The I Belong Here foundation exists to increase access to reading, books, literature and the great outdoors, helping to create a sense of belonging in all regardless of background, so all can feel safe and welcome while journeying through the world.
Initiatives include raising enough from donations to distribute thousands of free copies of I BELONG HERE throughout the UK, giving copies away at train stations and on trains – I was racially abused while making a train journey – and while retracing the route along which I was racially abused as well as the route of the subsequent journey of reclamation I made along the backbone of Britain.
Free copies will be distributed to low-income and marginalised groups, as well as running accompanying workshops and walkshops. It’s also a dream of the foundation to establish a storytelling centre in my hometown of Manchester, in the childhood neighbourhood in which I grew up.
Patron: the I Belong Here foundation is deeply honoured to have the brilliant author Paula Hawkins as a patron.
The I Belong Here foundation is in memoriam the wonderful Sophie Christopher (1991-2019).