Micha Bradshaw


Micha was born in Nottingham and grew up on an estate in Bestwood with her mother who had fled the abuse of her father after he had nearly taken her life. It became clear at a young age the role of a woman and how women are treated in society. “I recall my Mum working all hours, I remember the struggle, having my trainers tip’xd because Mum couldn’t afford new ones. But I didn’t feel sorry for myself or her, I felt proud that no matter what we were dealt we kept love and we kept moving forward”.

Having an absent father and growing up in deprivation was the beginning of the adversity she would face. Micha was a victim of sexual abuse, something she carried into her teens alone, but later would fuel her passion to change the lives of girls and women like her. “I remember the first time I read a Maya Angelou book, it was the day I realised that other girls were victims of abuse and it was not my fault. Her words gave me courage, because I knew as a white woman my experience was already different. I remember thinking, you have no excuse, if Maya can do it, you better and that stayed with me”.

Micha’s career started in health care in 2011, where she studied BSc Radiotherapy and Oncology whilst training at Nottingham City hospital. Her capacity to care and nurture became the force that excelled her through her own adversities and has transcended into the many roles and projects she has worked on.

At the age of 24, Micha became a Senior Allied Health Professional and went on to study her MSc. However after the birth of her daughter and fleeing an abusive relationship she developed PTSD. Most would have stopped, but Micha used even this to support others, creating her own workshops to share the reality of diagnosis and the support that is needed. Equipped with her union background she later went on to work with the Nottingham Women’s Centre, Mind, Rethink and Time to Change, to advise others on their rights and push for social change.

Micha’s clinical expertise and continuing professional development, mixed with her life experiences of being a survivor of child and adult abuse, have driven her to achieve many incredible things such as:

  • The creation of a mental health council atNottingham University Hospital, to change andimprove the support of staff’s mental health
  • Unison U MATTER mental health awareness sessionsand rights of support workshops, covering East Midlands and EMAS
  • Presenting her life story to the Law Commissionersto support Nottingham in becoming the first city to formally class misogyny as a hate crime
  • Mental health columnist for Nottingham’s Left Lionmagazine, Mojatu and guest writer for Stylist- Numerous BBC radio appearances sharing her campaigns and projects
  • Lead peer support trainer for Mind, creating safe spaces of empowerment for women at Nottingham Women’s Centre.
  • East Midlands Youth mental health campaign lead for Time to Change
  • Representing Nottingham City Council’s Time to Change work at the health and wellbeing board
  • Women’s only safe space open mic nights for women’s centres and women’s groups.
  • FGM global ambassador
  • Inspirational Women awards finalist 2018Community Champion – Nottingham Heroes finalist 2019
  • NUH honors Equality, diversity and inclusion 2019

“I am committed to social change that takes girls and boys like me off estates. Because when you have been excluded due to your health, social class, gender or race. It sticks with you and it’s the 21st century, we not only can do better, we should already be doing it.

I remember looking at the people ‘up top’ thinking, I can do what you do but still care about people as well. Every day in everything I do its about empathetically engaging on a human level. That’s not only what people that have faced adversity need, it’s now a planetary action. Authentic inclusion requires an holistic approach, appearing inclusive has no time or place in the future we are creating”.

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