Meet the team
Darren Carroll, ex-EDL member
When I joined the English Defence League (EDL) in 2009 I felt that the far right offered me a chance to be heard. I had grievances about my local area. We had Islamist groups in our town centre and we were worried about our future and the lack of prospects. Having a collective voice seemed attractive.
However, very quickly the EDL turned into an anti-Muslim group rather than a movement against extremism. I did not like the racism and the shame that came with it. I felt that I lost my identity when I was labelled a racist. I left the EDL in 2011 and have been working hard towards a more cohesive Britain ever since.
Kieran Devlin, ex-BNP member
I discovered the British National Party (BNP) on the internet. Being a former member of the armed forces, I was attracted to the fact that they were patriotic and revered the army. I liked the camaraderie and the feeling of exclusivity. I felt like I was part of a collective.
It took me six years to realise that there was a darker side. There was a lot of racism behind closed doors, and I discovered the lies and corruption within the party. I realised that they were promoting politics of fear and division, fabricating lies on race and immigration, and I couldn’t keep my head buried in the sand any longer. I am now committed to showing young people that there is another world out there, one beyond hate and intolerance.
We couldn’t do our work without our amazing Small Steps volunteers. They come from all over the country, from many different backgrounds and work in a variety of roles to help us bring our communities together. Their commitment to Small Steps and raising awareness of the far right is remarkable.