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Kineara Pilots Housing Advice Surgery at Surrey Square Primary School in Southwark to Tackle the Impact of Poor Housing on Education Outcomes

Kineara Pilots Housing Advice Surgery at Surrey Square Primary School in Southwark to Tackle the Impact of Poor Housing on Education Outcomes

In a new initiative and in partnership with Surrey Square, Kineara is taking an active stance in helping parents with housing issues that are impacting the lives of its students and their families. With approximately 30% of Surrey Square School’s pupils residing in temporary accommodation, there is urgent need to address the vital link between poor housing and worsened educational outcomes. 

Housing and Education

The link between housing stability and educational success is well-documented. Children experiencing living conditions that are insecure, unpredictable, far from school or lacking in adequate facilities often face numerous challenges that can hinder their learning and development.

Poor housing conditions such as those that are damp or overcrowded can also have a profound impact on the physical and mental health of children, further disrupting their ability to engage in school activities and maintain consistent attendance.

The cost of housing also contributes to food poverty meaning many children turn up to school hungry and not in a good physical or mental position to learn or concentrate.

The situations I have witnessed at the school highlight the immense stress and burden faced by parents and guardians. There is a prevailing sense of guilt due to the crisis they are navigating, and it is evident how this stress affects their children, who become hostages to their parents’ struggles. This impact extends to both the children’s well-being and their academic achievements.

– Queenie Rushton, Housing Support Practitioner, Kineara

Addressing Housing Issues 

For these reasons, the drop-in surgery at Surrey Square Primary School aims to provide much-needed housing advice to parents and carers who are struggling with housing issues. Kineara will be supporting parents and carers experiencing problems with temporary accommodation, private renting, as well as providing advice on connecting with Southwark council, mediating with private landlords, providing direct support, and signposting for support with the interrelated issues of physical and mental health, employment, and financial concerns.    

At Surrey Square Primary School, we have a long history of carrying out meaningful and impactful family work, including supporting many families whose housing conditions fall well below expected and acceptable standardsWe have therefore been delighted to pilot this project in collaboration with colleagues at Kineara, and have welcomed their expertise and detailed case-work for our most vulnerable families. We have already seen the positive impact of this and are keen to continue seeing the fruits of this partnership

 – Fiona Carrick-Davies, Family & Community Co-ordinator 

By addressing housing issues head-on, Surrey Square Primary School is taking a proactive approach to tackle the cycle of disadvantage that many of its students face. This support can empower families to make informed decisions and improve their living conditions. 

Commenting on the new partnership, Kineara’s founder Maria Morgan said:

We are hopeful that this model will demonstrate and reinforce the value of connecting with and supporting people in the very places where the effects of housing inequality are evidenced. All too often we hear about teachers having to act as housing workers for their student’s families, because the housing emergency is so desperate.

By addressing one of the root causes of educational disparities and actively supporting families dealing with housing challenges, support like this, if extended into other educational environments, could allow teachers to focus on teaching. This emergency is detrimentally impacting everyone across the education system -parents, teachers, and most sadly, children who all deserve the foundation of a stable home.

The connection between housing, health, and educational outcomes is undeniable. This initiative underscores the importance of holistic approaches to education and serves as an inspiration for other schools to follow suit. 

Kineara hopes to work with more schools, by offering housing advice to families facing housing insecurity.  

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Challenges Being Faced by Newly Processed Refugees Trying To Find Housing in London

Challenges Being Faced by Newly Processed Refugees Trying To Find Housing in London

London has long been a destination for people seeking refuge from their war-torn or unstable home countries. However, the road to safety and stability for asylum seekers in the UK’s capital is far from smooth, as our housing team are seeing first hand. In this blog, we will shed light on the challenges faced by refugees in London when it comes to finding accommodation, and Kineara’s support of a looming crisis in Southwark.


A Growing Crisis

Across the UK since August 2023, the British Red Cross has reported a 140% increase in the number of people with refugee status becoming destitute. London is no exception to this: The asylum-seeking population in London is on the rise, with an estimated 1,200 individuals in Southwark alone expected to be processed and receive refugee status towards the end of 2023. The majority lack priority status for housing, making their path towards finding a safe and stable home all the more challenging.

