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2022 Multipliers

In January 2022, we launched the second year of The Multiplier – a national programme that invests in, supports, and connects community leaders from across the UK who are helping to reduce loneliness, build connection and bridge divides in their communities.

97 local leaders applied – from Essex to Edinburgh, Bodmin to Birmingham – each with their own initiative that responds to challenges their communities face and brings people together. In the two years this programme has been running, we’ve now received a total of 226 applications for The Multiplier. Just as they did in 2021 the quality of the applications we received left us in awe of the incredible power that happens when people come together in local places. In 2022 – thanks to support from The October Club, Astra Foundation, Independent Age and Henry Oldfield Trust – we were able to increase our final selection of Multipliers from 10 to 12, enabling us to support even more community leaders to deepen their impact.

Based across the UK, our 12 Multipliers are responding to a variety of issues and building connection in a disconnected age – from creating spaces for LGBTQIA+ people to connect to nature, one another and the wider community; to leaders building interfaith friendships and connections; to change-makers tackling rural racism and championing people with lived experience.

Through this relational programme, The Multiplier supported these leaders – who are driving systemic and cultural change as well as local change – to increase their action, to amplify their voices and the voices of the people they work with, to build strength with one another, and to increase their networks as well as their own sense of belonging. We are so inspired by this group and can't wait to see what their future steps will be.

Our 2022 Multipliers and their projects are:

Adele Aitchison

GrandNanny, London

Meeting older neighbours with so much life experience to share, in her home life as well as through North London Cares, inspired Adele to create GrandNanny. GrandNanny provides job opportunities for older people and tackles the growing childcare crisis in London. A local intergenerational childcare model that supports midlife and older people to acquire childcare roles within local families, Adele founded the organisation to build age-integrated communities, champion the underemployed, and offer reliable childcare for working families.

Adam Bradley

Black Country Wellbeing Centre, Dudley

Adam is the co-founder of the Black Country Wellbeing Centre, a centre that uses community-led activities such as boxing, drama, music and yoga to bridge the intergenerational gap in Dudley. During the pandemic, the Black Country Wellbeing Centre played a key role in helping to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of local community members by nurturing a sense of pride and togetherness in the community. Adam is now keen to use this momentum to tackle other issues in the local community.

Ailish Breen

Queer Out Here, Lancashire

Ailish founded Queer Out Here, a hiking club for the LGBTQIA+ community, after realising how important being outside was for their mental health. Queer Out Here enables people to form connections with each other and with nature, lifting them up in times of struggle, using the outdoors and physical activity to improve wellbeing and to reduce loneliness. Queer Out Here also plans to work with other outdoor organisations to bring people from different communities together, and create an inclusive environment so that the LGBTQIA+ community can make the most of the great outdoors.

Marva Lashley

Ryder Brow Community Allotment Society, Manchester

Marva is the driving force behind the Ryder Brow Community Allotment Society, which started when a team of neighbours decided to revitalise a derelict site in Gorton, Manchester. Marva’s aim is to create a safe, comfortable and inclusive green space for community cohesion and positive interactions in a natural environment. The Ryder Brow Community Allotment Society hosts gardening projects that are open to the whole community with a focus on people over 55, refugees and asylum seekers, young adults and people living with dementia.

Kiran Chahal

Made Up Collective and Made Up Kitchen, London

Determined to tackle social issues in a playful and responsive way, Kiran Chahal has spent the last 20 years building grassroots place-making projects that redress imbalances and empower people to co-design their own inclusive spaces.

Daniel Balla

Coexist, Bristol

Living in Bristol, a community filled with diverse but also fragmented communities, encouraged Daniel to work for Coexist. Daniel’s aim is to bring people from different communities and experiences together to bridge cultural divides through various activities, events and discussions including cooking, dance classes, theatre and drumming. As part of this ambition, Daniel is running The Bristol Commons – a community-led project seeking to inspire and revitalise members to collaborate with one another and purchase a building that can be run by the community for the community.

Anna Hussain

Nisa-Nashim, UK-wide

Her own journey from her upbringing as an orthodox Jew to converting to Islam 15 years ago inspired Anna to work for Nisa-Nashim, an initiative that brings the Jewish and Muslim communities together by building understanding and friendships. Anna works as the Group Liaison Manager and organises all-female groups run by Muslim and Jewish women co-chairs who strive to bring people together for social change. Anna helps these co-chairs to feel supported, nurtured, connected and less isolated.

Alec Thompson-Miller

ACE Voices, Aberdeen

In summer 2010, after noticing a real issue with loneliness and low self-esteem in his community, Alec felt compelled to leave his full-time job to create ACE Voices, an initiative offering a tapestry of projects that connect people of all ages and builds their confidence through music, arts, leadership mentoring and outdoor education. After more than a decade establishing ACE Voices, Alec wants to widen its impact by creating a youth leadership group that promotes friendship and understanding between generations.

Jamie Gratton


Jamie worked in the Derby community to set up a recovery organisation offering a proactive approach to addiction, wellbeing and connection. Jamie saw the need to tackle stigmas by sharing the positive impact that people with experience of addiction can have in their communities. Having had his own personal experiences of support systems and services, Jamie is demonstrating how lifting the voices of people who have been there can reduce marginalisation and discrimination, and build a better future for all.