Oxfam in the UK

Women at a Routes to Solidarity networking event. The Routes to Solidarity project aims to empower black and minority ethnic women in England to influence policy decisions that have impact on their lives. Credit: Chris Worrall

From our staff

Kirit Patel, Race Equality Programme Co-ordinator

 Oxfam works in some of the poorest parts of the UK. We support the work of grassroots community groups and strive to bring about lasting and positive change by getting people with power to tackle the root causes of poverty.

Over time I have been with Oxfam, I have seen a greater and better engagement with the concerns and issues facing black and ethnic minority groups, particularly women, and as a result, Oxfam has developed a stronger and visible presence in their eyes.  It is has taken time to develop trust and confidence with fragile and smaller women's groups, often overlooked by government and communities.

Issues we work on: Poverty in the UK

Oxfam has a vision of everyone in the UK having enough to live on, and of all men, women and children being treated with respect and dignity no matter how much money they have. We believe it is unacceptable that over 13 million people in the UK do not have enough to live on, and most do not have the power to speak out about what this feels like and why it is wrong. We work with others to achieve a fairer and more equal country, in which everyone in the UK can live lives free from poverty and shame.

Poverty in the UK

In 2013-14 Oxfam directly helped:

150,000
people in
the UK

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