Introducing Kimberley Ellis: the new Wimblecomm Community Development Executive. 

Introducing Kimberley Ellis: the new Wimblecomm Community Development Executive. 

I am thrilled to join Wimblecomm and contribute to the vibrant community of Merton. Since moving here in 2018, I have become an active part of the local theatre community, Carlton Theatre Group, which has not only provided me with artistic fulfilment but has also become an anchor for friendships and support, especially during and after the pandemic.


Drawing on my experience in community development programs, supporting women and children in conflict zones, and managing projects addressing various social issues, I am eager to utilise these skills to contribute to Wimblecomm and the wider Merton community. My previous work with Orchid Project, where I focused on ending female genital mutilation/ cutting through community-centered programs, has equipped me with a deep understanding of community engagement and amplifying marginalized voices.


Furthermore, my volunteer work with Beyond Conflict, supporting mental health in conflict zones, has honed my skills in creating impactful social media campaigns on providing assistance to individuals experiencing trauma. These experiences have taught me the importance of collaboration and the power of community-driven initiatives in bringing about positive change and maintaining hope and cohesion during challenging times.


Alongside volunteering, I managed projects addressing sexual violence and hate crime, to create safer and happier communities on university campuses and beyond. In that role, I have worked closely with stakeholders such as charities, support organisations, law enforcement, religious leaders, and students. I have developed policies, implemented reporting mechanisms, and established support networks to further foster a sense of cohesion and well-being amongst students.


Beyond my work in international and community development, I am a versatile artist, gaining recognition as both an actress and theatre-maker having worked with collaborative theatre company The Twisted Hares and Two Guys in a Room. My work has centred around amplifying lost voices and shedding light on social issues, particularly those impacting women. Through storytelling, I hope to challenge harmful societal norms and ignite conversations about pressing topics. I believe that the power of creativity can be harnessed to lay groundwork for positive social change and foster a sense of community belonging and shared experience. As such, I was particularly excited about Wimblecomms positive stories work, which I hope to continue to develop with the Trustees. 


I am dedicated to working alongside the Wimblecomm team and the wider Merton community to build stronger connections, foster happier and safer neighbourhoods, and empower individuals to thrive. I believe that together, we can create a more connected and vibrant community that supports the well-being and growth of all its members.

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