After Lucy's untimely and early death, her partner made a gift of £5000 to the Foundation in her memory. It was used to fund music therapy projects across five Lambeth nursery schools, helping children from low-income families.
"Lucy grew up on a Cheshire farm, loved the outdoors and being with animals. These factors helped her recover from a serious car accident when she was nine. Spending months in hospital wards, she learnt about the other children’s lives and became aware of her own family’s privilege. She moved to London after reading Classics at Cambridge, and lived in Lambeth in her 20s, and from 1998 until her death.
She was a housing officer on Greenwich and Lambeth estates. She completed an MSc in Social Policy & Planning at LSE and then worked at St Pancras Housing Association, now Origin HA. She had moved into housing development, and putting together Housing Corporation bids. She also worked in Ireland, laying the groundwork for Clúid, the first Irish Housing Association and the country’s first non-church social housing. By the time she left Origin, Lucy was the director of business and community development, bringing together different aspects of her interest in social change.
She retrained as a counsellor and psychotherapist. She worked with adults and& teenagers in private practice and also school counselling services. She became a counselling trainer at Re-Vision.
Lucy had a practical commitment to environmental issues, women's rights and the many other political causes she believed in. She loved being around people, valued education and had a lively interest in language, art, music, theatre. She is survived by Rasha, her partner of over 20 years."
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HEADLINES: WHAT WE DID IN 2020/21
The Living Wage Foundation has announced the revised hourly rates needed to allow people to get by, and to thrive.
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Boris Johnson has been formally warned by the UK statistics regulator about his claim that child poverty has fallen over the past decade, accoring to HuffPost UK.
"The prefixes ‘food’, ‘child’ or ‘fuel’ make life for 14 million poor Britons seem easily fixable. In truth, radical action is needed."
Aditya Chakrabortty, Guardian columnist.
See article here
We are grateful to Vauxhall MP Florence Eshalomi for responding to our concern about Lambeth Advice Centres by asking the Secretary of State for Justice about the steps he proposes (See Hansard, here). Following the question in the Commons she wrote to him with further questions: "In the Chamber, I highlighted that access to justice is under threat. In my constituency of Vauxhall, we have just lost one of our most established independent legal advice centres. As you will know from your own casework, access to free independent legal advice is essential for our citizens, especially the most disadvantaged. And in some instances, it can be life changing."