of children in Tower Hamlets are living in poverty
of all neighborhoods in the borough rank in the top 20 percent of income and employment deprivation
of Bangladeshi and Pakistani women in the borough are economically inactive
Tower Hamlets is undoubtedly the borough that best represents the city of London, with its glass fronted skyscrapers and luxury flats standing over densely populated public housing. Such contrasts underpin the highest level of income inequality in the UK, as well as the highest level of child and pensioner poverty, and a female unemployment rate which is more than twice the national average. Deprivation is widespread in Tower Hamlets: more than half (58%) of neighborhoods are in the most deprived 20% and one quarter (24%) in the most deprived 10% (IMD). In a 2015 DCLG report Tower Hamlets ranked as the 6th most deprived local authority of 326 in England. While Muslims account for approximately 40% of the borough’s population, unemployment rates among Muslims are more than twice that of the population, and according to a 2017 House of Common report, “suffer the greatest economic disadvantages of any group in society.”
Income Deprivation Affecting Children per top 10 London boroughs (percentage)
To begin to address some of the multiple disadvantages people in the local area face, we fundraise to provide access to free classes, 1:1 advice and support, social meeting opportunities, and collaborative creative projects. Using creative projects as a starting point, we support culturally diverse groups, some facing disadvantage and marginalization, including elders, migrant women, children living in poverty, and our wider community, to meet, access help, and work together. We deal with a range of complex issues, such as domestic and financial abuse, homelessness, long-term unemployment and isolation.
hours of skills and learning workshops were delivered last year
unemployed women volunteered at our workshops or events
of participants said they felt better about themselves and more confident
40 women were involved in community consultations about a local building development application
35 women have been given personal letters to the job centre from us
84 women have enrolled on one of our Sewing Social or FabricWorks programmes in order to build skills, gain employment experience, and improve their job searching opportunities.
7 women class attendees were supported to reclaim control of family money and as a result able to gain financial independence.