The Toynbee Hall in Whitechapel has released a number of recommendations to tackle social inequalities during the resumption of the Covid pandemic.

The “peer to peer” report tells the stories of those who are “disproportionately affected” because of an inferior quality of life, drawn from interviews conducted by a diverse group of qualified researchers with members of their own communities.

Researchers spoke to people with low incomes, usually living in rented accommodation or with disabilities, about their income, employment, community supports they receive and the effects on their mental well-being.

“The pandemic is the latest crisis of worsening systemic exclusion and inequality,” Toynbee Hall director Sian Williams said.

“But our researchers have identified solutions and identified ways to build stronger community networks, increase financial resilience, and improve mental well-being.


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“Acting on these recommendations is essential for a fairer future for those most affected who must play a key role in any recovery strategy.”

The recommendations were presented to MPs and peers in Westminster yesterday (August 5) at the joint all-party parliamentary groups meeting on Ending the Need for Food Banks and Universal Credit.

They were also presented to the Greater London Authority’s London Recovery Board on Jobs and Digital Inclusion and the Town Hall’s Women and Equalities Inquiry into Covid’s ‘Disproportionate Impact’ on Black Communities and ethnic.

The results suggest developing a “listening infrastructure” for London’s recovery, including the ability to speak and be heard by decision-makers.

Toynbee Hall’s research was conducted with Thrive LDN, a mental wellness movement focused on suicide prevention.

The latter’s director, Dan Barrett, said: “We need to put people and communities first as we come out of the coronavirus crisis, for those who need help now and beyond the pandemic. . ”

The report is dedicated to Toynbee Hall employee Jennifer Griffith, who died in March.

She interviewed for the project and helped shape the research.

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