Olympic hurdler, Sarah Claxton, one of our great hopes for the London 2012 Olympic games, recalls her initial involvement in sport and how she managed to overcome both personal and health difficulties to excel in her career as a world-class athlete.
Dame Ellen McArthur is internationally renowned for breaking the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe in 2005. In 2010 Ellen retired from professional sailing to launch the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a charity to inspire people to re-think, re-design and build a positive future.
In Bristol, an innovative project called One 25 reaches out to women trapped in street sex work, supporting them to break free and build new lives away from violence, poverty and addiction.
The Al-Hasaniya Moroccan Women's Centre serves the needs of Moroccan and Arabic-speaking women in London and the UK. They provide support on issues concerning health, welfare, education and cultural needs and seek to promote positive citizenship and greater understanding amongst communities.
Since 1981, CRASAC (The Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre) has provided a confidential, female only support and counselling service for girls and women who have been raped, sexually abused or assaulted. Their life-changing work seeks to dispel myths about sexual abuse and to empower and enable survivors to live a normal life.
Eunice McGhie-Belgrave has been an active and inspirational member of her community for over 50 years. Awarded an MBE and the Queens Jubilee Award for service to the community, UK360 went to ask people of Handsworth, Birmingham what difference Mrs Maghee makes to their lives.