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Dr Erinma Bell, MBE DL

In 2003 Erinma became a co-founder and CEO of her own formidable charity known as CARISMA - Community Alliance for Renewal Inner South Manchester Area. CARISMA became a front-line community -based group set up to offer life-chances for young people in the community by giving them positive alternatives other than street crimes, and gun crimes

Erinma employs a successful model that ‘builds social capital’ amongst grass roots individuals and groups with key stakeholders, employing methods which ‘transport and transform individuals’ to bring about peace. Erinma leads on work around issues such as Restorative Justice, Peace and Conflict Resolution as well as Peace Making, Peace keeping and Peace Building within an urban environment. In 2007 CARISMA were awarded The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for voluntary service by groups in the community an in that same year, the Prime Minister Gordon Brown, recognized Erinma’s efforts as featured in his book ‘Britain’s Everyday Heroes’. In 2008 the Crown rewarded Erinma with an MBE in recognition of her voluntary services to her community and in 2011 she was made Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester as a representative to Her Majesty the Queen.

Her passion for community peace has seen her travel to Pakistan, Melbourne Australia, Lisbon, Cambodia, Thailand and US Virgin Islands to lecture and deliver workshops, and be a keynote speaker at seminars on subjects relating to peace and conflict resolution. Erinma continues to raise awareness on peace and conflict resolution via her talks, presentations and workshops.


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