant existing legacy, to promote a range of educational opportunities and to bring his life and work to new audiences. Churchill 2015 follows three main themes: Commemoration, to mark this important anniversary appropriately; Education, to engage and inspire future generations; and Legacy, to highlight, develop and enhance the existing work of Churchill organisations in delivering programmes focusing on leadership, debate and public speaking. Churchill 2015 is being led by an alliance of those charities and institutions with an interest in the life or legacy of Sir Winston. For a list of partners and a first glimpse of some of the planned activities (there are more to be announced) see www.churchillcentral.com.
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