Project information

Stronger Communities

We aim to improve the quality of inter-community relationships by raising awareness of the structures that exist both locally and nationally to promote equality. Our service covers the six boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth.

November 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: South West London Law Centres

South West London Law Centres
  • Need


    Challenging stereotypes that create barriers to understanding both between groups (for example, between different faiths) and within them (for example, between male and female roles within a particular faith group) by engaging with a wide range of people, organisations and institutions in the South West London Law Centres area, gaining and maintaining their trust and confidence. This area covers Croydon, Sutton, Wandsworth, Richmond, Merton and Kingston.


    Preventing discrimination by delivering public legal education on rights and responsibilities in respect of equality and diversity, not just to potential victims, but to potential perpetrators like employers and service providers (who very often discriminate through ignorance rather than malice.)

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    People experiencing discrimination will have better mental health as a result of receiving advice.


    » Provide advice and assistance for those with possible discrimination cases Hours per case – 21 hours (average)

    What success will look like

    Success will be...At least 100 people provided assistance will report improved mental health.

    Aim 2

    A diverse range of people will have a greater understanding of their rights of equality law.


    » 12 PLE events each year of the project.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...At least 1,000 people provided with public legal education will report a greater understanding of their rights.

    Aim 3

    A diverse range of people will increase their understanding of other parts of the community.


    » 40 Networking events each year of the project, bringing different parts of the community together

    What success will look like

    Success will be...At least 85% of people surveyed will report that they have a better understanding of the diversity of the community in which they live and work.

  • Impact


    Facilitating grass-roots equality and diversity work in the six boroughs, not only in the course of the three activities set out above, but by supporting our existing network, continuing to be seen as an honest broker between groups or organisations representing or serving the interests of the various minorities, and by working directly with a diverse range of individuals not affiliated to established interest groups, so that the communities we serve have an active hand in setting the agenda.


    There are risks involved in consulting the community on inter-community issues. These consultations will involve discussions that can be evocative, personal and subjective. We will minimise these risks by organising members of the community to be part of our steering group. This provides us with key partners who can help us best prepare and minimise potential problems at the infant stage of development.


    Funders of the project will receive quarterly reports by email that provide comprehensive information about activities and work in progress. They will also receive anonymised case studies of those we have helped.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £190,236

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      Amount Heading Description
      £140,946 Staff Salaries
      £17,784 Supervision and Service Activi Supervision and Service Activities.
      £10,023 Vol & P&T Volunteer Support, Premises and IT
      £9,573 F,I and Training Finance, Insurance and Training
      £11,910 G and Office Governance and Office Facilities
  • Background


    The project will cover the areas of Croydon, Sutton, Wandsworth, Richmond, Merton and Kingston which are area's with similar problems of deprivation and lack of equalities advice. Over a fifth of children in London lived in workless households in Q2 2010, the highest proportion in the UK. London had the second highest proportion of socially rented housing in England. In 2007, 23 per cent of homes were rented from local authorities and social landlords, above the UK average of 18 per cent.


    We will target equality groups such as Women, the Elderly, Young people, Religious groups, Racial groups, LGBT people and Disabled people. They will all benefit by having access to a service that provides them with accurate and timely advice in relation to discrimination in the field of Employment, Training, Education or in the provision of goods and services.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    This is work that we have been doing successfully for a number of years. We believe that we are the only organisation in all six boroughs in a position to develop equality and diversity across all the equality enactments. We are the only one actively joining up public legal education and casework services (so that people not only understand their rights, but can take concrete action to obtain them).

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Shyam Popat

    Shyam Popat, Client Services Manager for over two years. He is in charge of all pro bono services and supports the CEO in fulfiiling the charities aim