I was a teenager with a mother who was dying of cancer. Members of the group would drive my mum to hospital, offer me help and support me whenever I needed it. They became part of my family and it gave me a sense of security. I thought that they were good people and very quickly I was sucked into their world.
I was too young to understand what I was getting myself into. I wasted the best part of my youth, leafletting, recruiting, attacking left-wing marches and joining organisations like the National Front, British Movement, NSPUK (the UK’s Nazi Party), Combat 18 and a racist church called the Church of the Creator who advocated RAHOWA = RAcial HOly WAr.
By the time I opened my eyes, I had lost my mum, dad, wife and friends all because of the far-right’s divisive ideas. All those years achieved nothing but more violence and racism in the communities I was brought up in and cared about.
As a 15-year-old I walked unchallenged into the world of far-right extremism. This is why I founded Small Steps to stop people from getting caught up in the manipulation and lies of the far-right movement. Since 2015, our small but dedicated team has delivered countless workshops and mentoring sessions across the UK to raise awareness of the dangers of far-right extremism, racism and violence. Our courses are tailored to specific groups such as schoolchildren, frontline service professionals and community leaders, providing training and advice on how to tackle the issues that draw people to far-right narratives. We help expose the flaws within the far-right and highlight the signs of far-right activity and radicalisation.
Believing in education and compassion, isn’t eveyones way to reduce extremism, but it’s ours and it works.
Nigel Bromage, founder.