A society where everyone knows a sense of belonging, has the sustenance they need, and can fulfil their aspirations.
To promote social inclusion by relieving hardship, developing skills, facilitating social opportunities, and tackling stigma.
We’ll provide practical support to people facing hardship. Working with beneficiaries and local services to inform our projects, we’ll coordinate community giving to provide people with items to help meet their needs.
We’ll increase access to education and training opportunities. To build confidence and support long-term inclusion, we’ll deliver free and subsidised training and education in soft skills and accredited courses.
Facilitate social opportunities
We’ll create and increase access to social opportunities. Taking into consideration the needs of our beneficiaries, we’ll coordinate inclusive and accessible activities and events for people who face stigma, financial difficulty or other barriers.
We’ll raise awareness of the experiences of the people we work with. To promote more acceptance of and engagement with groups who are socially excluded, we’ll coordinate projects to tackle stigma and discrimination.
We involve beneficiaries in developing and delivering our projects. This helps inform our work and facilitate leadership roles for the people we work with.
We always make efforts to be mindful of the different parts of people’s identity and the different factors that make up their experiences. Our projects take into account an individual’s context and needs.
We value working with different organisations and services including grassroots groups who know their communities best. We believe in working together to achieve mutual aims.
Our trustees are Courtney Cuffy, Husna Rasul and Melissa Llewellyn.
Alongside being a trustee for The Courtney Foundation, I work a local interfaith charity on safeguarding and inclusion. I'm most driven by work that supports people facing hardship and projects that are faith-based.
The messages below shine light on who we are and where we stand. They reflect what’s important to us and how we work. We know that statements aren’t substitutes for actual experiences and behaviour, but we think it’s important to share our views on important matters.
Blackness isn’t momentary.
There are several other awareness campaigns running this October alongside Black History Month. They exist to bring awareness to a cause that is usually under the radar in society and often has a stigma attached to it. Black History Month speaks to how poorly we include Blackness not only in our education systems, but in the rest of our society’s framework too. If we have any knowledge of history, we can admit this is a result of more than wilful ignorance.
World Mental Health Day will always be relevant in a society that stigmatises mental illness and frames good mental health as the acceptable norm. This informs the standard at which we are expected to function, and thrive, at school, at work or in our communities. Black History Month will always be relevant when a society’s standards are based on Whiteness. Are we ready to enter an honest dialogue about what this means and how this impacts people’s lives? Then we can move towards reshaping the structures and redefining the norms that perpetuate it.
Peace doesn’t mean passivity. Peace doesn’t mean inaction, ‘colour blindness’, or listening only to the voices that don’t make us too uncomfortable. Peace takes work. It requires ongoing acknowledgement of current and historic injustices and constant individual and collective effort to right wrongs.
It’s a journey with lots of approaches. It means unpacking issues on an individual level, with your family and in your community and changing what’s acceptable. It means structural changes through policy and legislation. It means fixing media representation in news and entertainment and their portrayal of communities and the issues that affect them. It will take all of this much and more. Where is your power? What privileges do you hold and how can you utilize them?
But in identifying your power, understand the power of vulnerability. We must be able to acknowledge the harmful ideas we hold, and realise that understanding what we don’t know is as important as telling people what we do know.
It doesn’t begin or end on social media.