Pop Up Market, Discussion and Acoustic evening - Saturday 23rd September 2017

Inspirational YOU, The Village, weareunEdited and Motherhood Reconstructed


 The Village Pop Up Market and festival

Saturday 23rd September 2017

2.00pm – 9.00pm


Join independent makers and designers who are selling:

Clothing | Jewellery | Accessories | Arts | Natural skincare and beauty | Homeware | Books

Music on rotation by

Ace of Jacks


Our pop up shop is an opportunity for you to purchase high quality goods from independent brands.

Pop Up Shop Traders include:

  • Nature’s Gift Products – Hand made skin care stuff; creams, soaps, hand creams and hand made bags
  • FunkyNChunky – Handmade African print bags, statement jewellery, Head wraps and purses
  • AyoJoy - Handmade African print upholstered furniture
  • Jamaica Deli - Cold pressed sugar cane juice, jerk chicken and healthy vegetarian wraps 

Throughout the day enjoy fresh refreshments, the best in local art, craft and clothing stalls, books, children’s activities, face-painting, live music, and discussions.


2.30pm - Natural hair and self care 

Inspirational YOU proudly present the third instalment of their natural hair and well-being series. 

For black women across the diaspora, the choice of how one wears their hair is at times more than simply a personal choice. Often, it’s rife with social and political implications that can have a profound impact on all aspects of one’s life.

This series is a forum for all to come together and discuss the beauty and visibility of natural hair.  The Black hair care industry is worth £88 million and as utilising the rise of social influencers to reach a new audience. 

This panel of industry influencers will discuss hair maintenance, wellbeing, hair stories, style options, professional experiences and reflections on the importance of self care in an inclusive and lively environment. 

Lance Lowe - @UndergroundHairdresser - Salon based in Notting Hill

Vicki Igbokwe - Creative Director of Uchenna Dance 

Jahdusha - Co-Editor of Natural Hair Weekly

4.00pm - Bend so you don't break (mental health & wellbeing discussion) 

Wellbeing and mental health is a concern for everyone, regardless of race, status, class, and power.  There are many positive steps being taking by businesses and local communities to break down the stigma and silence around mental health, but more needs to be done

Kelechi Okafor - Actress and Founder of Kelechnekoff Fitness Studio

Lisa Bent - Counsellor, Commentator & Founder of Self-Central

Tevin Vassell - Poet and Presenter 

7.00pm - Live Acoustic Show (Booking required)

In the evening we have a live acoustic showcase 

Mr. Working @officialjr100 

Valentina @Valentinamusic_ 

Poetic Impact @Poetic_impact 

Janaishia Wade @theangelsings 

SJ Soulist - @sjsoulist 

Ella CR 

Come and hear about The Village CIC and their plans for this new community space.

More info:

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Call: 07772 527 813 / 07545 156 111




Apply to join the Advisory Board of our new Saturday School - Inspire YOUth Academy

Do you want to give back and support future leaders?

Inspirational YOU are launching a Saturday School in South West London, Clapham and are seeking Board Advisors, mentors and teachers to support them and make the school a success.

How do I get involved?

We are taking applications via an online form and are seeking your input from the get go.

What’s involved?

Please register your interest in the roles available by using the form here, and tell us about yourself and why you want to join our team. 

Why apply?

  • This is an opportunity to support young people 
  • A great way to empower young people
  • A unique opportunity to provide students with the skills needed to succeed
  • Pay it forward and educate others

By participating, you will be opening doors to those from diverse and often challenging backgrounds.  You will help them to gain confidence and assist them with careers in competitive industries.

This is a great opportunity to give back, gain skills and empower others.  It is HUGELY rewarding!

Apply before the 31st January 2017.


Sonia Meggie wins Positive Role Model Award at the National Diversity Awards 2014


Sonia Meggie Honoured at National Diversity Awards


Big Brother star Brian Dowling and CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell returned to host the UK's Largest Diversity Awards, celebrating Community Heroes for their commitment to inclusion.

ROLE MODELS and charities were honoured nationwide at Friday's ceremony at The Hurlingham Club, London, rewarding Britain's most inspirational people for their fight against inequality.

Microsoft were just one of the brands supporting a skyfall of diversity talent – positive role models, community organisations and businesses from the LGBT, ethnic minority, age, gender, religion and disability communities.

Over 21,000 nominations and votes were received this year paying tribute to those from under-represented backgrounds who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the equality agenda.

Founder of Inspirational YOU,  Sonia Meggie, beat four others in the running for the Positive Role Model Award for Race, Faith & Religion.

Sonia's London based social enterprise launched in March 2010 with a mission to connect, inspire and empower young people, women and black and Asian professionals.


Sonia has been featured in the Powerlist 2013, which profiles the most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage in the United Kingdom, and is listed on Blackenterprise.com as one of London’s most powerful black women.


Sonia's story was shared with the room, and will be broadcast later this year on the Community Channel.

The one-of-a-kind ceremony kicked off with an inspirational speech from Human Rights Activist Peter Tatchell, followed by the 'The Last Leg' stars Adam Hills and Alex Brooker presenting the positive role model award for disability to Sarah Chapman.

Another highlight of the evening came when Stephen Sutton was honoured with a Special Recognition Award, which was collected by his older brother Chris Sutton.  There was not a dry eye in the house as guests were reminded of Stephen's courageous efforts for raising over £4 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust .

After decades of supporting disabled children through her organisation the Touch Trust, Dilys Price OBE was awarded the lifetime achiever award by Paralympic medallist Ade Adepitan.

The night featured stellar performances from Liverpool boy band MiC LOWRY, and singing sensation Lemar.

The prestigious black-tie event has attracted a growing list of top employers including Microsoft, Lloyds Banking Group, Transport for London, PWC, Sky, MI5, The Open University, Financial Ombudsman Service, ThoughtWorks, Mouchel and Penna.

To view the full list of winners please visit: http://www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/2014-winners/