2 Feb 2022
"This is a full circle moment for me as a young person who was able to access higher education due to the Let us Learn project, and I am excited to have an opportunity to shape We belong's strategic direction and bring our vision for all young migrants to reality!"
Introducing Omolade Adedapo, who has recently joined We Belong's board of trustees. Omolade is a strong example of lived experience driving our organisation.
Omolade is Policy and Public Affairs Officer at PAUSE, a national charity that works with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeat removals of children from their care. She is responsible for delivering PAUSE's influencing work and supporting women to campaign and influence themselves. Before joining PAUSE, Omolade worked as a Parliamentary assistant to a Labour MP where she spent time monitoring political and policy developments in Parliament and supporting the MP to lobby Government ministers on behalf of constituents and campaign groups. She also has experience lobbying and driving forward initiatives that tackle gender-based violence, sexual harassment and amplify the voices of marginalised communities within Higher Education in her past role as a sabbatical officer and trustee for Student’s Union, Kent Union.
Having moved to the UK from Nigeria, Omolade has first-hand experiences with the challenges many young migrants face which was particularly made clear when she was hindered from access student finance due to her immigration status. Omolade was able to discover the We Belong Let us Learn project while at University and received legal support which resulted in her gaining student finance. Omolade is keen to support We Belong's strategic direction in evoking long-term systemic change for young migrants.
Get to know all our trustee members by clicking here: We Belong's Board of Trustees.