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Community Impact Collective

Six people sat on chairs in a circle watch as one man who is standing with a microphone leads the discussion

 A pilot programme created as a peer-learning space for local organisations and freelancers to come together to develop their practise and support the communities they work with in the City of London.

Over the years our team have engaged with lots of people in the local area, working in ways to enter into meaningful dialogue and build strong relationships with them.  

We set up the Community Impact Collective to connect the wealth of collective expertise that we have seen exists in the local area and because we know can function better as a community when we work together in an equitable way where everyone’s contribution is valued.  

We’re excited that we’re continuing the CIC in 2023, with a second programme of learning developed in collaboration with new and returning members.  


The programme consisted of 6 workshops across April – June 2022 delving into broad conversations around topics like Power, Anti-racism, Sustainability and Access and contextualising them more specifically for the City of London.  

We also offered: 

  • 1 to 1 support for cohort members 
  • A chance to co-design sessions with the Programme Producer 
  • £500 to each of the cohort members at the end of the programme for them to continue their work with communities. 

2022 Cohort

  • Madhumita Bose - Local artist and facilitator from Forget Me Not Charity.  
  • Jo Chard - Community Arts and Festival Producer based at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama  
  • Victoria Davenport-Smith - Engagement Manager, Museum of London.  
  • Shannon Ghannam - Global Education Director, Magnum Photo’s Foundation. Shannon is currently developing the Magnum Photos Foundation with the remit of amplifying the social impact of the use of photography and visual storytelling in the community, whether through education or cultural initiatives.  
  • Marissa Mireles Hinds - Director/ Producer/ Community Organiser/ Writer - Co-founder of Babes in Development, an incubator for black women  
  • Bablu Miah - Head and Founder of Trapped In The Zone One  
  • Sebastian O’Driscoll - Senior Innovation Officer, British Red Cross, leader of a project called Leaps and Grounds. A speciality coffee social enterprise supporting refugee women to take steps towards their dream careers.  
  • Harshita Patel - Parent, Carer, Specialist SEND Consultant, Chair of the City of London SEND Board