Equalities (including faith groups)

Includes useful resources, links and external publications.......

London Funders' Publications

BAME groups and the recession
(2009) Meeting of London Funders and MiNet

Equalities: What next for funders?

Funding faith communities
(2008) Meeting of funders on the complexities and controversies


Equality Act 2010
NCVO has useful material on its website to help voluntary organisations understand what implementation of the Act means for their management and services. There is a quick overview and this leads to further guidance, especially resources for employers.

Equality duty – new requirements
Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance on the Equality Act 2010 which requires public authorities to tackle discrimination, harassment or victimisation in relation to age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. The Act expects public authorities to advance equality of opportunity as well as fostering good relations between different groups.  An online starter kit from Commission’s website.

Faith and Cohesion Unit resources
The Charity Commission has published resources for faith-based charities. This guide includes how to develop a governing document for faith-based groups preparing to register with the Commission, a pre-registration checklist to track registration progress and three case studies of mosques showing good governance.

External Publications

Are you saying I’m Racist?
Trust for London, 2012.
An evaluation of work to tackle racist violence in three areas of London.

Building Our Futures
Trust for London
Report on action research on the HR challenges for deaf and disabled people’s organisations (DDPOs) in employing disabled people; and recommendations about better training and support and guidelines for funders and commissioners on working with DDPOs.

Capital Losses: The state of the BME ending violence against women and girls sector in London
Imkaan, April 2016

Capital Losses provides insight into the state of our sector, and offers the new Mayor an opportunity to ‘break the mould’ and to ensure that BME women and girls are able to access safety, freedom and justice. Independent, dedicated BME led women’s organisations have been a critical part of ending VAWG work in London.

The Chrysalis Project
Commonweal Housing and St Mungo’s, 2013
An informative evaluation report on work since 2009 to stop women failing in progress from substance dependency and street prostitution at the point when they leave a supportive hostel environment and start to live independently. The project eases the transition by taking women from high support, through semi-independence and then to self-contained accommodation with some continuing help and advice. Full findings of the Chrysalis evaluation here.

The class pay gap within Britain's professions, Social Mobility Commission (January 2017)

New research commissioned by the Social Mobility Commission highlighting the gap in earnings between professional people from poorer backgrounds compared to their peers from more affluent backgrounds. The report finds that people from less privileged backgrounds face a £6,800 class pay gap.

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Cohesion and equality: guidance for funders
Equality and Human Rights Commission, 2009
Guidance for primarily for public sector funders but with wider relevance. The report provides analysis and ideas on tackling disadvantage and promoting equality alongside work on cohesion. Advice on equality issues for funding single-issue groups is also comprehensively covered. 

Diminishing dollars for social justice philanthropy
Foundation Center and Cricket Island Foundation, USA, 2011
Social justice grantmakers in the US have been disproportionately affected by the global financial crisis and remain vulnerable to economic shocks. Foundations with less than $50 million in assets are struggling the most to recover from the economic downturn and social justice non-profits are having difficulty finding new funders; some foundations are slowly, if unintentionally, depleting their assets, which could mean further reduction in social justice grantmaking.

Distant Neighbours: Poverty and inequality in Islington
Joe Penny, Faiza Shaheen, Sarah Lyall, October 2013
This report identifies challenges as well as areas for action. Cripplegate Foundation's response, How We Will Respond, details what Cripplegate have taken from the research and their plan of action in response to the findings.

Divided City: The value of mixed communities in expensive neighbourhoods
Katie Bates, Laura Lane, Anne Power, Nicola Serle (2013)
This LSE Housing and Communities reports on tenants of Octavia Housing. 

The Double Jeapordy Project – Full Report
Alasdair Stuart at MBARC (August 2013)
The Double Jeopardy Project has been run by MBARC and funded by Trust for London, in partnership with The Metro Centre and Praxis. The aims of the project were to test guidance which enabled migrant, refugee community organisations (MRCOs) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) organisations to be more inclusive and welcoming of LGBTI, asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.

