Athlete with disability playing wheelchair hockey with stick.

Cambridge House’s roots lie in radical change

And in a desire to tackle poverty, social inequity and injustice in the communities we serve. In order to achieve this, campaigning is an increasingly important part of the work we do.

Our campaigns aim to drive transformational change in society by calling for and helping to shape changes in policy and practice that will help remove structural barriers to people’s social, economic and cultural inclusion. We utilise our unique knowledge, insights and the voices of the communities we serve to deliver powerful campaigns that lead to real change.

Take a look at some of our past  campaigns:


The Right to Housing for Disabled People Experiencing Homelessness

In 2015, our Law Centre successfully pursued a landmark case in the Supreme Court which changed the way Local Authorities approach the statutory test of vulnerability contained in the Housing Act 1996. Considered the most important case on homelessness since the homelessness provisions came into force in 1977, our legal challenge ensured that disabled people experiencing homelessness, including those who do not have children, must be assessed as legally ‘vulnerable’ and in priority need of housing.


Gentrification and Displacement – the loss of social housing in London

We co-produced the report, ‘Why We Can’t Afford to Lose it: Local Authority Housing in London Protects the Poor from Homelessness’, with Leicester University on gentrification of housing in Southwark. This research led to two conferences in 2016, and in 2017, an Economic and Social Research Council funded project ‘Gentrification, Displacement, and the Impacts of Council Estate Renewal in C21st London’.


Young People Tackling Youth Violence

Our ‘One Big Community’ project undertook a pan-London youth violence consultation with 4,600 young people in 2015 and led to a ‘Wall of Silence’ debate at City Hall, The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) recruiting one of our service users as their first youth adviser, and a series of recommendations used to initiate the current cross-party Youth Violence Commission.


Disability Discrimination within Sports Education

Academic evaluations of our ‘Playdagogy’ project by the universities of Leeds and Loughborough drove the creation of a new ‘anti-disablist’/‘anti-ableist’ sports curriculum for Sports Sans Frontières in 2016. The project continues to be delivered internationally by their successor organisation PLAY International.

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