“ Connections are created ”
Ebony Hikers provides inspiration, encouragement and support for people with Black ancestry in Birmingham of all ages, who are interested in exploring the outdoors through walking and hiking.
Who are Ebony Hikers?
Ebony Hikers is a group where people with Black Ancestry can come together by offering a range of social events throughout the year to reduce social isolation.
The majority of the hikes are scheduled in Birmingham, but they aim to offer a minimum of three hikes a year outside of the West Midlands to enable the group to engage in hiking opportunities across the United Kingdom.
Ebony Hikers aims to benefit the community in the following ways:
-Being able to easily attend hikes in and around the countryside
-Normalising the Black and Mixed-Race community accessing the outdoors.
-Empower attendees to co-facilitate hikes with the support of leaders with the aim of them hiking independently
-Tackle social isolation
-Build a community
-Build relationships with other organisations with the aim of signposting hikers to other avenues of support
-To align their ethos with the 5 ways to wellbeing
-Enable attendees to engage in an exercise that benefits both their physical and mental wellbeing.
The project is intended to provide the group with a funded opportunity to engage in the Madiba Handsworth Walk hosted by the Black Heritage Walks Network. This opportunity will educate the group on the contribution and achievements of the Caribbean community within Birmingham, whilst highlighting places of interest that they explore independently at a later date. Furthermore, the walk will allow the group to connect with other members whilst engaging in physical activity. As well as this, they are hoping that group members will feel empowered to volunteer with the organisation and continue to learn about the contribution the Black community has made within Birmingham and beyond.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
£2000 would allow Ebony Hikers to attend the walk and it be fully funded, by providing transport, tickets, and supplies to its participants.
Where can people go to find out more about Ebony Hikers?
Dominique DeLeon, Company Director