Testimonials

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

TESTIMONIALS

Empowering Mothers Against Radicalisation and Grooming Programme was an inspirational programme for all our Mothers who attended. Our mothers now have the confidence to tackle difficult conversations with their children using the skills and knowledge they have learned throughout the 4 weeks. Our Mothers speak highly of the programme and would recommend that every mother should attend if given the opportunity. The delivery of the programme was excellent, Sofia and her team made our mothers feel relaxed and valued throughout the course. I also found the course interesting and feel I now have a wider understanding of Radicalisation and Grooming which will help me in my role as a Mentor.

Girlington Primary

Empowering Mothers against Grooming and Radicalisation

Meeting Empowering Minds opened a new opportunity to bring the Empowering Mothers against Radicalisation and Grooming programme to Keighley. The delivery style and input were done with such enthusiasm and the knowledge surrounding the subject immensely. There was a lot of information and the women attending found it informative and thought-provoking. It was also useful to reinforce the concept that having open conversations around the topic area is important to counteract how radicalization and extremism might be portrayed in the media especially when supporting families who believe it is not relevant to them being White and British. I hope that this has opened doors to enable further opportunities to work in partnership soon.

Girlington Primary

Empowering Mothers against Grooming and Radicalisation

Insightful knowledge of the governments Prevent programme and is able to engage a range of audience in an effective manner. Developed a range of citizenship programmes to present Prevent as a Safeguarding programme in an easy and understands format Challenging myths and stereotypes and able to deduce programmes that empower minds and inspire individuals.

Rizwan Rehman- Strategy and Engagement Officer

Bradford Met District Council

Informative/Interesting workshop. It was thought-provoking. Learned about different people and their ways of thinking. talking about it makes it easier. I feel like I can support my colleagues more now. I fee more knowledgeable.

Bradford College

Tap Day Training- Islamophobia Bradford College

The beginning part was very outspoken, raw yet highly relevant to today’s society. It emphasized the nature of certain individuals and exposed their behavior, which allowed the children to understand racism further. I think this session was very beneficial for the youngsters and ourselves as team leaders. It enabled ourselves to understand the definition of discrimination and would make yourself think twice before making racist remarks and making people insecure. Gives you more understanding of behavior towards others. The group really engaged with the session and helped my young people express their feelings. Definitely worth its weight in gold and would love this activity in every police summer camp.

West Yorkshire Police Summer Camp

I first met with Sofia through one of her projects, which she was delivering at my school. I personally think young people currently do not have a voice at a national or even regional level, but Sofia allowed our voices to be heard and ensured that in our minds we thought what we were saying is valued by the leaders of our country, which I think is very important. School never gave me the opportunity to speak freely and with complete control, but the workshops created and led by Sofia did. The project has now enabled me to speak freely about my concerns and opinions at a regional level and I think with her support, I could take this nationally. Her support throughout the time I have been with her has given me much needed confidence and self-belief in my ability to do many things. Her knowledge and experience and ways of engaging with young people are very inspiring.

Sroush Khan

Personal Statement

I found it interesting and enjoyed it. it makes us think hate crime does not happen but it does exist and we should be more aware of it -I think you were a good teacher and explained the topic well, I found the lesson interesting and would like to learn more about it. – The lesson made me question myself today and I was really into it. – The workshop was very interesting because you talk about and it gives the confidence to make a good impact and stand up for a victim. -Amazing, open, honest, eye-opening. -I thought the lesson was very interesting. It made me change my mind about how I see things, like if someone is experiencing hate crime. it will help them and somehow report it, I won’t let it slip away

Holte Secondry School

Hate Crime

We have worked with Empowering Minds, and more specifically with Sofia Mahmood, since October 2015 when Sofia was engaged to deliver the key-note speech and a workshop at our Annual Conference that year at the University of Hull with the theme “Countering the Myths”. Evaluation for the Empowering Minds sessions was exceedingly positive and filled with superlatives from participants expressing praise for the key-note speaker and the content of the session. The Youth Work Unit Yorkshire and Humber is a regional infrastructure organization and therefore the audience for our conference consisted of delegates from across our region and represented all levels of the sector from academics, managers, representatives from national and regional voluntary sector organizations and those engaged in direct delivery. Sofia possesses a unique combination of skills and knowledge, which we have really come to appreciate in the intervening period. These spring from her ability to work with a very wide range of organizations and individuals from a number of different and diverse professional disciplines at all levels, from those who develop high-level strategies to practitioners. Empowering Minds is frequently called on as the “Go to” organization to respond to national news developments by the media when they need an authoritative voice concerning particular issues. We continue to work in partnership with Empowering Minds and hope to for many years to come.

Patrick Ambrose- Resource Director

Youth Work Unit

I would say to any young adult who is involved in crime or isn’t that if they would like to better themselves then they should speak with Sofia. She has helped me gain confidence and has helped with gaining work. The impact she has had on me has even helped my family. It has eased their worries, that Imay gets in trouble again, but once they saw what Sofia had done for me they were extremely happy. She has helped me re-bond with them because they have seen my work which is something I have never done before.