To make matters worse, once an asylum seeker is granted refugee status, the Home Office serves eviction notices from the temporary accommodations in which they have been residing (hotels and hostels, sometimes even through private landlords).  Many charities are reporting that the notice period of this eviction from TA for refugees has fallen from 28 days to around 7 days as the government attempts to clear the huge backlog of asylum seekers by the end of 2023. This looming threat only adds to the anxiety and uncertainty they face daily, including the prospect of rough sleeping.

Delayed Access to Benefits

Newly processed refugees cannot approach local authorities for support or apply for Universal Credit until they receive their biometric residence permit (BRP) card. Unfortunately, processing delays can result in refugees having a highly unrealistic few days to set up benefits and secure accommodation, adding to the urgency and stress of their situation.

Understanding the Housing Market

Understanding the housing market and its processes is a daunting task for refugees. With little to no prior knowledge of how things work in the UK, they may find themselves vulnerable to exploitation, discrimination, and substandard living conditions.

The Language Barrier

A key obstacle refugees encounter in finding housing is the language barrier. Many do not speak English, making it difficult to navigate the complex world of housing in a foreign country. This linguistic challenge can lead to miscommunications and misunderstandings with landlords and authorities, or simply not knowing where to start.

The Financial Strain

For those under 35 and lacking priority status, the financial challenge is monumental. With only approximately £515 available through London Housing Allowance, the dream of finding affordable accommodation becomes increasingly elusive. Rents in London and its outskirts are skyrocketing due to high demand and limited supply, making it nearly impossible for asylum seekers to secure safe and affordable housing.

Moreover, many rental agencies do not prioritise tenants on housing benefits (DSS), narrowing to the already limited housing options.

Lack of Local Authority Support

Asylum seekers often find themselves alone in this battle. Local authorities do not offer support to refugees seeking accommodation in the Private Rented Sector. This lack of assistance further exacerbates the struggles they face when trying to secure a place to live.

Addressing the Issue in Southwark

Kineara has joined a task force established by Southwark Law Centre to address this crisis. Within this group, our intention is to participate in a weekly drop-in surgery organised by the Southwark Refugee Communities Forum. This initiative aims to assist refugees under 25, not categorised as being in priority need, in gaining access to private rented accommodation. We are also planning on holding workshops to help people understand housing processes in the UK and how the rental market works, as well as providing advice around relocation beyond London itself.

 

The challenges faced by asylum seekers in London when it comes to finding accommodation are complex and multi-faceted. Language barriers, a lack of understanding of the housing market, financial constraints, and a lack of local authority support make their journey towards stable housing an arduous one. With increasing numbers seeking asylum, it is crucial for policymakers, local authorities, and communities to come together to find solutions and offer support to those in need, ensuring that everyone has a chance at a safe and secure place to call home.

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Maria Morgan addresses Healthy City Design Congress, advocating for building and sustaining better urban health through safe, secure housing

Maria Morgan addresses Healthy City Design Congress, advocating for building and sustaining better urban health through safe, secure housing

Kineara’s founder, Maria Morgan, last night delivered a compelling keynote talk at the recent Healthy City Design International Congress, emphasising the critical need housing and health equity in our communities. The event, sponsored by Kineara’s partner Impact on Urban Health (IOUH), provided a platform for Maria to highlight Kineara’s mission and work, and to discuss the urgent need for meaningful collaboration between housing and health sectors.

Maria addresses the audience at the keynote session

In her thought-provoking speech, Maria Morgan emphasized the importance of focusing on the most “vulnerable” individuals within our communities. The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the significance of our living spaces, highlighting the essential relationship between housing and health. During the pandemic, many communities experienced overcrowding, long-standing disrepair, loss of income, mental and physical health challenges, and financial concerns. Research shows that poor-quality housing has a significant impact on an individual’s health, costing the NHS billions each year.

Maria stressed the need for bold collaboration, learning from past mistakes, forward-thinking, and critical discussions regarding housing and health in challenging times, drawing attention to the fact that over 90% of Kineara’s clients experience high levels of stress and anxiety, leading to physical health issues, because of being housing insecure. She highlighted the importance of conferences like Healthy City Design in promoting urban renewal and health equity, where rich conversations and meaningful actions can take place.

