In order to achieve our aims and outcomes there are four things that we will do across the Black Thrive Partnership.

  1. Engage meaningfully with Lambeth’s Black communities

We will make sure that Lambeth’s Black communities influence the systems that affect their lives. This means getting help from them to look at the services we provide and everything we do through an anti-racist lens. We will communicate our intentions and commitment to the community and build a sense of hope and common purpose with Black people in Lambeth. This will not be yet another initiative that does not lead to positive results. We will take the concerns of communities to heart, give them the power to drive change, and be accountable to them. We will nurture Black leadership and include Black community representatives in key decision-making structures, constantly check with the community if we are getting things right, and adapt what we do when required.

  1. Embed a drive to improve outcomes for Black communities in the roots of organisations

Promises from leaders of organisations will not deliver the change that is needed, and neither will ad hoc initiatives. We will make improving outcomes for Black people the core business of every single partner. We will take on board the perspectives of the Black community and communicate the need for change from top to bottom of our organisations. We will draw up strategies and action plans to deliver the change that is needed. We will take action to improve our practices and we will allocate resources to do so. We will make tangible progress on the things that matter most.

Resource flows

How money, people, knowledge, information and other assets such as infrastructure are allocated and distributed.

  1. Identify priorities for community and cross-sector action

We will use the data and information we have available from our Shared Measurement System (SMS) and other sources to identify priorities where a joint effort is likely to yield better results than individual organisations working alone. We will involve the community and a range of partners in taking action to turn the tide on key factors which lead to poor mental wellbeing for Black people. This will include educational attainment, school exclusions, employment and detentions under the Mental Health Act.

Relationships & Connections

Quality of connections and communication occurring among actors in the system, especially among those with differing histories and viewpoints.

  1. Influence changes to national and regional conditions that hold Black mental health inequality in place

Poor outcomes for Black communities have been evident in Lambeth and beyond for a long time and some of the roots of problems exist at national level. Our work in Lambeth aims to influence change nationally.

Power Dynamics

The distribution of decision-making power, authority, and both formal and informal influence among individuals and organisations.


Government, institutional and organisational rules, regulations, and priorities that guide the entity’s own and other actions.



Espoused activities of institutions, coalitions, networks and other entities targeted to addressing mental health inequalities. Also, within the entity, the procedures, guidelines or informal shared habits that comprise their work.

Mental Models

Habits of thought – deeply held beliefs and assumptions and taken-for granted ways of operating that influence how we think, what we do and how we talk.


 Water of Systems Change diagram  by FSG and Kania, Kramer & Senge