Q&A: Sandra Nelson business owner and campaigner

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 June 2018


Sandra Nelson is a business owner and community campaigner from East Ham. As part of a campaign for domestic abuse survivors, she has written a song to provide support for women who have suffered domestic abuse, and is aiming to achieve one million downloads of the track.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I live in Newham and I also work in the borough.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

The community and diversity of the borough and its richness in culture.

What one thing would you change?

I would love for every single person in the borough to be able to speak English, because it can make it difficult to interact with people of different cultures if there isn’t a shared language.

Use three words to describe the area.

Rich in culture.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

Dr. Chris Oyakhilome. Dr Chris is a man who’s changed a lot of young people’s lives.

He does work with youngsters, teaching them to know that they don’t have to turn to crime.

He helps them realise that there’s so much they can do to stay away from crime, and he has a huge impact.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

Respect for freedom in this country.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

I would focus on the power of words to make a positive impact. Through my business, I hold conferences for young people, women and individuals to inspire them, and I invite people to share their motivational stories.

I believe that words are very powerful, and when you put positive words into action, you can use them to help others. When a child is growing up and you tell them “you’ll never amount to anything”, those words have an effect.

Using positivity makes a difference – I think of it like the “glass half full, glass half empty” concept.

•To find out more about Sandra’s business, visit and to download her support song, search We Rise on YouTube.

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