The speech also drew attention to the basic human needs described by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, with an emphasis on the first tier, which includes shelter. In this tier, challenges such as air quality, food poverty, housing affordability, and safety were noted. Maria Morgan called for a stronger focus on addressing these most basic needs for better health outcomes, so everyone, including the most vulnerable, can go on to play an active role in addressing issues such as climate change and creating thriving cities and communities.

It was encouraging to hear a growing appreciation and active acknowledgement from the building planning, architecture, and Urban renewal arenas, of the link between health and housing, and their work with councils in considering wellbeing in the design process.

With Impact on Urban Health’s involvement in the conference, I’m hopeful we will begin to see a growing presence of cross-sector collaboration from ground roots organisation, housing associations, designers, architects, and of course the voice of the community, contributing to these important conversations.

Maria Morgan

Maria’s speech served as a powerful call to action. Kineara’s holistic approach, its dedication to supporting vulnerable communities, and its advocacy for the critical relationship between housing and health act as a blueprint towards achieving healthier and more equitable urban environments.

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Empowering Collaboration in the Private Rented Sector: Kineara hosts event to discuss the highs and lows of renting in London and bust myths about landlords and tenants  

Empowering Collaboration in the Private Rented Sector: Kineara hosts event to discuss the highs and lows of renting in London and bust myths about landlords and tenants  

We were thrilled to host an insightful event at The Bridge in Southwark, London, bringing together an inspiring mix of landlords, support workers, and other council stakeholders from the Private Rented Sector. The event aimed to foster collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by all those involved in the rental market and included a performance by Cardboard Citizens. Here’s a recap of the key highlights and takeaways from the event.

Creating Stronger Connections

One of the most remarkable aspects of the event was the sense of community and camaraderie that permeated the room. Landlords, support workers, and council stakeholders engaged in open dialogues, exchanging ideas, and sharing experiences. The event provided a place for attendees to network and build meaningful connections that we hope have the potential to lead to long-term collaborations.

Making licensing work for landlords

Local licensing plays a crucial role in improving standards in the sector, and the financial schemes that are available as a result support landlords to promote sustainable investments in the Private Rented Sector. During the event, attendees had the opportunity to learn about various financial schemes available in the local area. These schemes offer assurance to landlords who may have concerns about renting to tenants receiving benefits or support services. but also contribute to the overall stability of the rental market.

Kineara’s Tenancy Sustainment Support

Attendees also gained insights into how landlords can work collaboratively with support services like Kineara to avoid the cost and stress of eviction. The tenancy sustainment approach not only benefits renters but also contributes to a positive and mutually beneficial landlord-tenant relationship.

Challenging Stigmas and Fostering Understanding

Challenging stereotypes is essential in creating a fair and equitable rental market. Cardboard Citizens led the group with moving and powerful monologues, which were created using the real input of a tenant and a local landlord we’ve worked with and brought to life. Through insightful discussions, the event addressed the stigmas held about both landlords and tenants receiving support services and animated the variety of ways tenants and landlords feel about the housing crisis and how they negotiate it. By challenging these preconceptions, it is hoped that attendees left the event with a renewed commitment to building inclusive communities and providing a supportive environment for all stakeholders in the Private Rented Sector.

Future Prospects

The success of event has inspired us to plan more engaging gatherings in the future. We are committed to continuing our efforts in empowering both landlords and renters, and facilitating partnerships between landlords, support workers, and council stakeholders. Future events will build upon the knowledge shared and create even greater opportunities for growth and collaboration in the rental market.

Kineara’s founder, Maria Morgan, commented:

“I left the PRS networking event feeling energised about the possibility of building a network where everyone in the room feels safe to share their views and leaves feeling heard. Whether you are a landlord, tenant, estate agent, Council or support service. It’s potentially the beginning of something special, where a versatile collection of voices can have meaning and add understanding to the challenging complex landscape of housing.”

A Word of Thanks

We extend our sincere gratitude to all attendees who made the event a resounding success. Your active participation, valuable insights, and enthusiasm contributed to the event’s vibrancy and impact. We would also like to express our appreciation to the organisers, speakers, and contributors for their support in delivering and facilitating a much-needed conversation.

Stay Connected

We encourage all attendees to stay connected with us for updates on future events, workshops, and networking opportunities. Let’s keep the conversations going and work together to create a stronger, more resilient Private Rented Sector.

