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Desmond Zephyr

Vice President Programmes

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How long have you been a member of the 100 Black Men of London?

Since Sept. 2009


What is your role?

I am the VP (Vice President) Programmes; Mentor and regional Coordinator for the South London Community Mentoring Programme


What is your profession?

I am a Local Government Officer working in Safer Neighbourhoods. Basically that means working in partnership with the Met Police along with other statutory and voluntary organisations to ensure the geographical areas under my jurisdiction are safe and clean. My work includes crime reduction, crime prevention, managing antisocial behaviour and environmental issues.

Why did you join the 100 Black Men of London?

I joined the 100BMoL because I wanted to mentor, specifically, young Black children. I had never mentored before so wanted to do so in a supportive environment with the Community Mentoring Programme offers. This in turn also gave me the opportunity to help others and work with like minded individuals who also had a concern for other and our community.

What benefits have you gained from being a member of the 100 Black Men of London?

The benefits for me have mainly been around personal development. I have become a more confident public speaker through delivering mentoring sessions, making presentations, hosting events and facilitating in-house training. I have also benefitted by networking with other professionals from a range of backgrounds and through the work of the 100 other Black organisations when we collaborate. Being in the 100 has also benefitted me professionally I feel as I get to put into practice some of my work related skills in another setting/environment but equally I get to take the experiences I have gained in the 100 and utilise them at work.

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