CLLR. ALICE MPOFU-COLES
Alice Mpofu-Coles is the elected Councillor for the Reading, Whitely Ward.
She is an advocate for social justice, an activist, author, and motivational speaker. Since making her new home in Whitley, Reading for the past 18 years, she has woven herself into community life fabric started working in a sandwich factory, army barracks as a cleaner, home carer and became a social worker working with adults, older people and people with mental health issues. She also volunteers for several local community groups and is a trustee for two charities. She continues to advocate through various campaigns for poverty, education, refugees, race inequalities, mental health and environmental issues. She is also a qualified social worker who is now also able to offer her life experience as a dedicated life coach. Alice is a PhD candidate in Human Geography at the University of Reading and does community-based grassroots research.
Alice was given an Honorary Masters of Universities by the Open University in 2014 at Poole's ceremony for her services to refugees, communities, education, and civil services. She was given the most inspirational refugee women Driver award in 2020. She nominated the Reading Refugee Support Group for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, and this was awarded in 2019 receiving it from the Queen’s representative, Sheriff of Berkshire. She has also received numerous awards internationally.
She is a member of different societies and groups and is a former chair and vice-chair of Reading Refugee Support Group.
A mum to two adult daughters, Alice beat breast cancer (the subject of her book ‘Dear God from Your Poached Egg Breast’*) and lives in Reading with her husband Wayne - and a Jackadoodle dog Zee.