We look forward to seeing you all at our future gatherings, and together, let’s continue to make a positive impact in the rental market.

If you would like to be invited to our next event, please email Sandra Axell at saxell@kineara.co.uk

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Secretary of State Gives Green Light to One of the Nation’s Largest Landlord Licensing Schemes

Secretary of State Gives Green Light to One of the Nation’s Largest Landlord Licensing Schemes

Southwark Council has received approval from the Secretary of State to implement one of the country’s most extensive private landlord licensing schemes, signalling improved support for private renters.

This new scheme follows the introduction of two previous licensing initiatives: a borough-wide additional licensing scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and a smaller selective licensing scheme, initially piloted for 6 months, that covered about 6,000 properties and successfully rolled out thereafter for a five-year period.

The primary aim of the licensing scheme is to address renters’ major concerns, including unattended repairs, unresponsive landlords, and problems of damp and mould, which is a priority issue for the council. The scheme also intends to assist private tenants facing challenges related to the cost of living crisis, including fuel poverty.


Councillor Dora Dixon-Fyle, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, expressed satisfaction with the extended licensing scheme, emphasising the importance of working with landlords to improve housing standards and overall renting experience for residents.


This month, the selective licensing has been expanded to include a total of 19 out of the 23 wards in the borough. Starting from November 1 this year, additional wards will also require licensing to further enhance rental property standards and support private tenants in those areas.

Full article from Southwark Council here

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London Housing Panel, Chaired by Kineara, Demands Urgent Action on Homelessness Crisis

London Housing Panel, Chaired by Kineara, Demands Urgent Action on Homelessness Crisis

London’s homelessness crisis has reached an alarming peak, with recent statistics revealing an exceptional number of households living in temporary accommodation since 2005. Amid this pressing situation, the London Housing Panel, in collaboration with London’s Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, Tom Copley, and the London Housing Directors Group, has taken a stand to address the plight of thousands of homeless households trapped in temporary housing.

Kineara, as the Chair of the Working Group on Temporary Accommodation under the London Housing Panel, has played a central role in drafting and coordinating the delivery of the open letter to the government, demanding immediate action.

The Crisis at Hand

The open letter, addressed to the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, expresses collective alarm over the escalating homelessness crisis in London. While homelessness is a nationwide issue, it has hit the capital particularly hard, with nearly 60% of all households in temporary accommodation located in London. The situation is compounded by an unprecedented crisis in the procurement, supply and low standard of temporary accommodation, making it more critical than ever to find sustainable solutions.


Call for Government Action

One of the Working Group’s primary objectives is to advocate for improved housing conditions and support vulnerable individuals and families stuck in temporary accommodations that are often not fit for purpose and are far from temporary.


In the letter, the collective demands urgent government intervention to address the key challenges faced by those in temporary housing. One critical concern is to ensure that stays in temporary accommodation are as short, safe, and healthy as possible, with a strong emphasis on finding permanent homes swiftly. The Working Group calls for an increase in Discretionary Housing Payment funding to support local authorities during this crisis.


Key Proposals for Action

The open letter highlights three essential areas that demand immediate attention:

  1. Preventing Homelessness: The letter urges long-term investment in new and existing social rented homes as the most effective way to reduce the number of households in temporary accommodation and address housing inequalities. Raising Long-term Local Housing Allowance (LHA) levels is essential to prevent further homelessness and facilitate local authorities in sourcing suitable temporary accommodation.
  2. Raising Standards: The inconsistency and poor standards in temporary accommodation pose significant challenges. The Working Group calls for new, enforceable national standards consistent with decent homes standards, applicable to all properties used for temporary accommodation, irrespective of ownership or immigration status.
  3. Children in Temporary Accommodation: Kineara and the Working Group is dedicated to placing all children housed in temporary accommodation under the Children Act or homelessness legislation, ensuring that they have access to proper kitchen facilities. Additionally, the proposal includes the development of manuals in every borough to aid families settling in and accessing essential support services.

    Conclusion

    The collaboration between the London Housing Panel, London’s Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, and the London Housing Directors Group, with Kineara’s leadership, has led to a powerful call to action. The open letter demands immediate government attention to alleviate the hardships faced by homeless households in London. It is hoped that the government will respond promptly and work alongside various stakeholders to find comprehensive and sustainable solutions to the city’s growing homelessness crisis.

