We work to tackle social exclusion and enable people to transition out of crisis and progress towards independence.
Our vision is of a society without poverty where all people are valued, treated equally and lead fulfilling and productive lives.
We work with three vulnerable groups over three key life stages:
|People We Support||Life Stages We Support|
|1. Young people and adults in crisis||1. Transition to adulthood|
|2. Disabled adults and children||2. Transition to independence|
|3. Children and adults with mental health conditions||3. Transition to self-sufficiency|
Our activities are split over three areas:
1. Frontline Services
Objective: To support people to stabilise their lives and progress.
We provide specialist, personalised and integrated services to help people in crisis and support them to build the resilience they need to make recurrence of crisis less likely and improve the quality of their lives:
Social Justice Services
- Independent Advocacy – Professional advocacy that enables individuals with serious mental and physical health issues and/or disability to have their voices heard and ensures their rights are
- Safer Renting – Specialist advice, support and advocacy for vulnerable tenants of criminal landlords.
- Law Centre – Free, independent and expert legal services in housing, employment and benefit law
Education and Inclusion Services
- Playdagogy – Sports for social justice projects for children, young people and their sports trainers and educators.
- Youth Empowerment – Intensive and wrap-around schemes for excluded 16 to 25 year olds.
- Disabled Peoples’ Empowerment – Arts, sports, life skills and wellbeing clubs for disabled children and adults.
2. Our Building: A People’s Social Action Centre
Objective: To support active citizenship and community development.
Our building provides community anchor facility used by more than 100,000 people a year and offers a focal point for local communities and civic activity, a home for 13 voluntary and community organisations, provides a diversity of co-located social welfare services, and is a space where local people and agencies come together to promote and bring about positive social change
3. Research and Knowledge Exchange
Objective: To support the development of social policy and practice.
We work with research organisations to generate and collate evidence of what delivery strategies are most effective at tackling poverty and social exclusion at a local level and establish opportunities for evidence sharing and knowledge exchange. We are founding members of Locality and the International Federation of Settlements and are the UK Partner of PL4Y International.