Local hero making a difference

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Using skills learnt over the past two years on Peabody schemes Thelma has worked at a number of different events and helped to recruit more much-needed volunteers to help those hit by Coronavirus.


Thelma, who has lived in Thamesmead for the past ten years, first came into contact with Peabody after taking part in the Young Ambassadors scheme. Since then she’s been involved with many Peabody initiatives including: Trainee Producers; the Youth Eco Development Council; Masterclass Tuesdays, as well as working with the London Transport Museum and on consultations with local MP, Abena Appong Asare.


Thelma said: “I’ve gained so many skills since working on the projects and programmes with Peabody. My mindset has changed completely. I know you have the ability to become whatever you want to be, despite sometimes the world telling you otherwise.

"My confidence has grown; I’ve built connections and had the most amazing experiences. I never thought I would have the opportunity to have such an impact on other people’s lives, none of which would have been possible without Peabody. It’s changed my life!

“I’ve particularly enjoyed the experience of liaising with the National Health Service as my ultimate goal is to study medicine after taking a gap year.”


Nadia Kassab, Peabody’s Youth Development Coordinator and who coaches Thelma, added: “When I first met Thelma, she was very shy, but it was obvious she had the drive and determination to learn new skills. Through establishing her strengths and weaknesses, we were able to work together on various projects that helped her to develop her leadership skills.”


If you’re interested in finding out more about the opportunities Peabody offers in Thamesmead contact Nadia at [email protected]