ppre’s work around equality, rights and inclusion was largely generated by the context of East London. Tower Hamlets has a large Bangladeshi community and one of the largest Somali communities in the UK, both of which are overwhelmingly muslim communities. Links with the Somali community led to work in Brent which also has a large Somali community. It also led to a programme for the Trust for London on Leadership for the Somali community across London. Newham has many Black and Minority Ethnic communities, including like Tower Hamlets significant number of refugees and asylum seekers. Many of these communities were not able to access appropriate public services, frequently because services were not aware and sensitive to their needs, sometimes not regarding the needs as legitimate. There were also lingusitic and cultural barriers , often arising from the fact that when ppre’s work started, the staffing of public services did not reflect the populations which needed their services. Before ppre was created John Eversley had collated data on the languages of London’s school children. ppre later updated this. The recognition that on that the barriers were more than lingusitic: services needed to change. This led to a lot of work around the role of linguistic and cultural intermediaries – advocates and interpeters while trying to create pathways into the professions for people from Black Minority Ethnic and Refugee backgrounds. We collaborated with European patrners in programmes such as BICOM, TRICC and the IR Multiling project. TRICC was a European collaborative project on linguistic and cultural competences of informal and ad hoc interpreters which finished in 2010-11. The UK project focused on identifying the extent of informal interpreting taking place in the Turkish and Bangladeshi communities. Despite the availability of paid and trained interpreters, the use of family, friends and neighbours was found to be extensive. The UK lead partner in the IR Multiling project on language issues in the workplace, was London Metropolitan University. The UK project focused on three sectors – healthcare, hospitality (hotels) and waste recycling. John Eversley managed a project on behalf of London Metropolitan University through ppre with Utopia Arts, to disseminate the results . Six videos were produced to help employers, employees and migrant groups develop their awareness and skills in addressing the problems and opportunities arising from linguistic diversity.
For more than ten years we worked on measures to enable recognition and appropriate integration of health professionals who had qualified in other countries but had been forced to leave their countries of origin.
A thread running through all the equality and inclusion work was that the voices of significant parts of the community were not being heard or their voices were being distorted. To change this excluded people needed to be involved in policymaking, in political, professional and managerial roles and as service users. Service users need choice and control, to be recognised as co-producers of their wellbeing. Understanding the history and current profiles of both services and the communities was an essnential part of achieving recognition and respect.
Eversley, J. (2014) Is there an Emancipatory Psychiatry? In Moodley, R. and Ocampo, M. Critical Psychiatry and Psychology -Exploring the work of Suman Fernando in Clinical Practice. London: Routledge
Williams B.; Copestake P.; Eversley, J. and Stafford B (2008) Experiences and Expectations of Disabled People – A research report for the Office for Disability Issues
Office for Public Management (2007) Involvement for real Equality – the benefits for public services of involving disabled people Disability Rights Commission
LB Newham (2000?) Involvement of disabled people and people with learning difficulties and Disabled People and People with Learning Difficulties Best Value Improvement Plan London: LB Newham
Eversley, J. and Vernon, P. (April 2007) Gauging and Engaging – the future of local race equality work in London London: ROTA Patrick Vernon
Eversley, J et al. (1986) Black workers and Trade unions, SERTUC 1986
Eversley, J. (2007) White Slavery – the continuing story [On the issues involving Jewish women at the beginning of the twentieth century] Jewish Socialist, Winter 2007. pp 18-19.
Eversley, J and Khanom, H. (2002) Forced Marriage in the Bangladeshi Community Tower Hamlets Multi-agency Steering Group, PPRU QMUL October 2002.
Eversley, J and Iman, F.(2002) Forced Marriage in the Somali Community – A report. Tower Hamlets Multi-agency Steering Group PPRU, QMUL 2002.
Ullah, AA and Eversley J (2010) Bengalis in London’s East End Swadhinata Trust.
Eversley, J. (2007): Interview with Swadhinata Trust on Bangladeshi community in Tower Hamlets in the 1970s available at Swadhinata-Trust-Oral-History-Project.pdf
Eversley, J (2008) Shabby Treatment [on the history of the treatment of Refugee Health Professionals] Jewish Socialist, Spring 2008. pp 18-19.
Winkelmann-Gleed, A & Eversley, J. (2004) Salt and Stairs: A history of Refugee Doctors in the UK and the story of Dr Hannah Hedwig Striesow in Refugee Doctors: Support, development and integration in the NHS Eds: Jackson, N. and Carter, Y.) Radcliffe Medical Press
Eversley J and Kassayie, B (Eds) (2002) Refugee Inclusion: a strategic approach to housing. QMUL and Praxis
Eversley, J. (2016) Working Conversations?: Language at the Workplace IR Multiling/London Metropolitan University Working Conversations?
Rifkin, F. and Williams, N. and Serpentine Galleries (Directors); Eversley, J. (Producer) (2016) Six videos on language, trade unions and migration for IR Multiling/London Metropolitan University IR Multiling youtubechannel
Meeuwesen, L., Ani, E., Cesaroni, F., Eversley, J. & Ross, J. (2012) Interpreting in health and social care: policies and interventions in five European countries. In: D. Ingleby, A. Chiarenza, W. Devillé & I. Kotsioni (Eds.) Inequalities in Health Care for Migrants and Ethnic Minorities. COST Series on Health and Diversity, Volume II (pp. 158-170). Antwerp/Apeldoorn: Garant.
Eversley, J.; Mehmedbegovic´, D.; Sanderson, A.; Tinsley, T.: von Ahn, M.: and Wiggins, R.D. (2010) Language Capital – Mapping the languages of London’s schoolchildren London: CILT User Guide
Eversley, J. Ed (2010a) Training in Intercultural and Bilingual Competencies in Health and Social Care (TRICC) UK Handbook ppre CIC
Moarefvand, M. (2010b) Developing Skills – a 15 minute DVD about developing the skills of informal and ad hoc interpreters on YouTube Developing Skills and Awareness of Ad Hoc Interpreters
Eversley, J. (Chair) (2003) A Language Support Strategy for Tower Hamlets Praxis: 2003
Baker, P. and Eversley, J. (2000) Multilingual Capital: the languages of London’s schoolchildren and the economic and social implications London: Battlebridge Press.