Who we are

Circles of Change, Cambridge

Circles of Change, Cambridge is a small group of Cambridge residents Caroline Amory, Tamsin Beevor, Louise Bowett, Meg Clarke, Cathy Dunbar, and Hilary Pounsett. We are interested in increasing our own awareness and understanding of the history of slavery and racism and in trying to address its legacies in Cambridge today.

We became interested in the plaque dedicated to Anna Maria Vassa on the wall of St Andrew’s Church, Chesterton, and wanted to know more about her, and her father, Olaudah Equiano.

On discovering what an important historical person Equiano was, and that his own grave is unmarked, we wanted to commemorate him, and thought naming the nearby Riverside Bridge that links him with his daughter’s memorial and our town together, would be a fitting local tribute to him and his work.

Cambridge African Network

Cambridge African Network (CAN) is a registered charity.

Charity Number Number: 1143180

Visit cambridgeafricannetwork.org for more information.

Cambridge African Network (CAN) started as an informal organisation working to bring together city residents of African origin to advance their health and wellbeing and look after each other.  Its goals expanded and it was registered formally in 2008 as a charity to promote social inclusion and the integration of the African community in the multicultural society of Cambridge and county. 

CAN is dedicated to supporting, advising and bringing together the diverse communities, and all who have an interest in what we do and who we are.  We organise activities which generate interest and cultural expression, empower our members, promote community interaction and integration.

Our core goals are:

1. To educate the community, especially the African community, in Cambridge and the surrounding area by such means as the trustees may determine.

2. To provide or assist in the provision of facilities or organise activities in the interests of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their conditions of life.

3. To support poverty relief efforts among members of the community in Cambridge

4. To support poverty relief efforts in Africa through donations and/or provision of services to individuals in need and/or charities, or other organisations working to prevent or relieve poverty.

4. To promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public by promoting activities to foster understanding between people from diverse backgrounds in Cambridge and county, and UK as a whole.