To read the full open letter, click here

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New network launches to tackle ill-health linked to poor housing

New network launches to tackle ill-health linked to poor housing

Today sees the launch of the Health and Housing Impact Network, created by Future for London and supported by Impact on Urban Health.

In response to London’s housing issues and the well-documented links between housing, health and wellbeing, the Network brings together experts from cross-sector groups that will aim to create more opportunities to join up thinking and action to tackle health inequalities.

We are excited to share that Kineara’s founder, Maria Morgan, is now on the steering group for the newly launched network to which she will bring extensive knowledge and experience of housing and wider community issues.

Maria shares her thoughts on the new network here 

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Impact Report 2022: 10 Years of Breaking barriers

Impact Report 2022: 10 Years of Breaking barriers

As we celebrate 10 years of Kineara, we’ve launched our 2022 Impact Report which captures the difference we’ve made to people’s lives through our services since 2012.

Over the last decade, Kineara has reached nearly 1200 individuals in 600 households to break down barriers to secure housing, avoid homelessness, tackle financial hardship and access income, find employment, and receive meaningful support for their emotional wellbeing.

Holistic working has been central to the difference we’ve made in people’s lives and the meaningful support we’ve delivered, be it through intensive short programmes, drop-in support or long-term interventions. We’ve worked with people from the ages of 4 to 72 from all kinds of backgrounds and experiences in more than 15 partnerships across London, and created tailored activities that make the crucial difference to each individual in their most challenging of times. Over 250 households have been supported to avoid evictions, sustain tenancies, move out of temporary accommodation, and find a new and suitable home. Hundreds more have been supported with advocacy around disrepair or adapted homes, registering for social or supported housing, accessing housing benefits and discretionary housing payments.

Most recently, our Southwark Private Renters Project has raised over £4000 in additional income for households to cover move-in costs, buy furniture or household essentials, access the internet, travel and buy food and clothing. We’ve supported households to access discretionary housing payments and grants, and partnered with local and national organisations to provide SIM cards, mental health support, Christmas packages and employment/training opportunities. We’ve mediated with landlords and worked with solicitors in cases of unlawful behaviour in a third of cases, and found new homes with longer tenancies at a manageable rent for 20 families who had been facing homelessness.

In addition, we’ve provided over 100 intensive programmes and 30 counselling services to primary aged pupils from low-income households in the last decade, working closely with them and their parents to manage over 30 different holistic concerns, improving communication and emotional wellbeing in pupils and providing additional wraparound care to both parents and the school community.

Our work complex because the poverty makes the lives of the people we meet complex. Food, fuel, furniture, digital poverty can’t be separated. And structural realities like immigration status; health conditions and disability; experience of care, prison or homelessness; race and gender discrimination, also can’t be managed in isolation because of how they intersect. A single family may be facing many interwoven challenges that all contribute in some way to, for example, being housing insecure. To make a meaningful difference we put people in charge of the support they receive, and support them however we can to provide a surer footing than when we first met them.

Maria Morgan, our Director, says: “In the middle of these challenging waves of change, Kineara’s lighthouses have helped us stand through these stormy times.

Lighthouses for me represent stability, safety, guidance, direction, and hope. Kineara values and vision are our lighthouses: integrity, trustworthy, purpose-led, teamwork, partnership, holistic, community focused, impactful, consistent, hopeful, belief and faith.

Our hope is Kineara continue to be a lighthouse for the people and community we are so blessed to serve. Thank you for your support and belief in what we do here at Kineara. Here is to another 10 years and more of breaking down barriers.”

You can read the 2022 Impact Report here.

You can follow more updates on our impact here.

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New Covid eviction prevention project for Southwark residents gets underway

New Covid eviction prevention project for Southwark residents gets underway

PRESS RELEASE
November 2020

Our new programme will provide essential intensive support to renters in the private sector who are threatened with eviction

We’re excited to announce a new Covid Private Renters Project for tenants in Southwark, delivering our intensive 10-week intervention with residents with complex needs to address arrears, financial hardship, health and wellbeing concerns that have led to an insecure tenancy.

