Northamptonshire Community Foundation last year incorporated the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) into its charitable activity.
Each staff member partnered with a trustee to champion a goal of their choosing and this month, we move our focus to UN SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, which specifically aims to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies.
Rachel McGrath is the Grants Director and Deputy CEO here at Northamptonshire Community Foundation and is also the staff champion for UN SDG 16. Speaking on her chosen goal, Rachel said: “In order to build a sustainable world with peaceful, safe and inclusive communities, we need to put human rights and justice at the heart of everything we do. Within our local communities, this means residents being able to be involved in participatory and representative decision making across all public institutions and ensuring the local population has public access to information, protection of freedoms and access to justice. We fund a number of community groups and charities to help contribute to this Global Goal on our doorstep, including projects supporting migrants and refugees, community law services, rights and equality councils, community safe initiatives, citizens advice and advocacy and residents groups representing local people’s interests and concerns.”
The Foundation has made several grant awards relating to UN SDG 16, helping to support a variety of communities across Northamptonshire.
Northampton Town of Sanctuary received funding to deliver a peer education programme to train young people and develop leadership skills, culminating in a youth led conference.
Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council received a grant to reach out and support people experiencing employment difficulties as a result of the public health crisis.
The Good Loaf CIC received a grant award to run a project to help improve the mental wellbeing of vulnerable women.
As part of our ongoing work with the UN SDGS, we launched a series of online Community Conversations to help promote the goals locally. Each conversation brings together local people, from donors to grant recipients, to discuss solutions to tackle these global goals locally. Our next conversation will be on Wednesday 20 October and will be available on our website and social media channels shortly after.