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Health effects of air pollution
We are looking for a learning partner with a passion for grassroots movement building, and experience in facilitation, to support learning on how to amplify the voices of those most affected by air pollution in South London (often Black and minoritised communities, people on lower incomes, and those already experiencing health impacts).
If you have experience of movement building, building relationships, managing a diverse set of stakeholders and holding spaces to learn and create shared objectives, please read on and apply. We would love to hear from you.
Submission deadline: 8pm, Wednesday 17th January 2024
Submit your tender by 8pm, 17th January 2023.
Impact on Urban Health is part of Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation, a charitable foundation based in South London. We address health inequalities by focusing on a few health issues that disproportionately impact people living in cities – children’s health and food, multiple long-term conditions, the health effects of air pollution, and children’s mental health. Most of our work is specifically focused on the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, but we share what we learn both nationally and internationally to influence urban health nationally and internationally.
Health effects of air pollution is a 10-year programme looking to address the health inequities that stem from air pollution. Most of our work focuses on systemic change, working with businesses, government and communities to make changes that leave a legacy on people’s health. We try to focus on areas where we can contribute something unique or significant to the inequitable impact of poor air quality. We currently focus on reducing pollution generated by businesses (particularly construction and freight industries), improving indoor air quality in people’s homes, investing in new ventures that tackle air pollution, and working with local communities to amplify the voices of those most affected by air pollution. We call this last area of work the ‘Amplifying Voices’ portfolio.
Air pollution is an environmental justice issue, a racial justice issue and a health equity issue. The amplifying voices strand of work engages and amplifies the voices of people most impacted by air pollution in South London. Specifically, this means Black and minoritised residents, as well as children, older people, people with heart and lung conditions and people living on lower incomes. We strive to do this in ways that are community-led, participatory, co-created and de-centralised. We want to learn how we, as a funder, with our partners, can build local power through movement building, organising and campaigning.
Over the last two years, we have funded a combination of 1) existing organisations that amplify community voices in South London such as Global Black Maternal Health, Mums for Lungs and Ella Roberta Foundation and 2) projects that involved learning and engaging with communities on their understanding and perception of air pollution (some examples of work are here and here). As per our emerging strategy, and the ask from communities, we are now embarking on a new phase for amplifying voices that focuses on building a more concerted movement promoting advocacy, awareness and building agency/power.
We have recently funded a set of partner organisations to deliver standalone projects relating to the aims of building communities’ advocacy, awareness and agency/power. These organisations are:
We are also working with these partners collectively, slowly building an ecosystem of organisations with diverse, complementary approaches, who collaborate with us and each other on shared goals. We will co-create with these partners a way of engaging and sharing with each other, with a view to making space for potential collaboration. As we embark on a new phase of more proactive “action” based work, we want to ensure we are learning effectively, to inform us and partners on what we can do long-term.
Over the next 12 months, we would like the learning partner to support these five partner organisations and Impact on Urban Health to collectively learn more about the following areas:
We would like the learning partner to support this group of partners and Impact on Urban Health to learn, improve, and work collaboratively where there is an appetite to do so. We anticipate that this will involve:
Whilst the learning partner contract will be with Impact on Urban Health for administrative reasons, we would like the learning partner to prioritise partners’ learning needs and interests first – supporting them with learning rather than ‘monitoring’ their work. As far as possible, we would like the learning partner to share emergent learning with us based on partners’ insights and experiences, so that we can build our own understanding of this work and the contribution we can make.
We anticipate that the learning partner will have a role in supporting both individual organisations/projects, and supporting the group as a cohort. Finding the right balance between these should be determined by each partners’ needs and preferences. Some partners already have budget and/or in-house expertise to support with learning and evaluation, and we would like the learning partner to supplement any existing work rather than duplicating.
We expect that the learning partner will support the following initial activities but are also open to other suggestions:
We are seeking a learning partner with the following set of experience:
Ideally, you would also have the following experience:
We would like the learning partner to be able to demonstrate the following attributes:
We think that the following skills will be crucial to the success of this learning partnership:
There is a budget of up to £50,000 including VAT available to fund the learning partner role from February 2024 for 12 months. We equally welcome individual freelancers, organisations or consortia to apply.
For administrative reasons, your contract will be with Impact on Urban Health. However, it is essential that you develop a close working relationship with the key people involved in the amplifying voices cohort, and that this learning partnership also serves their needs and interests.
We would request the following information be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 17th January 2024. To ensure the application process is as accessible as possible, we are keeping the requirements quite brief. Ideally in no more than 8 pages, please consider the following:
Please refer to the guidance in the “what are we looking for?” section above, and make it clear how you meet our requirements.
Subsequent timelines will be as follows:
If there are any interim questions, please do reach out. Questions can be sent to Farid Kelekun (email@example.com).