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A sanctuary and saviour: celebrating the internationally renowned charity the Bromley by Bow Centre

In this special extended episode, my guests Alison, Jolanda, Khadeja and I spoke about working at this inspiring and internationally renowned charity. We also discussed:

  • what it is like to work in one of the most socio-economically deprived boroughs in the UK
  • how to utilise opportunities in the current climate
  • the charity’s pioneering ‘community referral’ (a.k.a ‘social prescribing’) scheme
  • combating isolation, mental health, and fostering better community integration
  • the generosity of current funders
  • how to transition into working in the 3rd sector

and celebrated the charity’s birthday and some charity fundraising endeavours and  success stories.

Speaker bios:


Alison joined the Bromley by Bow centre for two and a half years ago after making a career change from menswear fashion design.  As a designer, clothes maker, cook and events organiser, Ali realised that she had useful skills, experience and a passion to support and encourage others. The move to the centre was an easy decision and it soon became a like a second home and family.

Since working at the centre, Alison has coordinated and delivered the health champion course and level 2 qualification, cooking and sewing lessons and two community feasts.  In March 2020, she took on her current role as an active and wellbeing coordinator in which she partnered up with ELFT to deliver online exercise classes for people experiencing poor mental health.


Jolanda is an Active Together Coordinator at the BBBC; for the last five years she has worked at the centre in different roles such as a healthy weight nutritionist and community development worker. She is passionate about health promotion and community connection and is currently studying a Public Health Master’s degree. Her hobbies include experimenting with food and exercising in nature.


Khadeja works as a project manager at Bromley by Bow centre having joined just under 12 years ago. Khadeja’s work is based around community development with a wide range of group of people, focusing on wellbeing, loneliness and isolation.

Her passion is working with the local community to better their wellbeing and develop their skills and by working with them in a co-production manner, listening to people’s voices providing them to have a platform to connect with others to better their health and wellbeing through socially connecting to the wider community.