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Creating Ground is a Community Interest Company, a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (number 10158083).

Registered office: 5 Luke Street, London EC2A 4PX

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Our Team

Founder and Director

Laura worked for 9 years at the Migrants Resource Centre where she was responsible for the community education and employability service. She also worked for 2 years (finishing in July 2016) at Action for Refugees in Lewisham managing a supplementary school for children aged 4 to 11. She is currently working 3 days per week at Renaisi as Community Inclusion Service Delivery Manager supporting a team of bilingual parent advisors working in different schools in Islington and Hackney. She founded Creating Ground CIC in May 2016 with the vision of promoting cross-cultural awareness, learning and sharing across different communities in South East London through arts and educational projects.

She has a Masters in Anthropology of Media from SOAS and a degree in African Studies from the Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples. She lived and worked in Tanzania and South Africa managing edu-tainment projects mainly using the media and in particular drama. In her spare time, she is part of two theatre groups. 

Yewande Osinfolarin

Project Officer/Workshops Co-facilitator

Yewande is originally from Nigeria where she studied Economics and had her teaching practice. She moved to London in 2007 to undertake a Masters Degree in Business and Financial Economics at the University of Greenwich. She worked as a finance officer and in different customer care positions before joining Creating Ground as a volunteer. She is currently co-facilitating the parents' forums at Action for Refugees in Lewisham and my creative skills workshops at the Creating Ground's office.

Anna Merryfield

Freelance Researcher and Projects Officer

Anna has several years experience volunteering in the social sector and since moving to London has been involved in Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers, where she has helped with advice and advocacy as well as arts classes and events organisation. She currently works for Social Spider CIC as a research and project manager. She has conducted research into mental health services, social impact measurement and social finance. She also manages two community newspapers in north London. When first moving to London she was selected for the Worthwhile Graduate Scheme, which finds employment and offers training and support for young people pursuing a career in social impact. Anna graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MA hons in Social Anthropology and the departmental prize for imagination and creativity She enjoys making short documentaries and has had her films screened and exhibited around London.

Jamillah Yakubu

Business Development and Marketing Officer

Jamillah has 10+ years experience in Banking (financial services, dispute resolution and compliance) alongside staff engagement and mental health awareness. She joins the team at Creating Ground in a Business support and Marketing capacity to assist the organisation in raising its brand profile and the awareness of the courses on offer. As Jamillah has a personal interest in diversity, equality and social cohesion, she aims to bring a new perspective to approaching these issues and helping Creating Ground provide services to meet these needs.

Matilde Spoldi

Freelance Mentor/Tutor

Matilde has recently graduated from the Brunel University with a Masters in Anthropology of International Development and Humanitarian Assistance. She has many years of experience working with young people as mentor/tutor for Rousseau centres in Italy.  In London, she collaborated with “Migrants Organise”, Chelsea, running a workshop on mental wellbeing for refugees and Asylum Seekers affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. For her Master degree, she conducted a six months’ ethnographic qualitative research within the Kurdish community of London, analysing the role of collective memory.

Olga Loza

Graphic Designer

Olga is working on a PhD at the University of St Andrews, studying graduate recruitment and the labour market, with a focus on how recruitment processes perpetuate and entrench inequality. Occasionally, she writes on issues surrounding feminism, academia, and activism. She has worked on several print publications as a creative director, illustrator, and layout designer; she’s interested in using illustration and design as a means to foster communication, connection, and inclusion and believes in the power of visuals to bridge divides and address misunderstandings.

Alev Kayagil

Projects Assistant

Alev has extensive international experience working at multiple levels within the non-profit sector focusing on urban development, multilateral governance, foreign policy, women's empowerment and post-conflict development. She interned at UN Habitat in New York and provided research and analysis at G8 & G20 Research Group in Toronto and the Turkish Policy Centre in Istanbul. This exposure prompted her to support initiatives at a national level at the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey in Istanbul and the Post-Conflict Research Centre in Sarajevo. These experiences led her to complete her Master in Development Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, focusing on social policy and sustainable development, specifically in fragile and post-conflict countries. Her main focus throughout her studies has been on the policies and factors surrounding (re)integration of marginalized and vulnerable groups in fragile contexts. During her studies, Alev's ambition for social impact initiatives led her to volunteer with Reach Out , an organization working with school children in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Greater London. 

Davide Schirru

Erasmus Intern

Davide is a 25-year-old graduate from the University of Pisa with a Masters in International Studies and a major in Migration Governance. He is currently undertaking a 4-month Erasmus Internship at Creating Ground. He has previously done a traineeship at Mediatech, working with disadvantaged people and he has also being volunteering in his community for many years. He has done a Master thesis about internal mobility in Italy, with a focus on students going to study from Sardinia to all other regions of Italy.

Antonella Calarco

Erasmus Intern

Antonella is a 25-year-old graduate from the University of Pisa with a Master in International Studies and a major in Migration Governance. She is currently doing a 4-month Erasmus Internship at Creating Ground. She has already done a traineeship in Pisa in the field of European Projects. She has also been a volunteer with the Red Cross for many years in Pisa. She has always been interested in migration and volunteering with disadvantaged people. Antonella has also done a Master thesis about the migration system in Calabria, her motherland.

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