There is persistent inequality along the lines of ethnicity across most indicators of disadvantage in the UK.

There is also disproportionality in the way damaging interventions such as school exclusion, being sectioned under the Mental Health Act, arrest and imprisonment are applied.

Despite this we don’t know much about the nature and extent of the relationship between ethnicity and multiple disadvantage or about the lives of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people facing the most extreme and persistent exclusion.

  • We have worked with a variety of experts, practitioners, survivors and users of services over the last two years to understand how systems change might be achieved in relation to ethnic inequality in mental health in particular. We commissioned a report to support this work; Ethnic Inequality in Mental Health: Promoting Lasting Positive Change.
  • Building on this, we are commissioning a £1.25m, 5-year project to establish a ‘knowledge hub’. This will examine the relationship between ethnicity and multiple disadvantage, using the knowledge to drive change. The closing date for the tender has passed but for information the documents can be seen here.
  • We have also funded work to develop systems change responses at the local level. See Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network and Social Finance’s Impact Incubator work on BAME mental health.
  • We are supporting work by St. Mary’s Community Centre in Sheffield that reaches out to women in certain BAME communities who are almost entirely hidden from the view of services and asset-based community development work by Gypsies and Travellers in Leeds.
  • We are funding Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG)’s work to embed the recommendations of the Young Review on young Black and Muslim men in the criminal justice system.

If you would like to discuss our work in this area, please contact Cathy Stancer or Oliver French