Talk for a Change is a Community Interest Company. We currently comprise two full time directors and a pool of associates. Our directors and associates have varying and complementary professional specialisms. Talk for a Change was founded in 2011 by Jo Broadwood, Raj Bhari and Nicola Sugden. Raj and Nicola have now moved on from the company but continue to maintain a strong interest and support for the company’s work.
I have worked in conflict transformation for over 20 years, with a specific focus on young people, particularly those at risk of violence. I believe that all young people can contribute positively to their communities, given the right opportunities and support.
I was part of the senior leadership team at the national youth charity, Leap Confronting Conflict for a number of years and was responsible for the design and development of action research projects including programmes and curriculum focusing on leadership, gangs, territorialism, and knife and weapon use.
I was an advisor to the Department of Communities and Local Government from 2001 – 2011 contributing to strengthening community cohesion and building resilience in local areas, and have contributed to national policy and practice through a range of publications and guidance.
I have a background in theatre and the arts, having founded a theatre company in my early 20s, and I am also CEO of the wonderful charity StreetDoctors
From 2003 until 2016 I managed and developed the PPC Peacehub, a knowledge exchange peace network rooted in Peace Studies at the University of Bradford. The work included: developing and sustaining networks; facilitating ‘difficult’ conversations; practical peacemaking interventions; co-teaching on the Master’s programme (Applied Conflict Resolution Skills); contributing to participatory peace research and sharing ideas about working with conflict in the UK.
After Bradford, I joined the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation to work on their ‘Bridging Communities’ programme and I continue to stay connected as an Associate. In 2017, I left the Peace Foundation to focus on nonviolence and collective action.
A range of methods and experiences inform my practice including: dialogue facilitation; restorative practice; mediation and nonviolent action. I continue to learn huge amounts from working alongside dialogue practitioners, youth workers, artists, activists, social workers, refugees, young people and all sorts of other people striving for a more peaceful world.
I live in West Yorkshire with my partner and son.