About Us

I'm Strong believes in developing people; not just our excellent young students, but the volunteers that help make this project shine! Our workshops and on-going events help everyone build their confidence, to be as strong as they can possibly be.

Brenda Maleco started I'm Strong after volunteering her time for free to educate children in STEM subjects. After meeting two young people with scoliosis and learning of their difficulties accessing education, she saw a way to use her skills to help people in similar situations. I'm Strong is named as such to remind everyone that they are able to learn, teach, or simply have a good time building rockets out of pasta with friends!

Working in several locations throughout the U.K., the I'm Strong team are excited to continue developing our projects, as we collaborate with hospitals, parents, and children to create education and teamwork that we can all be proud of. Eventually, we would love to develop I'm Strong internationally but for now we work hard to tailor make our sessions to suit various needs in paediatric hospitals and wards here in the U.K.

Our Team


Brenda Maleco

Founder and Director



Grace Masoapatali




Emma Connolly

Nottingham Project Coordinator

Hello! I’m Emma, a Postgraduate student studying Mental Health Research at the University of Nottingham. I love to believe that with each session we run, the confidence the children gain in their own abilities (and also the fun they have while doing it!) helps them to realise their true potential. This, and the laughter from making, creating, and debating, keeps me coming back to the project week after week


Holly Jones

Sheffield Project Coordinator

I am a recent graduate from the University of Sheffield where I studied French and History. I will be leading I’mStrong’s project in Sheffield Children’s Hospital and working with volunteers and the hospitals’ internal educational department, to create fun, engaging and educational STEM based activities for the children. I am passionate about this project because of what it offers to children who are in vulnerable situations due to illness. I believe that it will help to ease their time in hospital as well as be a gentle way to take their minds off their present situations.