The economic contribution of older Londoners
Alasdair Barrett (2013)
This report attempts to identify, quantify and value the economic contribution made by older Londoners through their paid work, caring roles and volunteering. Direct any queries about this research to GLA economics

Ensuring a level playing field: funding faith based organisations to provide publicly funded services
Communities and Local Government, 2010
Guidance for local government on working with and funding faith groups.

Faith matters: understanding the size, income and focus of faith-based charities
NPC (June 2016)
Faith-based charities make up 27% of the charity sector. This report looks at the attributes of this group of organisations.

Fear & Hope 2016: Race, Faith and Belonging in today’s England
Hope not Hate 
This report says England today is a tolerant and confident multicultural society. It looks at how society has changed over the last five years and is based on interviews with over 4,000 people.

The female voice in violence
Race on the Agenda (ROTA), 2011
A research report which highlights concerns about the lack of appropriate services and policies available to help women and girls caught up in gangs or associated with, or related to gang members, who become victims of sexual abuse and violence.

Fresh perspectives: a needs analysis of the Irish community in London
London Irish Centre and Federation of Irish Societies, 2012
A survey of vulnerable Irish people in London shows continuing disadvantage in the older Irish community, vulnerability of recent migrants, and social and health disadvantages for Irish carers, highlighting the need for more culturally sensitive services because isolation in the London Irish community contributes to poor health outcomes and, for recent migrants, there is a causal link between poorly planned migration and poor mental health. Executive Summary and full report here .

Funding for inclusion: women and girls in the equation
Mama Cash and GrantCraft (funded by Barrow Cadbury Trust), 2012
Research into what inspires 31 foundations based in different parts of Europe to support women and girls and address gender and other aspects of social identity. This report covers specific projects and programmes and how foundations have mainstreamed gender perspectives into their work, including looking at gender ratios on board, staff, and grants and advisory committees. The guide uses a broad definition of gender (including trans people) and provides insights into how a gender lens offers an opportunity to shed light on differences that may otherwise remain invisible and negatively influence the effectiveness of a foundation’s efforts.

Hidden hurt

Agenda (January 2016)

Agenda – the alliance for women and girls at risk – states that around 1.2 million women living in England are subjected to extensive, lifelong physical and sexual abuse and violence. It says that women who suffer from such experiences are around twice as likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms as soldiers returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hearing the voice of gypsies and travellers
Working paper, Andrew Ryder, Third Sector Research Centre, 2012
An overview of the origins and development of tenants’ and residents’ associations amongst gypsies and travellers, identifying good practice and practical guidance on how to overcome obstacles to community development, with useful evidence of the role associations can play in tackling economic and social inclusion.
Find the document here: www.tsrc.ac.uk (under ‘latest research’).

Housing associations and provision for destitute migrants
Housing and Migration Network, 2012
How housing associations and charities can together provide short-term housing and support for destitute asylum seekers and other migrants, and especially concerned with destitute asylum seekers with no access to public funds but some prospect of regularising their status. 

Housing and Migration: A UK Guide to issues and solutions
CIH for the Housing and Migration Network, 2012
Guidance backed up by practical examples of how the UK housing sector can support new migrants and the neighbourhoods in which they live and work. The Network recognises that migration adds to existing pressure on housing markets at neighbourhood level with examples geared towards the role of local housing authorities and social landlords on areas such as how to use existing data sources to build population profiles; developing neighbourhood approaches that are inclusive of both new migrants and existing residents.

The Challenge, October 2016
This report sets out our ideas on how to promote integration in London. Excellent work has been done elsewhere on the value of citizenship, national identity and economic inclusion strategies in promoting integration. But promoting meaningful contact between Londoners from different ethnic, socio-economic and age groups (“cross-community contact”) should be at the heart of Mayor Khan’s approach.

