Jan 31, 2020
As part of our multiple long-term conditions programme, we are partnering with two organisations, GoodPeople and Black Thrive, to help us explore and improve how people living in Lambeth and Southwark with long-term conditions can enter or improve the quality of their employment.
Working with organisations such as GoodPeople and Black Thrive is a key part of our targeted approach to addressing the social determinants of health, funding projects to support people who already have long-term conditions, or who are most at risk of developing them.
Our programme focuses on slowing down people’s progression to multiple conditions. Along with improving healthcare, we look to address social factors such as work, financial wellbeing and housing as not only can they have a profound effect on people’s health, but they can also be changed.
GoodPeople is an organisation that delivers projects on social mobility, social impact recruitment and corporate responsibility. With £96,503 of our funding, we will be testing an employment platform that matches local jobseekers living with long-term conditions with employers that can offer flexible opportunities that meet their needs and skills.
The first part of the project, due to be completed in summer 2020, will include mapping the support needs a jobseeker with long-term conditions may have and understanding the type of flexible work opportunities available with local employers. Following this, GoodPeople will develop a unique recruitment platform designed for people with long-term conditions, matching jobseekers with opportunities that fit their skills, experiences and support needs.
Alongside GoodPeople, we are partnering with Black Thrive, an organisation that works to address the inequalities that negatively impact the mental health and wellbeing of Black people in Lambeth.
Black communities often experience multiple disadvantage and our research shows that they often develop long-term conditions sooner than their White neighbours, and whilst they make up 18% of the adult population in our boroughs, they account for 27% of people living with multiple long-term conditions. We also know that Black people experience a number of barriers to accessing good work and are 15% less likely to be in employment than their White British peers.
The project will start in March 2020 with assessing how local services and employers can support the mental and physical health of Black residents of Lambeth through improving access to meaningful employment. Through a devolved approach, Black Thrive will use our £738,600 of funding to identify and support projects that can deliver the solutions needed to ease access to or improve the quality of work based on their findings, building on their understanding of the lived experience of Black communities in Lambeth.
“We are funding GoodPeople and Black Thrive to help us explore and develop projects that focus on how employment can impact the health of people already living with long-term conditions or at a high risk of developing them” says Matt Towner, Portfolio Manager at the Charity.
“While there are numerous initiatives supporting people with long-term conditions or disabilities into work, none to date represent scalable solutions that can be applied across different sectors and geographies or address the greater burden of long-term conditions and unemployment Black people in Lambeth and Southwark carry,” adds Matt.
Find out more about how our multiple long-term conditions programme works to address the social determinants of health, and if you have an idea for a project you think we can support, please get in touch with us.
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