October 2015.  Regional Youth Work Unit, Yorkshire and Humber in Partnership with University of Hull “Countering the Myths of Radicalization”

Empowering Minds, Director Sofia Mahmood was a Key Note Speaker- opening the event amongst a panel of senior management staff members across Yorkshire and Humberside.  The Conference collaborated with organizations Youth Work Unit of Yorkshire and Humber and the University of Hull Youth Work and Community Development team to counter the Myths of Radicalization and negativity attached to Prevent. This supported and guided all attendees see where the necessary work needs to be done, share practice and best ways of working to tackle a controversial subject within society.

Empowering Minds delivered training and project management toolkits so attendees could have resources to use when they returned to their respective work places.

Empowering Minds shared best practice at the Conference and updated panellists and audience members on the recent changes made to the Prevent Strategy.  This included engaging discussions on work that needs to be done in the areas of extremism, radicalism, racism and the current European immigration movement


“Informative and engaging. Allowed good networking opportunities.”

“Sofia was interesting, honest and gave me things to think about long after the conference.”

“Sofia spoke about not accepting what we are being told and challenging things we don’t agree with.”

“Really great at engaging everybody within the room. Information on what, when and why, was great and very clear. Enthusiastic approach.”

“Engaging presentation. Dealt with what could have potentially been a controversial topic well, without shying away from problematic areas.”

“Sofia was amazing and it is refreshing seeing a woman who has power and working hard on this agenda.”

“Such a refreshing approach to a problem. Inclusive and understanding.”

“Inspirational. Clearly experienced in Prevent.”