06.10.23 News and information

Learnings from Black & Green Ambassadors programme shared in new report

The National Lottery Funded Black & Green Ambassadors programme, a partnership between Ujima Radio and Bristol Green Capital Partnership, ran for three years between 2021 and 2023 after a successful pilot in 2016.

It aimed to recruit, mentor and support emerging leaders with environmental and social justice ambitions to work with Bristol’s diverse communities, businesses, organisations and individuals on issues of environmental sustainability, equality, diversity and inclusion. The six Ambassadors who completed year-long posts undertook a range of community engagement, research and leadership activities – as well as a monthly radio show.

After the first two years of the programme Ujima Radio and Bristol Green Capital Partnership commissioned May Project Gardens to engage with a range of stakeholders, alumni Ambassadors and many of the participants and supporters of the programme to better understand the positive impacts, challenges, opportunities for the future and recommendations for change.

The report recognises that the Black & Green agenda remains as relevant and urgent as ever, with a need to continue working towards an environmental movement that is inclusive and representative of all communities. It celebrates many of the positive impacts created by the project in its efforts to connect, empower and celebrate diverse leadership and community action on environmental issues in Bristol and beyond.

The report also highlights the challenges that arose in doing this important work and the need to acknowledge these issues in order to address them moving forward and inform and influence the work of others.

The report was published on 5 October 2023 and is now available to download, in addition to a radio broadcast and accompanying video.

“It’s the Black and Green Project that has raised my awareness of environmental issues. I am sure the work over the past three years and the report will ensure that these issues are prioritised and continue. Ujima is proud to have worked with Bristol Green Capital Partnership. Well done to all the participants and thanks to the funders for believing in this partnership.”

Madu Ellis, Director at Ujima Radio

“We want to thank our colleagues Gnisha Bevan and Ian Solomon Kawall and their team for their fantastic work in creating this report, our partners Ujima Radio, and to all those individuals who participated in the reports development. The programme has been an amazing journey to be a part of and we are so proud of all that has been achieved by the Ambassadors. There has been a huge amount of learning for us as an organisation along the way and this report is so valuable for our continued reflection and action. We hope it proves to be as useful to other organisations and communities.”

Vicki Woolley, Interim CEO at Bristol Green Capital Partnership

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Image of cover of Black & Green Insight Report