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Peer development project


The project will give participants opportunities to


  • develop facilitation, presentation and research skills
  • gain and share knowledge in an area of interest
  • put this knowledge into practice
  • meet and work with new people


The project will be split into two parts. The first part will consist of three sessions aimed at building facilitation skills and confidence for the participants. We will then go on to design a number of further sessions tailored specifically to the needs of individuals within the group. Each will have a mentor who will support in gaining skills in the area of work interested. This could include building campaigns, arts and self-expression, challenging interpersonal violence – the possibilities are endless!


The facilitators for these sessions are:

Lani Parker has worked on disability issues in various capacities including taking part in many campaigns, facilitating training, and working within disabled people’s organisations in the areas of advice, information and advocacy. She has a particular passion for doing the work of connecting social justice issues.
Lani is involved in a number of disabled people’s groups and has taken part in many sctions She was co facilitator for the Sisters of Frida’s Disability Sexuality workshop last year.

Nim Ralph - person of colour with short black hairNim Ralph has over 10 years’ experience as a trainer and facilitator, with specialisms in equalities and diversity work/anti-oppression and campaigning. They are Lead Trainer at Campaign Bootcamp and have facilitated for a wide range of groups and organisations ranging from the Girl Guides to Transgender Europe. Nim worked for Drake Music for the last 3 years, which focuses on Disability, music and technology.




Eleanor Lisney (mentor Stacy Smith) is looking to improve knowledge on domestic violence and (disabled) women. She is grateful that Stacy Smith from the Her Centre, Greenwich, has agreed to mentor her.

Some of the activities from the Her Centre can be seen from the Director Stacy’s and Voluntary Worker Claire Platt ‘s interview by Greenwich Television where they discussed about Her Centre’s services.

Eleanor also went to the Huggett Centre at Barking and Dagenham to discuss the possibility of setting up a network of disabled women working against domestic abuse and services for them.


Photo Michelle Baharier (mentor Rachel Ara)

Photo Nancy Mukoro (mentor Zita Holbourne)

Photo Esther Leighton

smiling black women with earrings and polka dot top Sorena Francis (mentors Amanda Stuart-Fisher and Dr Michelle Yaa Asantewa )

is interested in the processes involved when disabled artists create performance art with disabled and non-disabled performers, for disabled and non-disabled audiences. As her disability is acquired, this project also intends to engender confidence and insight into the work of being a disabled artist practitioner. Sorena wishes to also explore the ways in which performance art can be used as an agent for change and desires to create work that interrogate themes such as disability, dis/ableism, identity and protest.


Sorena’s page

Photo Tope Onanuga (mentor Holly Powell- Jones)

asian woman in pink with glasses smilingSarifa Patel (mentor Svetlana Kotova)





white woman blonde in blue hoodie with hand holding head up Magda Szarota (mentor Jess Hurd)





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some photos from the facilitators session in September 2017

a black, young women with glasses sitting with a white young woman and between them in the back wall, is a picture with words ' The decisive moment'

Tope, first meeting with mentor, Holly


two women, one white and the other East Asian, both with glasses smiling at the camera.

Eleanor with her mentor, Stacy Smith of the Her Centre


two women, one blsck and one white smiling into the sample

Sorena with one of her mentors, Amanda Stuart-Fisher

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