Hassan

Personal Statement

Informative. Could have listened to Sofia for much longer. Very, very interesting. Liked the game and the definitions challenge. Engaging presentation. Dealt with what could have potentially been a controversial topic well, without shying away from problematic areas. Interactive and very informative. Sofia came across as a very approachable individual. Thanks so much, Sofia.

Youth Work and Social Services Staff

Hull University

A mindful approach to Prevent Strategy. “Excellent facilitator & interactive game, very effective and fun. Safeguarding perspective interesting, “Information presented in an easy and understandable manner – really enjoyed it” “Raised awareness and helped to challenge stereotypes” “Content was good, needed more time”

Barnardo’s Staff

Barnardo’s 11th National Black Workers and Volunteers Conference

The training gave me an insight to The level of information in regards to how radicalization can be portrayed by the media, the different manners in how media can manipulate the ideology society and those within an Islamic environment who may have a lack of understanding on how sensitive this topic is within our community. -Understanding ideas on what is already out there, how we can engage and have difficult conversations with young people and their families. -Good input into different scenarios regarding radicalization safeguarding. -I think it gave me a much clear insight into the terms of extremism and Radicalization knowing what we are looking out for, supporting families to have open conversations. -The topic breakdown was good and delivered in a structured manner which makes it easier to retain. -The way the training was delivered was not complex which made it simple and easy to understand. Many interesting and important issues/ points were raised on how to combat/ tackle issues surrounding children. Looking out for little signs – Understanding different ideologies and develop an open way of thinking. Finding out how to deal with children who may have questionable thoughts. – Thought the training was good teacher training.

Supplementary Schools

Radiclization and Ideology staff training

It was a great conference, I learned a lot of valuable information. Thought it was going to be very boring but it was very interesting. I thought it was going to be really boring but it was much better than I anticipated. Glad I attended. Very useful very empowering. A really good conference, which has made me feel more open in a way where I don’t have to be scared to express the way I portray myself. Love, really empowering.

Bradford College students

Fashion To Acceptance Conference

“Empowering Minds – This project from the outset has been an eye-opener for all the women involved. It dealt with de-mystifying the PREVENT agenda and helped mothers to understand and recognize what vulnerability looks like within their own households. Sofia used her excellent resources to full effect making the sessions interactive, interesting and thought-provoking. Mothers felt safe to ask those difficult questions and occasionally challenge. The partnership between the Police and Empowering Minds has remained strong throughout”.

West Yorkshire Police

Pc Fiz Ahmed

Fantastic delivery.. the exercise sessions were very thought to provoke.. the debates carried on into the office… Well done. Looking forward to more training in this workshop in the future.

F Khan- Assistant HR Business Partner

Tap Day Training- Islamophobia Bradford College

Thank you so much for delivering the workshop on presenting at the Black Workers Conference in Bradford last week. I attended that workshop and like the other delegates who came to it, I found it extremely informative and thought-provoking. ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’ was inspirational and great fun with a serious message. I appreciate the time that goes into organizing such presentations so again many thanks for your contribution to a successful conference.

Neera Sharma- Assistant Director, Policy and Research

Barnardo’s 11th National Black Workers and Volunteers Conference

I enjoyed the event, the students engaged well, your delivery was confident and presented well, I particularly liked the way you got down to a level they understood as males with you being a female, they showed you respect which earned you the right to lease with them. The games you brought into play seemed to go down well and at the end of it all they enjoyed the group photo, also some of the answers they gave for feedback were real positive for example “I thought I would be wasting 3 hours of my time coming here but I really enjoyed it”. I also liked some of the terminology used and enjoyed how you worded certain things above all a really enjoyable event. I hope you continue to keep empowering minds it is a great thing as the mind is a powerful thing if used right. Keep doing what you do.

Sly- Student Officer

Road 2 Riches Conference- Bradford College

A difficult subject to teach and make interactive, but the session delivered in an interactive and thought-provoking way from the staff. Young people were animated and discussing those difficult subjects intelligently. It made them consider and question. Empowering Minds handled the group calmly yet with obvious knowledge and passion for justice.

Ben Rhydding Primary

Journey to Genocide Workshop

Thank you for your session on Monday. I learned a lot and I’m sure the children did even though they were a bit noisy. They have started to create a working wall through some very deep discussions. They seem to have a lot to say and questions to raise. So well done for being so inspiring, engaging and raising the awareness of a very tender subject that has or may affect us all.

Holte Secondry School

Hate Crime

The impact the sessions and everything I learned allowed me to see a bigger picture in regards to leadership and posing as a key community member which Sofia brought to light. I totally recommend the programme to anyone especially females in the community as it allows us to expand on the key skills of voicing our opinions and allowing us to embrace what we feel like the youth.

Hafsa

Personal Statement