ThinkHER Ambition received £5,000 from Common Call Fund which they will use as part of the development of the mobile app: Bloss.m which will serve the community of young women who engage in their employment and education programmes. Below they outline the need for their application from the perspective of one of the girls in their community: Sabrina.
Sabrina is a 17-year old young woman who lives in Ilford with both her parents and is an only child. As such, her primary outlet for expression is focused on her after school activities, such as running club, basketball and photography club. According to her friends, the opportunity for Sabrina to hang out with her friends outside was the panacea to her troubles.
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According to the most recent Pay and Equalities report released by ACEVO, Black African, Black Caribbean, and Black British people make up 0.3% of the CEOs leading the Charity sector. Though the charity sector is improving in its representation of the "hardest to reach communities", people of Global Majority backgrounds still make up only 7% of the CEOs compared to our 13% representation in the population. The lack of representation is starker in the Black community, where we are not half represented but a 10th, dwindling from 3% to 0.3%.
In 2020, Big Society Capital, the UK's most prominent social investor, released figures that express the six-fold growth of the social investment sector, from £830 million to £5.1 billion in 8 years. Has that growth been reflected in disbursement to communities most in need of direct support? Or is it growth that exclusively benefits the 0.4% of the sector with the connections, awareness, resources and opportunity to build a £1M+ organisation? Why do we say we champion lived experience in leadership but as a sector systemically gatekeeper resources from the people most likely to identify as such?