Teakisi (pronounced Tea-key-sea) is a unique and award winning North East of England based Community Interest Company with a social enterprise element and charitable aims and services; incorporated as a CIC in 2020.

Community

Collaboration

Change

The need for our services was amplified during Covid-19, we empower marginalised people and the wider community through the provision of inspiring events, outreach engagements, digital skills programmes and regular get togethers for social inclusion.

We actively work to bridge inequalities and enhance diversity. Our work also sees us working together with different organisations to leverage collective strengths, resources, and perspectives to create lasting impact. Through our day to day work, we aim to dismantle barriers, empower marginalised communities, and foster a society that embraces diversity and equal opportunities for all.

 We are an inclusive organisation, which means our services are open to everyone in the North East of England. We also support a small percentage of others from outside the region.

With our outreach programmes, we hope to educate, connect, engage and build a community spirit.

People supported since inception

Blogs published

Years active

Social media followers

Safeguarding Policy Statement

In our work we meet many adults who are potentially at risk for a variety of reasons. We aim to create a safe environment in which no adult will experience harm or exploitation during their contact with us.

Our Team & Leadership

Our team brings a wealth of experience from their chosen fields – full of personality minus the ego. We are the wearer of many hats dedicated to amplifying the voices of African women, and yours.

Salha Kaitesi

Salha Kaitesi

Founder, Artistic Director & Exec-Editor

I am a social entrepreneur, gender equality, empowerment champion and a self-taught blogger with multiple skills that I’ve acquired over the past 11 years. Fuelled by my passion for empowering and promoting African girls and women, their voices, equality and diversity, I consider myself a ‘forever student,’ eager to both build on my academic foundations in Sociology and Politics, while staying in tune with the latest digital and in person strategies that will amplify the voices of African women, my local community and those of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities.

When I am not all things Teakisi, you’ll catch me watching Thor: Ragnarok over and over again. Or is it Infinity War and End Game?

Rehma Muguyeneza

Rehma Muguyeneza

Director

I am a member of the Ishami Foundation which works towards bringing awareness of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis, in regards to my own personal experience with the Rwandan Genocide. I believe in amplifying the stories of the voiceless, taking pride and power in them. Over the years, I have developed strong skills in childcare while working as a teaching assistant. I am also passionate about bringing people together to collaborate in ways in which they can work towards a better community.

I am a proud mother of two children.

Sarah Umutoni

Sarah Umutoni

Director

I’m a child care worker with a 10 year old son. My earlier work experiences were in the tourism sector before caring for children and young people. My day-to-day work sees me getting involved in different selection of activities that stimulate the minds of young children.

I am a very organised person who enjoys going for walks, going out with friends, listening to music, swimming and watching action movies.

Georgia May Turnbull

Georgia May Turnbull

Administrative Assistant

I’m the administrative assistant at Teakisi, among other external community roles. I attended the first Teakisi event in February 2020 and have been a part of the African Woman Collective since then. I started my career as a Community Musician around the same time in 2020 after graduating where I’ve gathered experience working with a diverse range of communities from various backgrounds. I really enjoy networking and collaborating with others. In my own work as a songwriter and events organiser I embed an ethos of social justice and strive for change particularly focussed on inclusion for women and gender minorities and the minoritised global majority. As a dual heritage ‘Nigeordian’ woman myself I understand the importance of Teakisi as an inclusive accessible organisation, with Community, Collaboration and Change at the heart of it.

Catherine Del Tito

Catherine Del Tito

Volunteer

I’ve been fortunate to have played many roles in my life that gave me the resources to be able to give back to the world. I have been a corporate project manager and a freelance artist. I have held my families together; my birth family and my family with my grown daughter. I value connection and am happy to work with Teakisi who feel the same. 

Beaton Mabaso

Beaton Mabaso

Social Media Content Creator for Heritage & Flair

I am a digital storyteller with over a decade of experience and self-taught skills in digital content creation.  I am an Award-winning blogger who writes about the beauty and chaos of the place I call home, Zimbabwe, a teapot-shaped country in southern Africa. My journey in storytelling traces back to my roots, listening to fables and folktales from my grandfather, which shaped my love for words and stories.

When I am not immortalising my thoughts on the blog Becoming The Muse, I am trying to help build and shape a community of African content creators boldly reclaiming their narrative. I am affectionately known as an Uncle of Bloggers in the Blogging Community where I serve as the Creative Director for Afrobloggers – an organisation that connects, promotes and educates bloggers of African descent. 

Monika Kobus

Monika Kobus

Volunteer

I decided to volunteer with Teakisi because what the organisation stands for is important for our local, changing communities. Society needs to be more open to learn abut each other and spaces like Tales Without Borders is perfect for this need. Having a reading space that meets the needs of the community is not just good for me as I am a bookworm, but for everyone else who wants to read and explore all kinds of books.

Reading can be a great connector between people and also helps in the teaching of new languages and cultures.

Dr Daniel Jefferson

Dr Daniel Jefferson

Former Chair & Director

Dr Claire Ogah

Dr Claire Ogah

Supporter

Awards

Acknowlegement

Teakisi is a social enterprise – this means we are a business that exists primarily to fulfil a social purpose. We are not a charity, although from time to time we may obtain funding from grants, investments or a combination of both. On that note, we would like to express our gratitude for the funding/investment provided by the following organisations which greatly backed our initiatives and enabled us to make a meaningful impact.

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