Hallo, my name is Roni Edwards and for the past two years through my organisation Pamodzi Creatives, I have voluntarily run the Inspirational Women of Portsmouth Project. This project has contributed to the well-being of the city and celebrated amazing achievements of girls and women through social media profiles, coaching, story-telling projects, podcast series, photography project and International Women’s Day events. As a grant-dependent community interest company Pamodzi is also focused on supporting the rape counselling service PARCS (www.parcs.org.uk). I need your help to continue developing this exciting project to the next phase which will include an Apprenticeship scheme through Portsmouth College, advocacy work and schools work.
About the project: Working towards International Women's Day, a social media campaign integrates short films, podcasts and a nomination process where you can nominate any individual identifying as a woman/girl you consider Inspirational because she has made a positive impact to her community, whatever the context. Additionally, by celebrating women and girls throughout the city who may also be marginalised culturally, socially or economically, the project challenges inequality and discrimination whilst raising awareness of opportunity for achievement whatever someone’s background or circumstances. Nominations encourage everyone to consider the people in their lives who have had a beneficial impact on them and who strive to lead others to make a positive contribution to society.
The Award ceremony itself, alongside recognising the incredible achievements of our nominees and Award recipients, is also an evening dedicated to celebrating the creative industries we have across Portsmouth. The evening includes performances and showcases from local dance groups, choirs, fashion designers and other creative professionals, to create a real celebration of the amazing talent Portsmouth has to offer.
Charity Partnership: Alongside the positive impact of raising the profile of women in our city and celebrating its creativity, I wanted there to be some concrete benefits to these awards. So I am delighted that all profits from the Awards event are donated to Porsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (PARCS), to help finance the invaluable work they do to support people who are victims of sexual abuse and violence.
Apprenticeship Scheme: The project has so far included pilot apprenticeship opportunities for three young people as it was important that young people take a lead in developing the project. Building on from this, I would also like to provide an employment and training opportunity for full accreditation to one young person.
How you can help This next season will be an incredibly challenging time for communities and I would like the opportunity continue to provide a platform of positive stories that nurture our well being and celebrates achievements in the city. Pamodzi Creatives is a grant dependent CIC and Covid-19 has had a serious impact on our ability to run the project.
This appeal is to support the development of the Apprenticeship scheme and the the next Inspirational Women of Portsmouth project and event. There will be an opportunity for a Level 3 Apprenticeship qualification for one young person to study at Portsmouth College. Through your support, this young person will also have the opportunity to gain experience working on the project as well as gaining work place experience in PARCS and other organisations within the city. It will also help us create the podcasts and campaigns to celebrate our nominees and produce other projects linked to the theme of Inspirational Women of Portsmouth.
Who inspires you ? Celebrate them The recent Covid-19 crisis has had a devastating impact on so many organisations and businesses with potential sources of funding support diminished over night. The next year will be challenging on so many levels for both communities and individuals; but it will also be important for our well being as a community to come together and find opportunities to celebrate positive achievements. Your support would enable this as well as the opportunity for one young person to secure valuable work experience, and as a small token of thanks we are offering you merchandise, opportunities for podcast profiling and of course, acknowledgement on our wall of thanks website page.
Below are some short films about the project
Apprenticeship Strand :
Profiling Trailblazers across the city
Story Telling Projects
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