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Ilford woman battles stereotypes by founding media diversity charity Small Talk TV

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 June 2018

Racha Sobratee, 23, founded media diversity charity Small Talk TV. Photo: Small Talk TV

Racha Sobratee, 23, founded media diversity charity Small Talk TV. Photo: Small Talk TV

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A 23-year-old Ilford woman has founded a media diversity charity aiming to quash stereotypes and share untold stories.

Racha Sobratee, from Endsleigh Gardens, set up up non-for-profit Small Talk TV a year ago.

Born in Mauritius, and moving to the UK at the age of five, she was motivated to set up the group after facing challenges breaking into the media industry as a working-class, Muslim woman.

“It’s a very exclusive industry and difficult for young people from low income backgrounds,” she said.

“When I finally did [break-in], I found that there was a lack of diversity.

“I thought - ‘I want to do something about that’.”

She said that a diverse media industry is important to ensure stereotypes are not perpetuated and untold stories are heard.

So she decided to share her talent for filming and editing with other young people by running three-day video workshops, first through National Citizen Service and now with her own project.

Small Talk TV has won funding from the National Lottery and O2’s GoThinkBig.

“I really dislike small talk because I think it’s frivolous and pointless,” she said, explaining the charity’s name.

“The idea is to re-define what small talk is and make it more meaningful, for example, through short-form videos.”

One project, called 120, will shine a light on young people who have overcoming struggles to achieve success in their particular industry through two-minute videos.

She was nominated by her friend Danielle Simms, who she volunteered with in Cambodia for three month in 2015 as part of government scheme International Citizen Service.

The Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award is about celebrating the amazing young people in our borough.

It is run by the Recorder in conjunction with Redbridge Rotary Club, and sponsored by The Exchange shopping centre, Ilford, which provides each monthly winner with a £30 gift card. The Young Citizen of the Year will be crowned at the Mayor’s Community Awards in March.

You can nominate any person from Redbridge, as long as they are under-25, by completing the form on this page or by clicking this link here.

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