TOP 10 CHARITY OR COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

100 BLACK MEN OF LONDON

This organisation seeks to change the narrative and is determined to create positive examples through actions and experiences. Led by committed Black men, the charity delivers programmes designed to empower young people and their communities through mentoring and shared learning. Mental health has been a key element of their work, with a focus on topics such as coping with isolation, communication, family dynamics and signs of stress within the Black community. They focus on these issues to raise awareness of mental health and promote their services for their community and practitioners alike.

ALETO FOUNDATION

Aleto stands for ‘A Legacy for Tomorrow.’ It was created in 2010 and its sole purpose is identifying and equipping young leaders to create a legacy. The foundation has grown significantly, impacting hundreds of young people each year, and has plans to create an even bigger reach and bolster more young leaders. Since the summer of 2011, when the first Aleto leadership programme took place, the team of executives and trustees have successfully worked together with FTSE companies, universities and other charities to provide mentoring, leadership development support and practical workshops (both online and in person).

BLACK HEROES FOUNDATION

This a community-based charity aiming to develop and promote talent, together with cultural and artistic initiatives in the community by focusing on youth, education, training, social uplifting and personal development programmes. The charitable foundation has been incorporated in honour of, and to support the legacy of, Peter Randolph Fraser, also known as Flip Fraser, the first editor of The Voice, and creator of the critically acclaimed show Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame. Fraser was in the process of setting up the Black Heroes Foundation when he became ill and sadly passed away in 2014. This venture has now been realised on his behalf, in honour of his memory and the phenomenal work that he has created. The Foundation gained its charitable recognition in October 2016, celebrated with a launch event at the London Living Room, City Hall.

BLACK MINDS MATTER UK

This org connects Black individuals and families with free mental health services by professional Black therapists. Founded in June 2020 by Agnes Mwakatuma and Annie Heyes, BMMUK’s vision is to make mental health topics more relevant and accessible for all Black people in the UK, removing the stigma and remodelling the services so they are relevant to the Black community.

INCLUDE ME TOO

IM2 is a Black, Asian and minority ethnic-led national charity that supports disabled children, young people and their families from a diverse range of backgrounds, particularly minoritised and racialised communities. It offers access to support and advocacy, and fosters their inclusion and representation by advocating for the protection and implementation of disability human rights through an intersectional lens. It also aims to strengthen the voices of disabled children and young people and recognise their roles as changemakers and rights-bearers. The charity continues to campaign, calling for action to address persistent inequalities experienced by disabled communities and address how these impact on their life chances and futures.

JEWISH WOMEN'S AID

JWA is the only specialist organisation in the UK supporting Jewish women and children affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence. It was founded to support the Jewish women who, each year, will face physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or economic abuse from within their own close family.

MUSLIM COUNCIL OF BRITAIN

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is the UK’s largest and most diverse national Muslim umbrella organisation with more than 500 members including mosques, schools, charitable associations and professional networks. Their mission is to empower Muslim communities to achieve a just, cohesive and successful British society. Founded in 1997, they lead community projects and initiatives around the country and publish reports, guidelines and resources to inform the mainstream discourse on British Muslims.

NAZ

NAZ is a Black, Asian and ethnic minority-led sexual health agency working to address sexual health inequalities in their communities. They have 29 years of experience working across London to provide culturally specific interventions to those disproportionately impacted by poor sexual, reproductive and HIV outcomes.

SOUTHEAST AND EAST ASIAN CENTRE

SEEAC strives to make change in society. They want members of the Southeast and East Asian communities in the UK to be able to live without social exclusion and isolation, to be free from discrimination, exploitation and poverty, and to be able to make positive contributions to wider British society. These communities consist of people with backgrounds from countries and regions including but not limited to Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor, Brunei, the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, North and South Korea, and Japan. These are vast and diverse communities with different experiences, yet they also face similar issues and shared experiences as a marginalised ‘Asian Other’ ethnic group.

SPORTING EQUALS

This organisation exists to promote ethnic diversity and physical activity across sport and is the only one in the UK to do so. Originally set up in 1998 by Sport England in partnership with the Commission for Racial Equality, they are now a fully independent body and a national partner of Sport England. Their aim is to raise awareness and understanding of the needs of ethnically diverse communities within the sports and health sector in order to change attitudes and increase participation in sport and physical activity. They also empower individuals and communities to play a part in this change and achieve their full potential through playing sport and being active. And lastly, Sporting Equals advises and supports policy-makers and delivery bodies to be inclusive of all under-represented groups, drawing on their experience with diverse communities.