Our 2020-2021 Annual Report has now been published and you can read it here.
It includes statements from CEO Akiko Hart and the Chair of the Board of Trustees Angela Newton, an overview of the NSUN Covid-19 Fund, and outlines of the work we’ve done in the past year: peer support, capacity-building, research, policy and influencing, and more.
Through this ongoing turmoil and chaos, NSUN has tried to do practical work. The NSUN Covid-19 Fund was our defining piece of work in 2020/21. We awarded small grants totalling £125,280 to 88 user-led groups and organisations. The fund is NSUN at its core: people doing things, with and as part of their communities.
But this work is also misunderstood and undervalued: part of our role, going forward, is to make the case for what gets called user-led activity to be valued and resourced. In particular, we need to build on the renewed focus on racial justice to ensure that groups led by and for people from racialised communities are centred.