Capacity Building: The Power of Lived Experience

Join Body & Mindset Coach and Social Entrepreneur, Marissa McCallam, for this practical workshop on how to uncover the true value of your lived experience. It’s vitally important that we arm our local communities with the tools and expertise to help them develop their own socially conscious projects. The Foundation for Future London Capacity Building Programme aims to provide a platform for knowledge sharing and offer networking and partnership opportunities. The programme is designed with an inclusive approach, representing participants’ feedback. The programme will champion inclusivity and wellbeing throughout.

About the session

In this session, we will explore how valuing your lived experience can support you and increase the impact you want to create in your community.

You’ll learn:

  • How lived experience can bring credibility to your projects and support network building
  • The importance of owning your experience
  • How to identify the value of your lived experience
  • The best way to share your story authentically with different audiences (e.g. Funders.)
  • How to maintain healthy boundaries when telling your story
  • What it means to be a ‘Lived Experience Leader’

What else do you need to know?

When: Wednesday 11th May 2022, 6pm – 8pm

Where: Zoom (Link to be emailed to you prior to the event)

This event is free and open to individuals, organisations and businesses working and living across the local communities in the London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Please register your place and we will send you details about how to participate closer to the time. Places will be made available on a first come, first served basis.


About your Host

Marissa McCallam is a Body & Mindset Coach, Social Entrepreneur and Podcaster. She believes that by connecting with our bodies and using simple tools to change our mindset, it’s possible to lead a consistently calmer and happier life – a philosophy which helped her overcome 15 years of depression and anxiety.

As well as passion for Self-Development, her experience as a Performer and love for physical activity have made her a firm advocate for the benefits of body-connection and its link to mental well-being. Since 2016, she has run the platform Centre Myself which takes a fun and holistic approach towards increasing confidence and self-worth in Young People. In 2018, she was invited onto the School for Social Entrepreneurs Fellowship programme to develop the platform.

Prior to becoming a Coach, she had over 10 years of experience in the Corporate sector both nationally and internationally, with roles including new business development, training and project management.

Marissa now helps Performers and Entrepreneurs discover what they want, decide how to go for it and feel like they deserve it.

About the Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund

In 2020, Foundation for Future London, through funding from Westfield Stratford City, created the Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund – an ambitious five-year programme that aims to invest £10 million into the local communities of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest. The Fund aims to support local organisations and individuals to create new jobs, learning, training, and educational programmes through the means of arts, culture, innovation, public realm and creative placemaking. The Fund aims to transform and catalyse the lives and careers of people across east London by putting funding, resources and support straight into local people’s hands.

Year 2 of the Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund has now opened. With the generous donation from Westfield Stratford City, Year 2 of the fund will continue to provide new jobs, learning, training and educational programmes through the means of arts, culture, innovation, public realm and creative placemaking

This year we are hosting, in partnership with Lisa Stepanovic, a series of capacity building events, starting with pre-application workshops, as part of a 12-month Capacity Building Programme.

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