Placing Black communities at the centre
Due to structural inequalities, the experiences and outcomes for Black people in Lambeth are, on average, significantly worse than those of their White counterparts in every sphere of life – education, employment, income, social care, housing, policing, criminal justice, wellbeing and health. We believe that the only way forward is to centre the voices, experiences and expertise of the full spectrum of Black communities in creating the change that is needed – of the people, by the people, with the people, for the people!
Using the Collective Impact model
Collective Impact was first described by Kania and Kramer in 2011; this approach recognises that complex social problems cannot be addressed by individual organisations acting alone. Instead, cross-sector collaboration is required. Therefore, whilst we don’t provide any direct services for Black residents, we do work collectively to support systems change within the borough, by connecting people and organisations.
Embedding race equity in systemic change
The various systems and the people who work within them consistently create environments that prevent Black people from thriving. We work with individuals and organisations to challenge the mindsets and imbalances of power which underpin policy development, the allocation of resources and practices. Many Black people thrive in spite of the odds that are stacked against them. We change the odds by embedding race equity into systemic change, taking the learning from these experiences, so that thriving is not the exception but becomes the rule.
Taking an intersectional approach
Black people in Lambeth do not constitute a single, homogenous group and we know that disadvantage is amplified at different intersections of social and economic circumstances and identities, such as poverty, disability, gender, sexual orientation and employment status. Our work is intersectional, as we recognise that people’s social identities can overlap, creating compounding experiences of oppression and discrimination.
Decolonising the evidence landscape
We work to disrupt the knowledge production process by critiquing existing Eurocentric research through a Black intersectional lens and actively contribute to the knowledge base by undertaking Black-led academic and/or lived experience research. This provides a foundation that can inform policy and practice and enable systems to understand what can transform the Black experience from surviving to thriving.