Why We Started
In April 2017, Paul Morrison, the founder of Idare2inspire, heard about another brutal attack but this time in West London, not too far from where he lived. Abdullahi Tarabi, the nineteen-year-old involved, died from his injuries. Moved by the incident, Paul decided to travel over the area where the incident happened to visit the vigil and pay his respects. Whilst there, two young men approached him, they asked him what he was doing in the area. Paul realised that he’d driven into what felt like a gang-controlled area. Paul being of colour, drives a four-wheel drive Land Rover Discovery 4 with privacy glass, attracted a lot of attention. Feeling
extremely vulnerable and out of his comfort zone, Paul explained to the two young men that he’d come only to offer his condolences.
After a brief conversation with the two young men, one of them mentioned that he was in fact one of Abdullahi’s relative, and Paul soon discovered that even though the areas was surrounded by police because of the crime, nobody had actually offered him, his family or his friends any support and clearly they were in need of some.
After offering a moment of silence for the deceased, Paul encouraged the young men and advised them on what help was available. It dawned on Paul however, that what was available wasn’t enough. People who are struggling, people who are grieving, shouldn’t have to search for support that is supposed to be readily available to them. Where was the community outreach?
Paul went away and recorded his thoughts, both audibly and through a written post online that attracted over 120,000 views. As he voiced his concerns, he found himself saying ‘I dare to inspire’. Just over a year later, this mantra has blossomed into I Dare 2 Inspire, a social enterprise designed to empower and raise the aspirations of under-represented young people aged between 14 and 23, from BAME, and socially and economically deprived backgrounds.