Bristol Link with Beira

About Us

Bristol Link With Beira

Bristol Link with Beira is a charity that promotes people-to-people networks between the cities of Bristol and Beira and benefit local communities in the city of Beira making sure no one is left behind.

The work is based on the strong twinning relationship between the two cities since 1990. We support the city in a number of different ways, through programme development, projects and research. For example, we have long-standing schools programmes, cultural exchanges and many local council initiatives.

Our main partner in Beira is the NGO ADEL Sofala, which helps identify, support and deliver programmes through people-to-people networks.

We map all our work against the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and report our impact in-line with the goals.

Peninah Achieng-Kindberg

Trustee Chair
Peninah works passionately for justice along racial and other lines, and is keen to ensure that Bristol Link with Beira adds value to communities. As a Chartered Accountant, she is currently Lead Policy Advisor on the Lammy Review for the Ministry of Justice. Peninah is on a quest for social justice, leading both BLB and African Voices Forum, on community empowerment initiatives. She promotes positive images of African culture and heritage whilst a Trustee and Treasurer for Afrika Eye film festival. Peninah is also a Board member for Glenside Campus Museum, sits on the Independent Residents Panel for Avon and Somerset Police, and is a mentor for the Princes Trust. Originally from Kenya, she has been in UK for 20 years, as a community activist.

Steve Strong

Trustee and Treasurer
Steve is a founder member of the Southern Africa Resource Centre (SARC) set up at the end of the 1980s, as a practical way to support people in the Southern Africa region following the collapse of the apartheid system in South Africa. One key project was to establish a twinning link between the City of Bristol and the City of Beira known as the Bristol Link with Beira (BLB). Steve has a particular interest in disability issues and we have initiated and supported various projects in Beira with this focus over the last 30 years, and hope to continue these. He spent 3 months working as a volunteer in Beira, mostly with projects for disabled people. Steve has been Treasurer of SARC since it was established.

Dave Spurgeon

Trustee and Secretary
Dave Spurgeon has been involved with SARC and with BLB since their inception including helping to decorate the shop and offices we originally opened in Old Market in 1989! His interest in Southern Africa and Mozambique stems from his involvement in the Anti-Apartheid Movement over a number of decades. He Chaired Bristol AAM and its successor Bristol ACTSA (Action for Southern Africa) and has been a member of the NEC and ACTSA’s Advisory Council. He has been fortunate to have visited Beira and is Secretary of BLB.

Sharon Foster

Sharon is a Directors’ Assistant at Bristol City Council and has been a Magistrate for 10 years. She worked in the public sector for 8 years, and then in local government for over 30 years. She has been involved in the trade union for 18 years and is now an active steward. Sharon enjoys working around the different strands of equality and diversity. She considers this challenging, encouraging, informative and educational to everyone; empowering women and children to build confidence, and to seek greater hope by involving information networks. Sharon gets satisfaction when progress and achievements are made especially around Women & BME issues and is committed to carrying out the role accordingly towards greater equality.

Neil Simpson

Neil Simpson works as community paediatrician in Bath and has a masters degree in international health. He has been interested in international development since leaving school, and after working in a Transkei hospital, developed a strong belief in the need to improve equity and participation. He is widely travelled and worked in Afghanistan in the 1990s. Whilst undertaking clinical work with children and families in the areas of disability and social paediatrics, he has also been involved in public health, multi-agency working and development, and health and social care. Neil is also a trustee of a multi-academy trust, and chair of a group committed to improving outcomes for young people in English towns, using collective impact principles.

Alix Hughes

Seconded to the Board
Alix is in the International Team at Bristol City Council (BCC), responsible for relationships with 7 twin cities including Beira, after 25 years representing the Twinning Associations. He spent some weeks with UN operations in 1994, visiting polling stations in Northern Mozambique, undertaking voter education and monitoring elections. Alix speaks basic Portuguese, and has visited Beira on several occasions representing BLB and BCC. He has contributed to solidarity, education, health and democracy initiatives with civil society and local authority partners. Alix feels it has been an honour and a pleasure to work alongside Mozambican friends and colleagues since the Peace Accords in 1992, as the country recovers and develops.