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Jude Habib

Jude Habib is crowdfunding



£11,021raised of £30,000 target by 148 supporters

Weʼre raising £30,000 to create a network of media savvy storytellers led by people with direct experience of some of the biggest issues facing our society today.

London, UK

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“We need to re-balance the content of our newspapers, TV, radio and social media. This is an ambitious initiative to start tilting stories in the right direction – and I’m supporting it!” Julie Pybus

I've been crowdfunding to set up a network of media confident spokespeople with real experience of pressing social issues facing UK society today. My campaign is over but you can still donate. I reached 36% of our target and although short of my ambitious goal this wasn't an all or nothing campaign. I felt that I could get started with what we had, developing our programme of bespoke training, media mentoring and connections our participants need to get their voices and ideas heard.

My fundraising for the network continues albeit a bit more quietly. The campaign has opened doors and we are waiting to hear from funders who might match fund the donations to date. So if you want to support a programme that aims to create a more diverse media which reflects the views and ideas of a wider cross section of society. you can get involved by donating and helping to realise the ambition of this project.

There are many issues facing society in the UK today.

If we turn on the news, open a newspaper, look online we are constantly reminded of these problems. However, more often than not, we aren’t hearing about them from the experts who have experienced them. There are thousands of people in our communities with first-hand experience of the issues around us who are full of insights and ideas for solutions to create lasting change.

But are they being listened to? Are their voices being heard?

The Network:

After 25 years of working with people with these lived experiences, we have identified the elements holding them back from media attention. We have listened to their concerns and are creating this pilot programme to help ensure they are trained and supported to get the coverage they deserve and to give them a platform they might not usually have. Our programme will be free for participants to break down further barriers that they might face. I'm inviting you to help realise this vision and to support their journeys. As part of our community you will have a real hand in ensuring our network of diverse voices are central to the national conversation.

Our 6 month pilot programme will include online and face to face support from expert storytellers and media professionals, training workshops, one-to-one mentoring for all participants and meet-ups with journalists and media professionals.

By supporting this crowdfunder you will help to:

>Develop their skills and digital know-how:

An expert team of storytellers and media trainers from diverse backgrounds will help the group develop their skills. We’ll deliver a programme of bespoke media and communications workshops and support. Being able to present in public, engage with and talk journalists and media professionals, participate in conversations online, write blogs, create vlogs will all be part of the development plan for our expert storytellers.

>Connect them to others:

We have fantastic and supportive Being the Story members who want to share their skills and energy with the cohort. We believe that mentors are key to creating the right environment for the members to support each other as well as bringing in additional voices from the world of media and journalism as a sounding board.

>Improve representation and diversity of voice

We create connections to the media and journalists, influencers and policy makers. This programme will make sure that our network is visible and at the centre of conversations.

>Build the confidence in our storytellers:

As well as being there to build our storytelling changemakers' skills, we provide valuable soft-skills and pastoral care so that our members grow in confidence. Ready to become the members and influencers of tomorrow.

Behind this Network

Jude Habib, Founder of sounddelivery

Jude has spent 20+ years working to ensure that the voices of people who might be considered invisible or marginalised are heard and giving them a platform for their ideas. From her early career as a BBC producer and reporter and now through her organisation sounddelivery she has worked to put a spotlight on issues that may go unreported or misreported in the media or stigmatised by the public or not listened to by politicians or commissioners of services. She’s done this by collaborating with people and communities who have direct experience of the issues and supporting them to share their stories and insights to have maximum impact.

Thank you so much for supporting us and those we are creating the network for.

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  • Jude Habib1 month ago
    Jude Habib

    Jude Habib

    1 month ago

    In the run up to the long weekend I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to our crowdfunder this week & over the last few months. We've raised £10, 560 from 131 supporters. This week I've spoken to someone about another match funding opportunity. Fingers crossed. I've also been speaking to some media professionals including radio journalists & documentary makers about being mentors. Everyone has said yes! The crowdfunder closes on the 31st May. Please do share this project with your networks & continue to support it. Jude x

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  • Jude Habib2 months ago
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    Jude Habib

    2 months ago

    Thanks to everyone who has donated to and supported the crowdfunder. 128 donors to date. We're recruiting for the network at the moment & having conversations with people who want to support it more widely. An award-winning documentary maker has agreed to mentor on the programme too. We also have a funder who is looking at a proposal - fingers crosssed I'll have more positive news to share with you. The crowdfunder will continue until the end of May. This video highlights why it matters. Thanks Jude

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  • Jude Habib3 months ago
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    Jude Habib

    3 months ago

    The mission behind our crowdfunder is to give a platform to leaders with direct experience of our big social issues. They tell us they're not being listened to and don't feel they're expertise is being represented. So I'm excited to announce that we'll be inviting people from our spokespersons network to be part of the Byline Festival an International carnival of free speech & independent media. Without your support for our crowdfunder we wouldn't have been able to make this happen. Please do keep sharing with your networks.

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  • Anonymous


    Jun 1, 2019

    So glad you've set this up Jude. If anyone can do this, you can. Good luck! X


  • O Rauf

    O Rauf

    May 31, 2019

    Keep going Jude. This movement is epic. Xxx


  • Melissa Smith

    Melissa Smith

    May 31, 2019

    Wishing you success!


  • Susan Black & Angus Robertson

    Susan Black & Angus Robertson

    May 31, 2019

    Go Jude!


  • David McGlashan

    David McGlashan

    May 30, 2019


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    May 30, 2019

  • Matthew Sherrington

    Matthew Sherrington

    May 30, 2019

    Great project, enabling people to tell their own stories.


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Jude Habib

Jude Habib

London, UK

Hello I'm Jude a BBC trained reporter/producer with over 20 years’ experience of unearthing stories that need to be told. I'm passionate about supporting people with lived experience of big social issues to be their own spokespeople. This crowdfunder aims to realise that.

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