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Meet our Inclusive Change Advisory Group who give power to the voices of all of our beneficiaries and take proactive steps to ensure CoppaFeel! better reach, represent, amplify and support their needs. We are grateful for their honesty, bravery and expertise in guiding our work to create a more equitable future for our charity and the beneficiaries we serve.
Raye is the co-founder of Public Ambition leading on their global operations and client relations. Raye has worked on digital campaigns for some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical brands and is now an expert at strategy development and project delivery. Graduating from Imperial College London with an Immunology Masters has contributed to Raye’s logical thinking, curiosity and results driven attributes. She joined the ICAG because her mission is to support people and projects that impact and drive social progression.
Alex first got involved with CoppaFeel! at uni on a project to help them adapt the charity to the challenges of COVID. Having had much family experience with breast cancer and cancer in general, he has always supported cancer awareness charities and decided that joining the ICAG would be a great chance to continue doing his part to raise awareness while also supporting the charity to ensure that their output is more inclusive & equitable!
Sabrina believes that being a part of ICAG is a great opportunity to make sure CoppaFeel!’s message reaches a variety of people and that our work is accessible and relatable to all. She hopes that the ICAF can help give more people the confidence to know their body, to know when something isn’t right and to speak to healthcare professionals about getting help. Sabrina’s involvement in ICAG is to ensure that everyone is able to interact with CoppaFeel! and find a story or programme which resonates with them and helps them to look out for their health!
Dr Punam is a GP and comes from an Indian background. She serves a patient population of 12,000 South Asians in Scotland and feels – from the dual perspectives of a doctor and BAME woman – that the messages of breast awareness are not reaching these communities. As a trilingual woman from a South Asian background, she hopes to be able to impart insights and cultural aspects that prevent women from checking and seeking help as well as use her platform to empower people to be more breast aware.
Merryn has been aware of the work CoppaFeel! does since university and felt driven to get involved with the ICAG. As a wheelchair user she is all too familiar with seeing disabled people forgotten about and left out of discussions around D+I and personally understands how powerful it can be to see someone that looks like you, or who has had similar experiences to you being represented in an authentic way. She is also acutely aware, as a disabled woman, of the challenges there can be in accessing health services so is keen to help make sure the good word of boob checking is accessible to all!
Sikemi strongly believes in CoppaFeel!’s life-saving message and knows that therefore we cannot afford for any one to feel like the message is not for them. As a Black woman, she know how it feels to be excluded from messages, spaces and conversations, and no one deserves to feel that way, particularly with a message that encourages us to CoppaFeel!. Inclusion and representation is important because everyone deserves to be seen, and she is happy to help CoppaFeel! ensure they are as inclusive as possible in their journey of sharing their message in the bubbliest way they know how.
As someone who is profoundly deaf, Laura regularly experience barriers in everyday life. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion particularly for those with a disability as there is often a serious lack of representation of those with a disability. Using her lived experiences of being deaf and her knowledge of working in the charity sector, she is delighted to be able to help contribute and shape inclusion at CoppaFeel!
We recognise that at CoppaFeel! certain groups have been historically underrepresented and left out of the conversation, meaning they need and deserve our support now more than ever. In order to achieve this we need to take action and responsibility for a more inclusive and just future. To read more about our commitment to sustainable, equitable change or to offer any insight please follow the links below.