The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting our social, economic and family lives dramatically – both now and in the longer term.
There is growing evidence that the pandemic has widened pre-existing inequalities. For many communities, the coronavirus pandemic is the latest crisis event in a crisis trend – a steadily worsening series of situations they face. Yet there remains a lack of representativeness and detail on the lived experiences and needs of disadvantaged communities in London.
To address this, Thrive LDN has undertaken a period of community engagement to capture the experiences of Londoners during the pandemic. Our work has particularly focused on those who have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus crisis.
This work is not meant to be comprehensive or definitive, we need to further understand more about the intersectional nature of issues communities face, the impact of cumulative stressors over time and the systemic action needed to address them. Thrive LDN will continue to work with communities to iterate, listen and develop ways of supporting Londoners.
Here, we begin to share and explore the emerging themes from the responses, engagement and submissions to our community insights. Specifically highlighting the themes around racism, discrimination, the digital divide, and community and social networks.