Focusing on some of the individuals who make up our community.

People in Common: Ram Kelly

People in Common: Ram Kelly

by Charlie Hislop.  “I said ‘I’ll make it work. I’ve always been determined.’” Anyone who has met him will know that’s Kelly talking– Ram Kalyan. He could have been talking about any one of his projects, but he’s explaining how nearly 20 years ago he turned a four week temporary radio project with a narrow
People in Common: Paul Maple 

People in Common: Paul Maple 

by Charlie Hislop. The race is on “17 years, 2 degrees centigrade – those are the only statistics you need to understand climate change,” says Southampton filmmaker Paul Maple, director of ‘The Race is On’.  Once Earth’s temperature goes up 2 degrees, climate change is irreversible. We have 17 years left of pollution from burning
People in Common: Kwame Bakoji-Hume

People in Common: Kwame Bakoji-Hume

by Sally Churchward. African Activities has been bringing art, music and storytelling to people, particularly schoolchildren, across the south for more than a decade. It’s a dream come true for Kwame Bakoji-Hume, who felt a strong desire to share African culture with the people around him. “In Ghana, not a day passes without a neighbour sharing
People in Common: Simon Cotton

People in Common: Simon Cotton

by Sally Churchward. POLITICS run in Simon Cotton’s blood. As a child, he spent much of his time hanging out at his grandad’s house in Shirley, Southampton, where The Sun newspaper was banned, and where Simon was schooled in the importance of being in a union. The older man instilled respect for working people into
People in Common: Marguerite Rayner

People in Common: Marguerite Rayner

by Stephanie Palmer. “I firmly believe that you do volunteering totally for your own benefit.” That’s the self-deprecating start to my conversation with Marguerite Rayner, volunteer for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Retired housing officer Marguerite has spent nearly every Monday morning for the past four years supporting the charity’s pre-school forest
People in Common: Laxmi Morgan

People in Common: Laxmi Morgan

by Sally Churchward.   Laxmi Morgan, a carer from Southampton, is combining a huge home clear out with fundraising vital funds for charities which are close to her heart. As well as having a close friend who has suffered with ongoing mental health issues, and been sectioned, Laxmi has worked in health and social care