We love our work because of the innovative and inspiring organisations we interact with every day. Here’s your chance to find out a bit more about some the movements we have been building over the past twelve months, and some of the partners we have been privileged to work with.
The Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Partnership (LPWP) is a grassroots community network of over 40 local groups and individuals. It’s dedicated to helping the Portuguese speaking community live healthier lives and remove the barriers they face when accessing public services.
By bringing people together across the health, social and voluntary sectors, they have developed effective new programmes to achieve this. Take the homework breakfast club and science study access programme for local school children, as one example. Or their work to empower those with long-term health conditions by providing care coordination and links to social support. For people of all ages, the LPWP is providing transformational support.
All this has been achieved through a strategic and decentralised organising approach that The Social Change Agency helped them develop. Guided by the values of inclusivity and trust, the LPWP team are always promoting greater transparency and opportunities for collaboration. It is this, as much as the transformational impact on their community, that makes them such an inspiring group to work with.
Shelter was founded more than 50 years ago as a community organisation fighting for decent housing as a human right. Today, it’s at the forefront of the movement to tackle a housing crisis that, in recent years, has exploded into a full-scale national emergency. Without a home, no one can achieve their full potential. And in a country where millions of lives are crippled by a lack of secure and decent housing, this has profound implications for society.
To meet this challenge, we helped Shelter develop an ambitious three-year strategy to mobilise more than 500,000 supporters as volunteers, donors and campaigners. Its team is bringing together broad coalitions of civil society organisations and local communities. The plan is to mobilise those coalitions to defend and extend social housing programmes and end discrimination in the housing market. On top of that, they’re supporting and training grassroots groups who are campaigning on local issues.
Getting people to do more physical activity is a major challenge as physical activity in the UK has been consistently dropping, but an essential one for our health and wellbeing. Gloucestershire Moves is a new movement that is taking on the challenge! They are doing things differently, tackling it from all angles by using a whole system approach that integrates policy infrastructure and on the ground delivery, and changing the social norms for everyone. But it’s much more than a ‘top-down’ approach of changing policies, systems and interventions. At its heart, this is about creating a social movement that’s owned by everyone.
Physical inactivity kills as many people as smoking and costs Gloucestershire’s healthcare system £9m a year. The need for a long-term, joined-up or ‘whole system’ is now recognised. Gloucestershire Moves aims to work across sport, fitness, health, education, business, communities, tourism, housing and planning to get 30,000 inactive people active and create a sustained culture of daily physical activity for everyone in Gloucestershire, bringing the county together in a movement with the scale, reach and demand to make being physically active in Gloucestershire a way of life, for life.
Trustees are in a powerful position: by deciding how a charity is managed and run, they play a central role in shaping civil society, which in turn has a central role in shaping the world around us. With the growing awareness that those in positions of power tend to represent the interests and reflect the values of people like them, you might expect to find at least some diversity in leadership here, but research shows that the majority of trustees remain male, with an average age of 60 and an incredible 92 percent of them are white.
We’ve teamed up with the Blagrave Trust to take a systematic approach to this problem and work with stakeholders and young people to build a movement of young trustees. We believe that getting more young voices into the boardroom is critical to the future of the charity world. Engaging with them now will make sure they are equipped with the skills and experience necessary to lead charities in the future as well as help succession planning for trustee boards. Whilst in the here and now, young people bring new energy, commitment, and fresh perspective to direct a charity to make it stronger and more resilient for the future.