Inspirational Women: Personal Narratives | Kindle edition 


In the decade 2015-2024, which UNESCO declared the International Decade of People of African Descent, African Voices Forum, whose aim is to empower and support the development of people of African descent, takes the opportunity to recognise the incredible achievements of these women. This publication captures their stories, written in their own words; it goes through their journeys reflecting on where they started, the challenges and opportunities that they have experienced along their journeys, and their aspirations for future generations. The aim of this book is to celebrate these women and also to raise them above the mantelpiece; to recognise the diversity and breadth of their backgrounds in personal, professional and other respects. Most importantly African Voices Forum recognises that these women are role models in our society, who young black women in Bristol can look up to.


This project aims to foster Energy Champions from the BME Community in Bristol in recognition of Bristol European Green Capital City Award 2015. AVF has received funding from Bristol 2015 to work collaboratively with Bristol Energy Network in fighting against Fuel Poverty by fostering BME Energy Champions. This volunteers will receive support and training on energy efficiency and cascade this down to their communities. If you would like to be an Energy Champion please get in touch with us and we will provide you with more information.




The Conference held in April was held in the context of the basic human right principle of education and health for all to achieve the following three main objectives:

1)       Consciousness: raising awareness among people of African descent, other ethnic minorities and Bristol community as a whole of the implications of mental health issues;

2)       Empowerment: Using education to empower people of disadvantaged African descent and other communities in the context of community-based development work or participatory action research (PAR);

3)       Community Cohesion: Using education and social networking through consultative workshops and film to promote cooperation and collaboration among diverse communities of people of African descent and other ethnic minorities and locals as a way of overcoming misunderstandings;


Fostering Capable Young BME Leaders

African Voices Forum holds an Annual Conference every year based on community participation themes. The conference this year took place on the 11th June 2011 at the Council House. This was a whole day event under the theme-Engaging Youth Participation within the Community and Encouraging Positive Role Models for BME Young People.

It aimed to bridge the gap and work as a catalyst between BME young people aged 11-25 and decision makers and key stakeholders to encourage dialogue, consultation and influence strategies and policies, thereby providing an opportunity for meaningful engagement in local democracy for these BME young people in Bristol. It contributed towards a city wide project that aims to develop & support a core group of BME young people, responsible for the planning, organisation & delivery of a minimum of 4 consultative events & information workshops targeting 60-100 young people. The main objective of the conference was to:-

  1.  Dis-entangle the barriers to participation for BME young people.
  2. Explore under-representation.
  3. Role of Schools & BME Positive Role Models



The overall aim is to promote a balanced view about Africa by dispelling negative views and myths and raising awareness of positive aspects of the people of Africa through knowledge of the continent’s History, Culture and Arts.

The project was designed to be implemented in 3 months (February to April 2009) and the tasks include:

  1. Identifying and confirming host school participation
  2. Developing a resource pack/manual for use by volunteer teachers to delivery the workshops
  3. Scheduling and delivering workshops/lessons to Key Stage 3 pupils


African Voices Forum organised a community camping trip in partnership with Tetina Foundation Trust from the 10-12th August 2012 at St Magdalene Educational centre based in Somerset. The camping trip was organised for a capacity of 86 participants and places were allocated to the AVF membership[1].

A programme of activities[2] was drawn up from the start to the finish. Responsibility for the various functions was shared out within the steering group. The total number of people who registered was 82 and 70 participated is split below:-

The feedback[3] from all the activities was compiled by the young people who participated in the camping trip.

The aims of the trip were to:-

  • Build up capacity within the member organisations and groups.
  • Reduce isolation and social exclusion among black communities, by bringing people together to enjoy the summer period
  • Enable collaborative working between communities


Afrifest Logo

Afrifest is an African themed festival that is organised in recognition of black history month. It aims to recognise, display and share diverse African and Caribbean history and cultures as part of this year’s Black History Month commemoration – in very diverse communities. In 2013 it was held over two days at 2 sites, in Westbury on Trym (Westbury Methodist Church) and St Paul’s (Malcolm X Hall) on 4th and 5th October 2013, respectively. The main theme was “BRIDGING THE GAP- STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES” – the theme was also recognizing the contribution of Two Leaders who have been instrumental in the Civil Liberties in the world Nelson Mandela and Marcus Garvey on the 50th Anniversary of the Famous Martin Luther Speech – I HAVE A DREAM.

Afrifest 2014 returns – scheduled to take place over two days at 2 sites – Watershed on 8th November and St Paul’s (Malcolm X Hall) on 4th October 2014, respectively. The theme in 2014 is “integrating Communities –” A tribute to African Soldiers” following the recent commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War 1 – 1914-1918”.


WW1 – An African Perspective

This project aims to recreate the African History of the Contribution of Black Soldiers to WW1. People of African descent contributed as colonies to the Great War however this is not recognised. 100 years later AVF wants to start to recreate the history of those who were involved in the war – from the shores of Jamaica to the African Plains. We go on a journey to find out what their experiences were and talk to present day Black soldiers to see how this has changed.

[1] Appendix 1

[2] Appendix 2

[3] Appendix 4