Description & History

 

Greenwich Inclusion Project (GrIP) was created by the Royal Borough of Greenwich (RGB) in 2012 to deliver services aimed at:

•           Promotion of ‘inclusion’ particularly in relation to needs and concerns of racial minorities and migrants

•           Addressing the issue of Hate Crimes in Greenwich.

This followed a period of local consultation on how best to address such issues in the borough. As a result, a Service Level Agreement was provided by the Council for services in relation to the above to be provided by GrIP, a Board of Trustees was established, governing documents developed, and some staff appointed and the Board given responsibility for GrIP’s future development.

 

GrIP’s Objectives

GrIP up as a company, limited by guarantee. The company’s Memorandum of Association sets out the objects and powers of GrIP as a charitable company, and the following as it’s charitable objectives:

(I)        To promote race equality and the elimination of all forms of discrimination whether on the grounds of age, disability, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation or any combination thereof in the Borough.

 

(ii)       To support victims of all hate crime in the Borough and surrounding areas; to promote understanding and support the education on rights, and promote opportunities that empower and enable individuals in seeking legal redress and other emotional and practical support.

(iii)      To support the advancement of education and awareness raising about different racial and faith groups as a means to promote good relations and community cohesion, and to inform policy and practice in the Borough.

(iv)       To reduce health inequalities and promoting wellbeing.

These objectives provide guidance in relation to the development of our services and activities.

What differences are we aiming to make locally?

GrIP is working on:

Developing effective partnerships and collaborations to meet our vision, including building effective partnerships to improve conditions for minority group through working with Royal Borough of Greenwich, NHS, Police, Prisons, other statutory bodies, education agencies, the voluntary and community and faith sectors and the private sector

Provision of services to individuals or agencies through support or advice based on grounded strategic analysis of relevant issues which is being further developed and shared through our engagement with the communities to tackle local inclusion needs.

Developing links with local community organisations from minority migrant communities through provision of a ‘hot desking’ arrangement operating from our offices. This enables GrIP to work with particularly marginalised groups.

Who will benefit from our work?

Our work is intended at delivering benefit across Greenwich to:

1. All citizens of the borough, though emphasis will be placed on work

with:

a.                   Newer migrant communities in need of assistance and  support

b.                   Community members experiencing disadvantage related to

                race and ethnicity

c.                   Victims of Hate crimes.

d.                   Emerging Black Asian Minority Ethnic and Migrant community

                organisations in need of assistance and support.

2. Local decision makers through provision of information and advice

aimed at;

a.                   Local services policy workers and decision makers on framing

                future services delivery

b.                   Heads of establishments working to meet local education

                challenges

c.                   Heads of companies and other organisations investing in or

                employing local people.

 

What are we aiming to achieve?

 

Through implementation of our objective we aim to:

 

1.         Increase the levels of participation and representation of Black and Minority Ethnic and migrant communities in local service planning and decision-making processes, to ensure that their current and future needs are reflected in local policy implementation and service delivery.

 

2.         Enhance local consultation through helping to share information across the local statutory and voluntary sector to help improve local consultation activities and processes e.g. provision of information to relevant communities, consultation, focus group exercises, citizenship development and involvement activities and through signposting of communities to appropriate services.

 

3.         Network our services with local key Statutory Agencies, Employers, and Service Delivery Agencies to effectively promote information sharing between them on strategic race equality matters to bring about positive change.

 

4.         Work creatively towards protecting and promoting human rights for all. We will strive to eliminate inequalities and all forms of discrimination whether on the grounds, of age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or any combination thereof and without limitation, for the benefit of the community        

About the organisation

Greenwich Inclusion Project

Contact:
Russell Profitt MBE
Chief Executive Officer
Organisation’s website:
http://www.griproject.org.uk