Posted by Devenia Besant on 13 Jun 2020


Since the 25th April I’ve been running daily interviews on this page and the website with the local businesses that I work with highlighting what business life has been like for them since the outbreak of Covid-19, how they’ve adapted, if they’ve had to close down, their plans for the future etc. There have been many many hard challenges for them all as you can imagine but also some really positive stories and positive messages to help our community too 🌈 it’s been a nice project to run and there are still more interviews to come.

Anyway a few weeks ago I actually joked on Insta that I wouldn’t be interviewing myself 🙂 and if you are part of the Epsom and Ewell Families group you will know exactly who I am & what I am 😉 whilst this isn’t an interview as such I thought I’d show my face and a bit about me for followers of this page that are not part of the group and may not know me, especially after the last few weeks of events I think it’s important….I will touch on that more….

So this is me Dee founder of Epsom and Ewell Families, a black woman 🙋🏾‍♀️, a wife, a mummy of 3, a hoarder of shoes…preferably those with a ridiculous high heel 👠 and someone who loves to connect people, help businesses grow, spread positivity and kindness. This post isn’t going to be perfect, I’m not perfect but I try my best.

In short Epsom and Ewell Families is your local on-line business directory and blog supporting local connections. The associated social media pages share information to keep the community informed with what is happening in the area, it also generates brand awareness for many of our local businesses, spreads positive vibes and humour, supports charities and gives back to the community by giving away some fabulous prizes on a regular basis.

Having lived in the area for 15 years I can hand on heart say I’ve always felt welcomed and included, if there is any hate towards me because of my skin colour I’m not going to make it my problem 🤷🏽‍♀️, I will continue to do what I do loud and proud.

After what happened in America and the events that have followed – the last few weeks have been upsetting and exhausting in equal measures for many, it’s heart breaking 💔. The situation has led me to find out more about what is happening in Epsom and Ewell in regards to racism and what some people are going through or have had happen to them (in school, in the work place, walking down the street). Don’t get me wrong I’m not naive enough to think racism in this area didn’t exist it’s just shocking and very sad to hear the real life stories I am being told. Not stories of years ago but stuff happening now!

For this area (Epsom and Ewell) I’m having calls, meetings, making my feelings and others known to create some sort of change but I’m just one person and it takes more than one person to speak up and do something to create change. I very rarely ask for anything but today I will…..if you are not happy about something please speak up, if you can see something happening please speak up, if you are not happy about something that is happening with your children please speak up and if you feel like it’s falling on deaf ears please continue to speak up and ask others to help and speak up with you, nothing will or can change with silence! Also have a chat with yourself to see if you are part of the problem (I don’t mean calling people names or being violent) but does your attitude need to change? Are things you are sharing on social media helpful or will it add fuel to an already inflamed fire 🤔

Lastly I’m a true believer that education around hate of any kind should start at home and we must be positive role models for our children, for they are listening and learning from us ❤️

Anyway I’ve not done this post to preach to you I just wanted to make my feelings known and also wanted to make it abundantly clear just who the face behind Epsom and Ewell Families is! 👩🏾‍💻👋🏾

That’s it from me on this subject for now, enjoy your weekend much love….

Dee xx

Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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