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raised of £10,000 target by 73 supporters

Weʼre raising £10,000 to support Bristol’s ground-breaking new Black and Green Ambassadors programme

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Backing new voices to create systemic change in Bristol’s green sector

I’m proud of Bristol’s green credentials. But the city’s green sector lacks diversity and it particularly fails to include and embrace the voices and concerns of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

As a result, Bristol’s green sector cannot speak for the whole city and cannot reflect and act in the interests of the whole city. This makes the sector less effective than it needs to be to deliver the city’s ambitious sustainability goals.

I want this to change. That’s why I’m donating to the new Black and Green Ambassadors programme for Bristol. And it’s why I’ve set up this page so that others can contribute.

The programme, being run jointly by Ujima Radio CIC and Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC, scales up significantly a truly inspiring pilot programme which started in 2016.

I’ve seen the transformative power of this programme for myself, both for the people involved and the organisations they engage with. I was lucky enough a year ago to witness this powerful testimony and call to action from one of the two ambassadors from that pilot.

Starting in September this year, the new programme will recruit, mentor and support nine emerging leaders – the Black and Green Ambassadors. Over three years, they will work between diverse communities, businesses, organisations and individuals on issues of environmental sustainability, equality, diversity and inclusion. If it’s half as good as the pilot programme, Black and Green Ambassadors will create genuine, lasting, systemic change.

The programme has secured core funding from the National Lottery but it still needs to raise another £30-40,000 if it is going to realise its full potential and be unconstrained by money worries.

There are lots of ways that money could be raised. But I wanted to play my part by making a donation to what I know is an important and transformative programme. And by encouraging others to do the same.

I’m doing this off my own back – this is not official fundraising by Ujima Radio or Bristol Green Capital Partnership. I have liaised with them to ensure any money raised goes direct to project’s bank account where it will be reserved for the Black and Green Ambassadors Programme and under their control.

Please donate what you can. Any amount, however small, will help. Together we can help transform Bristol.

Thank you

Simon Roberts

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  • Simon Roberts2 months ago
    Simon Roberts

    Simon Roberts

    2 months ago

    40% there in 10 days! Thank you so much for your donations. Please do share this page with people you know who might join in. Ujima Radio & Bristol Green Capital Partnership have sent a message to share with you. "We wish to express a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the Black & Green Ambassadors for Bristol programme through this Just Giving campaign. Your support will make a big difference, and we are very excited for three new Ambassadors to start in post and for this next ambitious phase of the programme to get underway."

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  • Gordon Pearson

    Gordon Pearson

    Dec 2, 2020


  • Jen Oaten (HL)

    Jen Oaten (HL)

    Dec 2, 2020

    Proud to support such an inspiring and powerful project.


  • Kai Karim

    Kai Karim

    Nov 30, 2020

    Thought provoking and illuminating discussions this evening. Well done and congratulations to the three ambassadors


  • Anonymous


    Nov 30, 2020

    Such an inspiring project. Good luck to the new ambassadors.


  • Rob Acton-Campbell

    Rob Acton-Campbell

    Nov 30, 2020

    Inspired by tonight's great launch show


  • Mandy Leivers

    Mandy Leivers

    Nov 30, 2020

    A fantastic, inspiring programme!


  • R Scott

    R Scott

    Nov 30, 2020

    Thanks to everyone involved in getting this project off the ground, destined for great things!

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I've been involved in Bristol's green sector for 35 years and for the last 18 years have been Chief Executive of a leading sustainable energy charity. The sector needs to change to reflect and represent the whole city.

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