Essentially Naphtali & Associates is a community collective which, through a network of associates, develops and supports new small to medium enterprises. We do this by offering a package of advice & support, signposting and mentoring, but also through seeking to influence support from other private, statutory and voluntary organisations.
The defining principle of all Naphtali & Associates initiatives is to provide or help develop free and/or affordable services, online support for campaigns, and the development of small-scale employment opportunities for local communities.
Our pledge is to seek out enterprising people and enterprises to encourage their growth, marketing, collaboration and development.
Almost 20 years ago, as a performance poet using traditional Caribbean pros, I wrote, performed and recorded one of my trademark poems, De Governors Greed. Friends and family told me then that the poem would remain poignantly relevant for years to come.
I have speckled this article with phrases from the poem.
With the recent car crash of the United Kingdom’s Brexit from the European Union (EU) this poem has once again come alive for me, particularly since some of the aftershocks of Brexit are now being heard and felt all over the country and even beyond it.
The keynote ‘rant’ of the piece was “The governor can’t fool me” evoking a principled approach I have adopted throughout all of my adult life, that I would never allow myself to become a mental puppet of the so-called established state whatever form it took. Continue reading
The charity chief executives body Acevo has called for a summit to discuss the estimated £200m a year of European Union funding the sector will lose, and the chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations has urged charities to play a key role in rebuilding trust in society after the UK voted to leave the EU.
Other reactions from the voluntary sector to the result of yesterday’s referendum, in which 52 per cent of voters chose to leave the EU, included a warning from Paul Palmer, professor of voluntary sector management at Cass Business School, that there would be a “double whammy” of a fall in donations and further government austerity measures.
Martin Sime, chief executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, said the decision was a “seismic shock to our politics and economy that will have a profound effect”.
Are you interested in supporting men and women with mental health support needs to develop their skills and build confidence?
IMPORTANT: Mentor roles are open to both males and females in the 300 Voices Peer Support Programme. Mentors will not necessarily need to be of African Caribbean origin.
If so then we need you!
The Mentoring & Advocacy Support Hub (MASH), previously the Peer Support Programme, was developed as part of the Time to Change 300 Voices project and supports African / Caribbean men and women with lived experience of mental health problems in Birmingham to build resilience and confidence to aid recovery. Continue reading