Is Britain fairer? The state of equality and human rights 2015
Equality and Human Rights Commission (October 2015)
This is the statutory five-yearly report on equality and human rights progress in England, Scotland and Wales. It looks at education, work, the economy, health and care, justice and security, and sets out a series of recommendations, including closing attainment gaps in education, encouraging democratic participation and improving access to mental health.

Islam and Citizenship Education project
A report from London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

It happens here: equipping the UK to fight modern slavery
Centre for Social Justice, 2013
Report on shocking numbers of people affected by modern day slavery in the UK, with a large proportion of cases not reported or even recognised and little willingness by government to address the problem adequately. The report makes recommendations to improve the situation.

Living with difference: community diversity and the common good

Woolf Institute (December 2015)

The religious landscape has been transformed in this country in the last few decades with more people identifying themselves as non-religious, while there is a growth in religions other than Christianity. This report looks at the place and role of religion and belief in Britain, considers emerging trends and identities and makes a number of recommendations around public life and policy.

London LGBT Voluntary and Community Sector Almanac, 1st edition
Kairos, 2011
Statistical and strategic information about London’s diverse LGBT voluntary and community sector, to provide an information base for LGBT voluntary and community organisations to help with development and strategic planning and support arguments for better resources. This is the most comprehensive mapping of the London LGBT sector to date, with a sector analysis, profiles of LGBT organisations; and articles on community engagement written by prominent and experienced figures in the LGBT voluntary and activist community. Available at £25.00. orders can be made via email; info@kairosinsoho.org.uk or see their website www.kairosinsoho.org.uk for further information. In early 2012 information was being collected for a second edition.

Making the links: poverty, ethnicity and social networks
Angus McCabe et al, (2013)
This research is part of JRF’s focus on the links between poverty and ethnicity. It examines how social networks help or hinder people in moving out of poverty and looks at whether this varies within and between different ethnic groups living in urban and rural England.

No Longer Invisible
Cathy McIlwaine, Juan Camilo Cock and Brian Linneker, Queen Mary, University of London, 2011
Research jointly commissioned by Trust for London and the Latin American Women’s Rights Service on London’s Latin American community. Despite increasing numbers of Latin Americans moving to London very little has been known about this community. This research provides the first large-scale survey of this population and explores key economic and social features of the Latin American community in London.

Observer article - London can't become home only to the rich
This Observer editorial discusses property prices and the impact that it will have on the population of London, say that ‘London will love the  people who give it its soul’.

Picking up the pieces: domestic violence and child contact
Rights of Women and CWASU, 2012
A report based on the experience of women and legal professionals in London, of the law, policy and practice in child contact proceedings involving women and their violent ex-partners. Case studies, quotes and statistical data combine to show how far the system still fails to respond appropriately to domestic violence, with three-quarters of women concerned for their safety while attending court and just over half representing themselves in court proceedings.

Positive contact or “white flight”?: why whites in diverse places are more tolerant of immigration
LSE, 2015
New research by Eric Kaufmann finds that local diversity does lead to more tolerant white attitudes and this is not the result of ‘white flight’. The results suggest that, as more locales become diverse, there will be more interethnic contact and more positive white attitudes to outgroups.

Refugees, migrants and the Equality Act 2010: A briefing for refugee and migrant community organisations
REAP, 2011
This briefing is intended to support refugee and migrant community organisations in their efforts to ensure that public authorities understand and uphold the conditions under the Equality Act 2010 with regard to the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.

Refused: the experiences of women denied asylum in the UK
Kamena Dorling, Marchu Girma and Natasha Walter, Women for Refugee Women, 2012
Funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Barrow Cadbury Trust, this research includes individual case studies and details the breadth of issues to which funders can provide positive contributions.

