In March 2023, we launched our Let’s Push Things Forward strategy to challenge the root causes of economic and social exclusion. It was based on a problem: social change isn’t working the way we need it to. The effort going into social change doesn’t match the results coming out – and money and austerity are just two parts of the problem.

We are using our multi-sector, multi-skilled approaches to achieve four strategic aims.

Empowering people facing exclusion.

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Since we launched our new strategy, we have developed our frontline model of inclusive recruitment to empower more people to find good-quality work. Our services are now available to Hongkongers on BNO visas and Ukrainians fleeing the ongoing conflict who have made Hackney their new home.

Ade Adebowale

Enabling social & private sector organisations to tackle socio-economic exclusion.

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Diversity creates vibrant cultures, greater innovation and creativity, and helps organisations compete in an increasingly globalised market. By enabling private sector partners, such as Amey, Arup, Balfour Beatty, Farans, Mott MacDonald Oliver Wyman, Skanska and Worley to access hidden talent they are playing their part in tackling socio-economic exclusion.

In the last year our social impact consulting team has enabled over 60 social sector organisations, including The Royal Foundation, Youth Futures Foundation, Frontline, Right to Succeed, Hackney and Camden Councils to understand and improve their impact.

Our new evaluation model that solves the challenges of evaluating change in places and systems for funders, commissioners, and practitioners will enable even more organisations to make the case for investment in place-based change. 

Get in touch with Mylene Pacot, our Principal Consultant for Strategy & Impact if you’d like to discuss, research, evaluation, or learning partnerships.

Mylene Pacot Research & Evaluation Principal

Challenging the systems that perpetuate and entrench exclusion and marginalisation.

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We recognise that we all sometimes benefit from upholding systems that don’t work. Including ourselves.

We work across sectors to challenge third, public and private sector organisations to think and act differently. Working as a whole system helps us create better environments for people to thrive. And we know that learning together will help us develop stronger ideas for changing systems for good. Our place-based and systems change community is a great example of that.

Our ongoing inquiry into what it takes to change is an open invitation to work with us on understanding and moving towards systemic change for your issue, organisation, or partnership.

Beth Stout

Embodying the approaches we believe will lead to sustained social change.

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Finally, none of this would work if we didn’t ‘live and breathe it’ across our social enterprise.

We use our organisation as a test bed to interrogate harmful practice and develop new ways of working. We encourage staff to work collaboratively, create new opportunities and learn from each other and we devolve power to those best placed to solve problems.

Alongside our Acting CEO Natsayi Sithole, every one in our team is committed to push our three-year strategy forward in 2024.

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