Equality, rights and inclusion

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.

Disabled people

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

Race equality

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

Gender equality

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.

Bangladeshi community

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 Six videos on language in the workplace

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.