May Project Gardens is an award-winning, London-based grassroots organisation. They exist to empower marginalised groups to address poverty, disempowerment and access to resources and influence. They provide practical, affordable, and collective solutions for people to live sustainably and challenge power structures that don’t serve their interests.
This is done using universally connecting tools–nature, food and creative arts–to foster peoples’ personal transformations, which collectively lead to social transformation.
“We are a social enterprise creating art that pollinates conversation through immersive and transformative experiences.
Humblebee Creative exists at the intersection of arts, health and education: specialising in applied theatre, film, literature, research and archiving. We also provide creative services in mental health intervention and rehabilitation.
Humblebee Creative’s core values are to embrace, listen, advocate, and care for minorities within our communities. We seek to amplify and empower marginalised voices in the UK to generate new ideas for a more inclusive society.”
Sistah Space is a community based non-profit domestic abuse service located in Hackney, London.
They work with African heritage women and girls who have experienced domestic or sexual abuse and those who have lost a loved one due to domestic violence.
Their mission is to encourage African heritage survivors/victims to report abuse by providing a safe cultural venue for victims to disclose abuse in a confidential environment, and to encourage community integration.
Free Books Campaign supplies books by authors of colour to those who cannot access them, for free.
Education inequalities can define and shape someone’s entire life, from having access to important books that help us to understand our place in the world, to systemic barriers to our attainment. Sofia Akel’s campaign hopes to contribute in closing that gap.
Black Minds Matter is a collection of mental health resources and therapy for Black trauma.
Agnes and Annie aim to connect Black individuals and families across the UK to certified, professional, black practitioners for therapy sessions.
Black people deserve access to the best mental health resources to allow them to heal and vent in a safe space.
Community Action on Prison Expansion Campaign is a network of grassroots groups fighting prison expansion in England, Wales and Scotland.
CAPE reject the myths that prisons, surveillance and policing can solve social and economic problems. CAPE seek alternatives that keep our communities safe and achieve real social justice.
The Free Black Uni was founded by Melz Uwusu who led the national ‘Why is My Curriculum White?’ campaign at Leeds University. They state “the knowledge that introduced the very ideology of racism into our society was born in British Universities.”
The Free Black Uni believes, “the core of education should be the right to imagine transformative worlds and that it must be free, anti-colonial, and accessible to all.”
Choose Love does whatever it takes to identify, close and prevent gaps in services and protections for refugees and displaced people. They elevate the voices and visibility of refugees and are the only funder of agile community organisations providing vital support to refugees along migration routes globally. In just five years, they have raised ~$45M to provide 1M refugees with everything from lifesaving search and rescue boats to food to legal advice. They are powered by their vision – a world that chooses love and justice every day, for everyone.
BID is an independent national charity established in 1999 to challenge immigration detention. We assist those held under immigration powers in removal centres and prisons to secure their release from detention and challenge their deportation through the provision of free legal advice, information and representation.
BLAM UK (Black Learning Achievement and Mental UK) is an award-winning advocacy, Educational and Mental Health Not-For-Profit for the Black Community in the UK.
“We provide support to the community by teaching Black history and racial esteem projects in primary, secondary schools and Youth Offending Teams across London. We also provide Black History training workshops for schools to help ensure schools are embedding Black Narratives across the Curriculum.
For our mental health projects we provide free racial wellness virtual therapy to persons aged 18 plus in the UK, as well as providing safe spaces for community dialogue in person and online.
We also provide free school/college exclusion advocates to Black young people and their parents to assist challenges to school exclusions across London.”
Pay It Back UK is a fundraiser which prioritises Black lives first. Your donation will be split and shared evenly between multiple organisations based in the UK.
The criteria for the organisations involved is that they have a history of/focus on supporting and empowering Black and marginalised communities.
Over time, new organisations will be introduced to the split fund in order to help a larger number of organisations.
Beyond fundraising, Pay It Back UK aims to amplify the ongoing work of the organisations we are supporting, helping them resource what they need to help the communities they work with.
Set your donation to recurring to help make a difference every month.
Pay It Back means pay back your privilege.
These privileges are intersectional and include: “access, entitlement and innocence”. (Source: Araya Baker)
The main aim of Pay It Back UK is to normalise recurring donations to organisations that work with Black communities.
This is only one tangible ongoing action to take, and on its own it does not go far enough.
We are a collective from across the UK who hope to use our privilege to platform and amplify the voices of the aforementioned organisations, showcasing the work they do.
The organisations sit at the centre of Pay It Back UK, and as a result we choose to decentre ourselves, whilst contributing our time and skills. The goal of both the website and social media is a call to action, spotlighting and directing people to Black-led and/or anti-racist platforms.
For this reason, the non-Black members of the group that contribute to this project will not be centred on our website, in articles, or on our social media.