London Met Labs hosts two impactful public engagement events with local stakeholders

The University’s London Met Labs team partnered with local advocacy groups and stakeholders to present two events aimed at uplifting and supporting local communities.

Date: 22 March 2024

Earlier in March, the London Met Lab: Empowering London team led two events with London based charities and volunteer organisations.

The first event was conference held in partnership with Skye Alexandra House, a London-wide group that provides trauma informed care services to vulnerable girls and young women.

A second event was organised with Voluntary Action Islington, an organisation that provides information, training and support to volunteers, staff and trustees within the voluntary and community sector in Islington.

Organiser of the events and Director of London Engagement, Sophie Cloutterbuck said, “the London Met Lab is proud to have played a role in these two successful events. We remain committed to fostering positive change within London and look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts to empower and support our communities.”

Amplifying women’s voices

On March 5, the London Met Lab team proudly co-hosted the HER VOICE conference alongside Sherica D Spence from Skye Alexandra House. This inspiring event aligned with the International Women's Day theme ‘Count Her In: Accelerating Gender Equality Through Economic Empowerment’. HER VOICE shone a light on the challenges faced by women and girls who have experienced sexual violence.

The conference explored strategies to support survivors on their path to healing, aiming to empower participants to regain confidence and pursue their aspirations. Through powerful speakers, engaging workshops, and thought-provoking discussions, HER VOICE served as a platform for celebrating women's strength and fostering connections within the community. 

Supporting our local community

Building on this momentum, the London Met Lab partnered with Voluntary Action Islington for Islington's Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise Conference on March 12. Over 120 partners came together to discuss the critical issues facing Islington's communities.

This collaborative space allowed participants to explore how the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector, Islington Council, and London Met can work together more effectively to address these challenges.

Discussions focused on building capacity, increasing investment in the VCFSE sector, and strengthening existing partnerships to ensure the most marginalized and underserved communities receive the support they deserve. 

London Met Labs March events