The recommendation of Resilespur Community Forum in emergency and crisis management, humanitarian logistics and projects facilitation are outlined in projects and activities with the following organisations and agencies.
For Oxfam international, ‘Dolapo in partnership with a group of people organised an “oxjam” event; which is an annual month-long music festival by Oxfam to raise money which helps to save lives around the world. This is because Oxfam is a vibrant global movement of dedicated people fighting poverty. As such a group of people came together with ‘Dolapo’s coordination 2011 to raise funds for the East African drought. The aim of this fundraising was to use indigenous music from Africa, to raise funds which can save lives in East Africa. This was truly using local music to achieve global impact. This also inspired many into developing projects that can empower people into influencing lives in several other places in the world.
Thus understanding that emergency response involves helping people and doing it fast, swiftly delivering aid, support and protection, the “Nija Nite” crew was able to raise several hundreds of pounds through Oxjam to support emergency response and development work in East Africa and around the world. As the Team Leader and Event Organiser; delivering a quality concert and event contributed to ‘Dolapo’s recommendation to help coordinate the Arch Bishop of Canterbury’s welcome event in Coventry in 2012 with more than 700 people from diverse communities in attendance. In addition her risk assessment expertise, communication, organisational, communication, decision-making, leadership, and interpersonal skills were highly instrumental to the success of both events and projects and so as many other events she has coordinated.
For more information about Oxjam or if you’d like to be part of this wonderful experience, go to: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/Oxjam
|Recycling for Relief|
Recycling for relief is a project coined from one of the recommendations of ‘Dolapo’s Masters dissertation. The objective of this project at inception is to provide a network for responding to local needs while providing a business continuity plan for the third sectors, emergency/humanitarian agencies within the UK. The project has since grown into a sustainable system which now involves active participation of over a dozen charities, a couple of tertiary institutions and two hospitality franchise within West Midlands.
As the Project initiator, developer and manager, watching this project grow within short period of time, saving thousands of money, providing resources while simultaneously solving problems and managing crisis in West Midlands and abroad has become an amazing experience. The resounding success of this project is shared with everyone who has worked hard on the project especially Coventry University estate department who provided the opportunity to develop this initiative. Overtly, ‘Dolapo’s organisational, networking, communication, negotiation, management, team working, commitment, leadership, crisis/emergency management skills continue to be strategic to managing and expanding this project for the good of mankind. And as Resilespur consulting Ltd, this project is projected to be a global approach to managing humanitarian issues during and after emergencies/disasters.
|University of Warwick|
Similar to the “Recycling for Relief” project which has now attracted involvement of over a dozen charities in West Midlands, ‘Dolapo was one of the Team leaders of the room clearance project in University of Warwick in partnership with Oxfam. As a Team Leader, herself and members of the team organised, collected, and sorted out donations from students in the university. During this project and prior to the exercise, she was instrumental in providing options of charities to distribute donations to. In addition to this, myself and other team leaders would assign as deem fit and confirm interests of various shelter homes who could collect food and toiletries. This made a huge demand of her networking and communication skills, but made her more skilled in liaising and maintaining relationships with organisations and institutions. This platform helped to develop her creativity, customer service, communication, networking, organisational, management, multi-tasking and problem-solving skills which are all crucial to the success of Resilespur Commuity Forum.
|Participating charities and NGOs include:|
- Age UK
- British Heart Foundation
- Carriers of Hope
- Carriers of Hope (Int’l)
- Coventry Cyrenians
- Coventry Jesus centre
- Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre
- Global Care
- Jubilee Christian Centre
|Partnering Organisations & Institutions are:|
- University of Warwick
- Coventry University
- Holiday Inn
- Ibis Hotel