We’re proud of all the members at Southampton Living Well but one of them has gone above and beyond, and we thought we’d share her story with you as part of Black History Month.
Alice has been an integral part of Southampton Living Well at Padwell for eight years and she’s well-loved within our hub and the community.
She has spent most of her life helping others in Southampton and is a founding member of Black Heritage, and has tirelessly worked to bring people together, challenging practices that acted against the interests of the black community. In particular, she has always championed the interests and concerns of black women in the community.
Alice has always been a strong advocate for people from BAME backgrounds having the opportunity to play an active role in the wider community, something she began to campaign for at a time when race relations in Southampton were not as strong as they are currently.
She played a key role in the early days of the Southampton Community Relations Council where she often addressed and championed issues that impacted black women in the city, so they had a representative voice.
Alice has several awards under her belt for years of service to the black community and her dedication to Southampton’s vibrant multiculturality including a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Unity 101 Community Awards.
She was also awarded a Caribbean Elders Award by Baroness Floella Benjamin, DBE who recognised her as an Unsung Hero who offered a ‘unique, priceless service and contribution to the Community in Southampton.’
We are all extremely proud of Alice and humbled by all of the amazing things she has achieved. It’s clear that she’s had a massive impact on people’s lives within our community and has brought people together in Southampton. She is an inspiration to us all!