About Communities Inc

Communities Inc is about helping people to make connections that builds a sense of community in any environment.

Communities are then better able to tackle common problems, to provide mutual support and to work together for a positive future with shared values.

Longer term this can assist in reducing inequalities and improving the quality of life for all.

Our Team

Michael Henry

Michael Henry

Strategic Director

With an experience of over 30 years in the voluntary sector, Michael works to inspire and develop innovative and practical solutions to challenges within society. He overlooks the strategy of our social enterprise and finds new avenues of work for us to explore.

Shamsher Chohan Director

Shamsher Chohan

Creative Director

Shamsher has been involved in many voluntary organisations nationally and is passionate about tackling inequalities and creating opportunities for disadvantaged communities. Her role revolves around developing creative solutions to our projects.

Janet Rawson

Administrative Coordinator

Janet has a background in working for voluntary and statutory organisations in various roles ranging from trainer to project manager. At Communities Inc, Janet is responsible for our administrative operations, ensuring our projects run smoothly.

Lauren Mitchell

Communications Coordinator

Lauren is responsible for managing our internal and external communications here at Communities Inc. She liaises with the media to promote our campaigns and organises both print and digital content to support our training.

Ben Cook

Digital Producer

Ben is responsible for much of our design and content since 2023, overseeing video, graphic design and even our podcast.

James Murphy

Business Development Consultant

James is a collaborative, strategic leader with over 14 years of experience in the communities sector.
An advocate for inclusion and diversity, James seeks to disrupt and address systemic, structural challenges, and create impactful changes which lead to positive outcomes.

Sam Harris


Sam liaises with front line organisations to see how we can best support them with events and tackling issues such as hate crime.
Sam studies Politics and International Relations at Nottingham Trent University and is passionate about championing the voices of communities and bringing about change that breaks down social injustices.

Our Story

March 13th, 2024

International Bystander Awareness Day

First International Bystander Awareness Day

Join us to mark the first IBAD. More info here.

January 2023

International Exchange

Our Creative Director, Shamsher Chohan was nominated by the US Embassy in London to participate in the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) which is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program.
See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlo-1cvERVY

September 2020

Stand By Me

Stand By Me

Stand By Me bystander intervention training begins.

February, 2020


Stand By Me receives funding from Google.org to develop a national program.

October 15th, 2019

Leaflet explaining hate crime on public transport

Talking About Transport

A dialogue event tackling issues around discrimination and hate crime on public transport.

March 22nd, 2011


Michael receives an award in recognition of services to the community from The High Sheriff of Nottingham

April 27th, 2019

Digging Deep

Black Miners Museum Project

March 13th, 2019

#NBAD Launch Event

First NBAD

National Bystander Awareness Day launches.
Watch our online launch event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtPZ_y0s0kE

February, 2018

Stand By Me Nottingham pilot

Stand By Me Pilot

Stand By Me pilot scheme is run in Nottingham.

February 14th, 2017

Love Not Hate attendees at Nottingham City Council hall.

Love Not Hate

An alternative Valentine’s Day event.

November 17th, 2016

NHCA Upstanding Organisation award


Upstanding Organisation Award received from the National Hate Crime Awards.

April 20th, 2016

Stakeholder Event at NBV Enterprise Centre

First Stakeholder Event

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September 4th, 2015


Recognition of Achievement received from the Nottinghamshire Police & Crime Commissioner.