The riot roundtables - race and the riots of August 2011
Ojeaku Nwabuzo, Runnymede, 2012
Runnymede reports on the Riot Roundtables project, recording discussiona between local decision-makers, professionals, young people and members of the community to find out what happened during the riots and what can be done to prevent something similar happening again. From this analysis Runnymede believes that race played a role in the riots

Seeking an Inclusive Europe: Foundation Grantmaking for Countering Ethnic and Religious Bias and Xenophobia, Ariadne (February 2017)

Seeking an Inclusive Europe: Foundation Grantmaking for Countering Ethnic and Religious Bias and Xenophobia is the first-ever study of the philanthropic community’s response to ongoing discrimination and increasing violence and the need for greater cultural understanding, inclusion, and equity. It enables foundations active in addressing bias and promoting social change and rights across Europe to understand their grantmaking priorities in the context of the larger funder community. For foundations that want to become active, it offers numerous examples of approaches funders are taking to address these issues.

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Shaping the future: Getting the best for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Children and Young People - Seminar series report
ROTA, December 2013
Between November 2011 and October 2013 ROTA delivered the Shaping the Future seminar series, which considered some of the main challenges facing London’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) children and young people and their families, following a difficult economic period and wide-spread policy reforms and public spending cuts. This final report provides an overview of the seminars and summarises the broad ranging discussions that took place along with the solutions posed by participants to some of the key challenges identified.

A shared vision for the future of the BME voluntary & community sector
Voice4Change England, 2010
Over 100 BME organisations contributed to this report which identifies ten steps by which policymakers can help tackle deprivation and inequality. Summary can be found here.

Tackling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Trust for London, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Rosa, 2011
Part of a special initiative to tackle FGM through community-based preventative work, peer research has provided new insights into attitudes and behaviour of communities practising FGM. The research highlights key issues and makes recommendations about how these should be taken forward as part of the initiative.

Unemployment and ethnicity
Department of Work and Pensions, 2012
A report analysing data from DWP, based on the Labour Force Survey 2012, reveals that the rate of unemployment for young black people is 44% compared to 20% of the white population. This needs to be read in the current economic context since research evidence is clear that unemployment rates for people from minority ethnic groups rises faster than average unemployment during recessions (Berthoud, 2009). More information and DWP additional statistical analyses can be found here

Very small, very quiet, a whisper- black and minority ethnic groups: voice and influence
Phil Ware, September 2013
This paper is based on primary research carried out in Birmingham, Greater Manchester and London. Organisations articulated the view that they are struggling to survive in the face of severe funding problems, yet shows a resistance to adverse changes and a determination to continue delivering services.

Vital Statistics: The experiences of BAMER women and children facing violence and abuse
RK Thiara and S Roy, Imkaan, 2010
Information on the largest ever research sample of BAMER women and children experiencing violence in the UK. Ten BAMER services from across the UK participated in a three month pilot providing detailed data on 124 women who had accessed refuge, advice and outreach services.

What can housing providers do to successfully handle the consequences of national policies and trends relating to UK immigration?
John Perry, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2011
UK migration explored from the perspective of the role of housing providers and steps being taken towards better neighbourhood cohesion and integration. Perceived or actual competition between migrants and host communities for housing are considered, suggesting that more needs to be done to support those neighbourhoods where migrants already live.

Women and Girls at Risk: evidence across the life course
DMSS (August 2014)
Barrow Cadbury Trust, LankellyChase Foundation and the Pilgrim Trust commissioned DMSS to undertaken a wide ranging review as part of their work to broaden the approach of the Corston Independent Funders Coalition to look at the underlying causes of risk and disadvantage for women and girls. The review looked across the life course of women and girls who experience poor outcomes (offending, homelessness, prostitution and exploitation, chronic mental health and substance abuse) and highlighted significant gaps in the evidence in the area and drew out key messages.

Young, black and minority ethnic carers: barriers and opportunities for employment and education
Care2Work (January 2016)

This report looks at comparative findings from Greece, Italy, Sweden and the UK. In the UK alone, there are an estimated 1.5 million carers under the age of 35. The UK BME carers are twice as likely not to speak English as their first language compared to peers. There is a higher prevalence of hidden young carers in families from refugee or migrant backgrounds.