By Sarah Haden-Godwin, 2020
About this theme
We all wish to live a life in good health, free from illness and suffering. As a nurse and a yoga teacher, this has been made abundantly clear to me over the years whether working in a prison in Glasgow, or in a clinic in Bhopal, India.
By Lorraine Close, 2023
Shaista appeared on BBC Woman’s Hour discussing the women’s World Cup and Nouhalia Benzina, the first ever hijabi wearing player in the women's football World Cup. Shaista mentions her Churchill Fellowship - learning how to make football more equitable for Muslim women and girls. She describes how she will travel to France to learn more from muslim girls and women who are being prevented from playing football and Pakistan which has a thriving women and girls' football sector despite the high levels of violence. Shaista says that the main issue is not Islam or the hijab but the systemic oppression and need for the system to change to ensure equity for all. Listen on bbc.co.uk. Shaista also wrote a piece on decolonisation in football for CNN.
By Shaista Aziz, 2023
Retired Serge Lourie (CF 1989) is now 77 and organises monthly walks for older local residents and keeps fit by running three times a week. With the help of a grant from his local council, he is starting a Couch to 5K+ weekly programme under the auspices of the Avenue Club in Kew his local community group. It is aimed at people who would normally not consider running to keep fit and will also encourage people to walk and take more exercise. The programme will follow the NHS app and is intended to help people achieve their goals of getting fitter, relieving stress, enjoying themselves and making new friends. Because of the support from Richmond Council, there is no charge. The programme fits in with the three-year programme of Churchill Fellowships focused on Physical Activity: “making moves for healthier lives.” If you are interested in hearing about the project, please contact Serge on email@example.com
By Serge Lourie, 2023