Our facilitation team works collaboratively with multiple organisations, people, and projects to create meaningful changes to systems across society in order to improve outcomes for all Black communities in Lambeth.
We work strategically and collaboratively to improve outcomes for Black children, young people, and families in Lambeth. Our aim is for Black children and young people in the borough to be as likely to achieve positive life outcomes as their white counterparts. Our work and the work of our partners therefore includes focusing on:
The aim of our employment workstream is to influence and improve employment systems. Poverty is identified as a key driver of most negative outcomes for people – in education, social care, health, homelessness, and crime. Unemployment and low wages contribute to the reasons why people experience poverty. Due to structural barriers, Black people are more likely to be unemployed and when employed are more likely to be in low paid and insecure jobs.
Our work focuses on embedding the voices of Black and Disabled people in providing research and solutions, to work with the anchor institutions involved in the employment and healthcare systems in the borough.
There is long-established evidence that suggests that Black people have poorer access, experiences, and outcomes in mental health services than White people.
Despite these poor outcomes, there are limited opportunities to meaningfully engage communities in coproduction and codesign of services, there are insufficient culturally appropriate mental health services, and the system does not support a positive environment which sees recovery as possible for Black service users.
The aims of our work on adult mental health are:
Aside from our distinct focus on Children, Young People and Families, we recognise that there are many sections of the Black Lambeth Community that need to be included in conversations with statutory organisations and key system shapers.
We also engage with the following groups and many more:
Lambeth has a rich history of queer culture, communities and activism that continues to thrive today. However, Black queer communities in Lambeth still struggle to access appropriate services and support that meets their needs and are often systematically excluded from service design and evaluation, as well as research. Our LGBTQIA+ work cuts across all our projects, ensuring that we apply an intersectional and anti-oppression lens throughout.
Black Working Age Adults suffer worse outcomes compared to their white counterparts with regards to their health and wellbeing. We believe this is due to systemic failures. We work therefore to improve systems across three areas:
Evidence shows that due to an accumulation of disadvantages built up over the course of their lives, older Black people are much less likely to have a good quality of life compared to their white counterparts across key areas such as financial security, housing, transport, physical and mental health (including dementia). We want to ensure that their voices and experiences are represented and considered when developing and delivering policies and services.
We work with older Black communities and system players in Lambeth to improve the lives and reduce inequalities for Black people who have reached state pension age and have chosen to retire.