About us

OUR COMPANY

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WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE

  • We tackle issues that are highly controversial, including: radicalisation, grooming and identity;
  • Our services are tailored to every organisation and audience we work with;
  • We’re always freshening our approach and updating our resources to stay ahead of emerging trends in the sector; and
  • Our work can be both local and national, offering significant flexibility

OUR USP

Empowering Minds is a consultancy established by Sofia Mahmood in 2015.  Sofia Mahmood had worked in the Third sector covering Education, Youth, Local and National authority and Government bodies for over 15 years.  She had grown to understand the areas that were strong and the areas that required improvement.  Her knowledge, experience and expertise in this field gave her the tools to open Empowering Minds Consultancy.

OUR STRANDS OF WORK

Citizenship

Engaging mainstream and supplementary schools promoting interfaith dialogue, safe space discussions, mutual respect, British Values and personal responsibilities.

Diversity and Cohesion

Developing tailored integration and intergenerational programmes connecting diverse cultures, identities and communities of interest.

Research and Evaluation

Designing and facilitating research programmes and undertaking evaluations.

Training and Development

Creating bespoke training packages, tool kits and good practice guides for a broad spectrum of audiences including teaching professionals, social workers, youth work staff and other interested parties.

Safeguarding

Specialist in establishing educational resource packs for academic providers, local authorities, Police Forces, faith centres, third sector and other stakeholders covering topics ranging from Prevent, Child Sexual Exploitation, Domestic violence, Forced marriages, Safe relationships and E-safety.

BIO INFO ON

SOFIA MAHMOOD

Sofia Mahmood BA Hons

Director for Empowering Minds Consultancy
Email: sofia@empoweringminds.co.uk

Sofia was born in Lancashire but raised and educated in Bradford specializing in (BA Hons) Applied Criminal Justice Studies and has over 18 years’ experience working across the public, private, faith, voluntary, education and health sectors. Sofia has been a catalyst in raising awareness, campaigning and developing innovative approaches and strategies around the themes of Education, Social cohesion, integration, safeguarding, young people, women and the Prevent Strategy locally and nationally.

Over the years Sofia has been called upon to speak at public conferences local and national institutes. She has been a voice for communities across the country- addressing and challenges around Racism, Identify and Cohesion, Gender violence and the ideologies and misconceptions attached to these. Her drive and passion shines bright as she works intensively to make a difference locally and nationally. She has been at the forefront of devising models of engagement for faith base institutes, schools, community groups, statuary sector and private sector.

She has also held the role of Secretary for the Shanaz Network, a national Prevent engagement initiative aimed at women and has designed engagement program for a broad range of audiences. Sofia is an experienced professional and spe0cializes in Community engagement, safer communities, citizenship and identity, child sexual exploitation, engagement with young men/women, Prevent, communities, families, practitioners. She has delivered tailor made training courses for Prevent Engagement Officers for various Police Forces on how to engage with women and Muslim communities, Anti-racism strategy’s and policy development. Sofia has worked closely with a number of services such as National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), where she has developed resource tools for practitioners around preventing violent extremism, community engagement and tackling radicalizations.

Recently, Sofia has engaged in several media interviews across the UK to highlight key messages on Gender Violence, Safeguarding, Hate Crime, islamophobia, women engagement in tackling Prevent through grass root level engagement.

Interviews have included the Security Minister, MP’s, senior Police Officers, representatives from BBC departments, Radio 5, BBC Asian Network as well as Directors from a range of services. Sofia has been a key speaker at local and national events empowering men and women to challenge and eradicate key issues from communities e.g. CSE, all forms of extremism and racism.
Sofia is passionate about Safeguarding and Education, creating opportunities and making a difference. providing a platform for young women to enhance and develop their education further a specialist career. Engage, Educate and Inspire young females to know their worth and value. She is enthusiastic about alternative education as well as main stream education young females require to be mentored by women who will support them through their journey of life and education.

Her knowledge, experience and expertise in this field gave her the tools to open Empowering Minds Consultancy.

EMPOWERING MINDS

COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES

IT'S SIMPLE

Empowering Minds: a consultancy offering a wide range of services, tailor-made for professionals working in local authorities, charities, and Third Sector organisations.

We have a simple purpose: to help organisations and individuals turn the theory of their work into practice. We do this in a variety of ways, including workshops, training, and project management; designed to engageeducate and inspire.

A simple belief underpins all our work: if Knowledge is the key, Mind is the lock.

Below is some further detail of how Empowering Minds may be able to help you in the vital work you do; addressing some of the biggest challenges facing communities across Britain.

BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH US

  • We support in raising issues to the top of local and national agendas
  • We have a record of proven techniques and effective delivery
  • We can help develop leadership skills
  • We are a trusted and valued partner – just look at some of our testimonials!
  • We are respected by the community, and will work hard to ensure you are and continue to be as well
  • We have excellent knowledge of the industry
  • We can raise awareness of your vital work

WHAT WE DO

  • We tackle issues that are highly controversial, including: radicalisation, grooming and identity;
  • Our services are tailored to every organisation and audience we work with;
  • We’re always freshening our approach and updating our resources to stay ahead of emerging trends in the sector; and
  • Our work can be both local and national, offering significant flexibility

SERVICES WE OFFER

  • Lectures

  • Workshops

  • Training

  • Events

  • Conferences and Conference Support

  • Project Management Consultations

“A closed mind has no space for Knowledge. The mind is a powerful tool and can never be unlocked without the right education, where that knowledge comes from is down to what individuals are exposed to. it can enslave us or empower us. Ideologies and misconceptions can create an animosity which can only be cleared with education and sharing practise. You cannot unlock the mind without the right knowledge hence knowledge is the key, mind is the lock. Knowledge empowers you as knowledge is the life of the mind.

If Knowledge is the key, Mind is the lock.”