We’ve developed a unique intervention for tenants and landlords that combines intensive practical and wellbeing support, legal advice, and mediation. It is designed to meet a pressing current need in which legal uncertainties around eviction, increasing arrears and financial hardship, and insecure employment could potentially lead to a rise in homelessness across the UK. The project aims to prevent that by strengthening landlord-tenant communication and supporting mediation, as well as specialist legal support provided our partners, Southwark Law Centre.

The programme will be delivered in partnership with Southwark Council and Southwark Law Centre with funding from Guys’ and St Thomas’ Charity. As the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated, housing is a key driver of health, and secure, safe housing is foundational to our health outcomes. We’re excited to be collaborating with these partners to support the health and wellbeing of residents in the Southwark by addressing housing as a social determinant of health.

Councillor Helen Dennis, cabinet member for social support and homelessness, said: “Tackling homelessness has always been best approached as prevention rather than cure. So we’re delighted to be able to support those in the private sector who are vulnerable to becoming homeless due to eviction. Alongside Kineara and Southwark Law Centre, we hope to use a collaborative approach to help people remain in a safe and secure home with their families, especially during such difficult and economically uncertain times.”

The project comes at a critical time for renters in the private sector, as the Government’s eviction moratorium came to an end on 20th September. Shelter estimates that over 300,000 renters have fallen into arrears since the pandemic started, with perhaps many more in danger of being made homeless once the furlough scheme ends and unemployment rises.

Kieron Boyle, CEO at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity says: “We know that the economic impact of the pandemic disproportionately affects those who already shoulder the greatest burden of ill health. We’re delighted to be working with Kineara, Southwark Council and the Southwark Law Centre to protect the health of those at risk of eviction. Through a package of practical support we can help prevent insecure housing driving health inequalities. This will have impact locally as well as important lessons for national policy.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

About Kineara

Kineara is an award winning community interest company that offers holistic support services to families, individuals and young people going through challenges in housing, education and employment.

About Southwark Law Centre

Southwark Law Centre is a charity whose mission is the relief of poverty, suffering and distress through the provision of free, specialist and confidential legal advice.

About Guys’ St Thomas’ Charity

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity is an independent urban health foundation. They work with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and others to improve health in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, and beyond.

For media enquiries contact Melanie Sirinathsingh on 07800545607 and msirinathsingh@kineara.co.uk, or visit our website www.kineara.co.uk

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Putting racial equity on our agenda

Putting racial equity on our agenda

June 2020

In the last few weeks, the disproportionate effects of Covid-19 on BME people, the Government’s pandemic responses, and police brutality in Black communities the US and the UK have brought the impacts of racial inequality back into full public view.

As a non-profit working in some of London’s most diverse and most unequal boroughs, we feel it is important at this time to make clear our solidarity with the protestors taking to the streets in the last few weeks, and with Black communities and organisations who have been challenging racism in the myriad of ways it manifests.

We also write these words on behalf of the people we represent and work to support, and centering their experience. While our work doesn’t involve us directly in racial justice campaigning, we aim to break down barriers for people living at the sharp end of poverty and inequality. We support people to navigate a system (be it housing, education, or welfare) that is often discriminatory or marginalising, and to manage the system as it impacts them – all the while understanding how culture, family networks, community belonging and identity marks our experiences. This is an important part of our systemic and strength-based support.

We want, humbly, to issue a call to those in our sector – non-profits services, charities, trusts and funders, social enterprises or community interest companies – to speak up and speak out. Many of our organisations work is full view of the racial marginalisation that persists in our society. We work to combat the effects of the trauma it causes and barriers it creates.

But too often we do so without centering or naming the cause. Racial inequalities in housing, health, wealth, education, and criminal justice don’t happen by accident, they are the result of systemic and institutionalised racism is deeply engrained in our public and private institutions – including in the non-profit sector. Campaigns like #CharitySoWhite and organisations like the Ubele Initiative are bringing light to this issue.

As a multicultural team, we believe it’s important for these conversations to be alive in the work place,  and for leaders to create a safe, non-judgemental space that invites open dialogue about race and inequality. These conversations encourage us to look at self, our interactions with others and our own practice with the communities we serve.

Long-term systemic change will not come from just one community voice but with voices from all racial, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. This moment requires collective action to shine a light on the movement for Black lives and racial equality for all.

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