Making an Impact: a design workshop for Migrant & Refugee LEx Leaders

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Making your campaign and organising visually effective. A free design workshop for LEx leaders. A LEx Movement M&R Network Event.

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Widespread public engagement in our organising and campaigning work is essential in order to affect positive change. How we communicate - and making sure this communication is authentic and visually successful - is key when making use of social media and the internet to spread our message and to be seen.

Join Soofiya who will lead a practical workshop on how to design and create a visually striking and effective image for your campaign. They will help you identify free on/offline tools to use, the basic elements of good design - and by the end of the workshop you will have designed something you can share online!

In addition to learning new practical and creative skills, we hope that this session will be an opportunity for us to connect with each other, collectively uplift our work, and further strengthen our growing community and network of migrant and refugee LEx leaders.

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Soofiya's design practice centres around illustration, visual identity and book design, with most clients tending to be in the arts, cultural and activist sector. Soofiya's art practice and writings aim to articulate a commentary on gender, race, politics and bodies through a DIY and therapeutically informed approach. Soofiya is currently a regular lecturer at Ravensbourne.

Soofiya delivers visiting lectures across the UK in museums, galleries and universities, part of their work includes consultancy and corporate facilitation

Soofiya's writing has been in a handful of books, including Can We All Be Feminists published internationally as well as independent magazines and newspapers both online and in print.

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Who can attend this workshop?

This is a free and closed workshop for members of the Lived Experience Leaders Movement (LEx Movement), based in the UK, with lived experience of the immigration system.

If you are a social leader, change-maker, activist, campaigner, artist, entrepreneur or innovator with direct first-hand experience of the UK immigration system e.g., refugee, asylum seeker and/or migrant, and would like to attend but are not yet a member of the LEx Movement – please don’t worry. We welcome you to join our community and you are welcome to reserve a ticket for this workshop. Once you do so and have confirmed your eligibility for attendance, we’ll be in touch inviting you to join the Movement.

Please note, this workshop is open to social leaders who are activating their direct lived experience (past or present) to inform and shape their work to directly benefit the communities they share those experiences with. E.g., migrant and refugee leaders supporting migrant and refugee communities. This does not include practitioners and allies without lived experience who are working in the immigration system (we consider this practice experience and not ‘lived’ experience).

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Do you need access and support to attend?

An access fund is available to support LEx Movement Members in taking part, and so if you require language interpretation, childcare, PA support, technology access, or anything else that will allow you to attend this online session, please do email us at LExMovement@knowledgeequity.org.

As with all the programmes our LEx leaders have been developing for our network, this workshop is free.

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What is the LEx Movement?

The Lived Experience Leaders Movement (LEx Movement), is a collective impact network connecting, supporting and strengthening the capacity of LEx Leaders to create systems-level change and help all our communities thrive. LEx Movement now has over 880 members and has become a vibrant, resilient, and culturally diverse community made up of individuals, organisations and coalitions working across the UK. It is fast evolving into a movement of movements. LEx Movement is hosted and supported by the Centre for Knowledge Equity.

If you would like to learn about the history behind the LEx Movement and the reason why we developed the Lived Experience Leadership framework, please do read these reports here: 'The Value of Lived Experience in Social Change' (2017) and 'Lived Experience Leadership: Rebooting the DNA of Leadership' (2019)

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