Weathering The Storm: Stories Of Love, Life, Loss And Discovery In The Time Of Covid

This is a book about Covid-19 as it happened, with all the fear, horror, losses, grief, chaos, revelations, frustrations and sheer heroism. It is also a book about the future – what we learned and didn’t learn; what we hoped for when the lockdowns eased and we could believe there could be a future. It is a vivid, sometimes distressing, often uplifting and powerfully moving account of a nation’s journey through a nightmare, told in the words of individuals describing their own and others’ experiences and how they and their families and communities coped. We hear stories from many perspectives: the bereaved; the frontline workers; those still battling the long and disabling tail of the virus; the marginalised and vulnerable; the children and young people. These are voices that are rarely heard, talking of small acts of generosity, courage, private suffering and quiet endurance. Alongside, expert commentaries draw the themes together and offer further reading and resources. So many of us swore we would learn from the pandemic. This book will help us do so.

“It was a privilege to write the section of the chapter ‘,We are not in the same boat’ reflecting on the impact of covid across a range of communities and front line staff who were not afforded a duty of care and compassion by the government” – Patrick Vernon OBE

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100 Great Black Britons

Little, Brown imprint Robinson will publish Patrick Vernon and Dr Angeline Osborne’s book 100 Great Black Britons to coincide with the announcement of the new list in 2020.

Vernon’s first campaign in 2003 was a major media movement to focus on the role of black people in British history. Originally a response to another BBC poll of 100 great Britons, in which Freddie Mercury was the only person of colour, the list saw black historical figures being added to the school curriculum and blue plaques put up in their memory. A statue of the poll’s winner, Mary Seacole, was eventually unveiled in the garden of St Thomas’ Hospital.

“In the wake of the Windrush Scandal and against the backdrop of Brexit, the rise of right-wing populism and the continuing inequality faced by black communities across the UK,” Vernon and Osborne, an independent researcher and heritage consultant, are reviving the project. Anyone can nominate a person to be featured on the 100 Great Black Britons website. The results will then be revealed when the book is published on 24th September 2020.

Publishing director for Robinson, Duncan Proudfoot, and editor Rebecca Sheppard acquired world rights for 100 Great Black Britons from Vernon’s company, Every Generation Media Ltd, and Osborne.

Vernon said: “It is great that, as part of relaunching 100 Great Black Britons, we will be producing a publication to support the campaign celebrating a thousand years of Black British history and achievement. It is even more crucial that our history is seen as part of the national narrative, especially in the context of Brexit, as British identity is going through change and we have a legitimate right and voice in the shaping of this economic, social and political transformation which will have an impact on future generations. By learning about our shared history and the impact of Black British history and successes, I hope we will no longer be marginalised or erased out of public consciousness for the next generation.”

Proudfoot added: “We are very excited to be working with Patrick and Angelina on a 100 Great Black Britons book. Patrick has been campaigning tirelessly for years for recognition of the extraordinary achievements and contributions of key figures of African and Caribbean descent to British life. The need for this acknowledgement is as if not more acute now in the wake of the Windrush Scandal and the rise of the populist right as it was back in 2003, when Patrick first launched his campaign. This will be an important and long-overdue book.’

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The International Handbook of Black Community Mental Health

We are pleased to announce the first international handbook on Black community mental health due to publish on 8th June 2020.  This handbook focuses on key issues including stereotypes in Mental health, misdiagnoses, and inequalities/discrimination around access, services and provisions. 

Making use of a cultural competence framework throughout, the book covers many of the classic mental health/developmental areas such as schizophrenia, mental health disorders, ASD and ADHD, but it also looks at more controversial areas in mental health, like inequalities, racism and discrimination both in practice and in graduate school training and the supervisory experiences of black students in universities. Unique among traditional academic texts addressing mental health, the book presents rich personal accounts from Black therapists and students. Many Black students who are training to become therapists or academics in mental health report negative experiences with white university staff in terms of a lack of support, encouragement, resulting in poor graduation outcomes.

While institutional racism is a major issue both in society and universities, the editors of this Handbook take personal-level racism, microaggression and everyday racism as better models for understanding and analysing both these students; racialised interaction/communication experiences with white staff at university, as well as the racialised communications and inequalities in misdiagnoses, access to services and provisions in healthcare settings with white managers.

In his Foreword, ‘Father of Black Psychology’ Prof Joseph L. White describes the book as “outstanding”, “very timely” and says it “will go a long way towards raising awareness challenging systems and structures and creating more favourable positive outcomes for people of colour who access mental health services.” The Prologue by author, public speaker and television consultant Prof Alvin Poussaint says, “I applaud the Editors’ work. This insightful book will prove valuable for individuals who seek a better understanding of the challenges people of colour face in mental health.”


Chapter 1. Systemic Racism: Big, Black, Mad and Dangerous in the Criminal Justice System; Sharon Walker
Chapter 2. In the name of our humanity: challenging academic racism and its effects on the emotional wellbeing of women of colour professors; Philomena Essed and Karen Carberry
Chapter 3. Racial Battle Fatigue: The Long-Term Effects of Racial Microaggressions on African American Boys and Men; William Smith, R. David and G. Stanton
Chapter 4. Racism in Academia: (How to) Stay Black, Sane and Proud as the doctoral supervisory relationship implodes; Sharon Walker
Chapter 5. Implicit Provider Bias and its Implications for Black/African American Mental Health; Andra D Rivers Johnson
Chapter 6. Thirty years of Black History Month and thirty years of overrepresentation in the mental health system; Patrick Vernon
Chapter 7. Race and Risk – exploring UK social policy and the development of modern mental health; Patricia Clarke Chapter 8. Remaining Mindful about Young People; Mhemooda Malek and Simon Newitt
Chapter 9. Cultural competencies in delivering counselling and psychotherapy services to a black multi-cultural population: time for change and action; Nicholas Banks
Chapter 10. Social and Emotional Education and Emotional Wellness: A Cultural Competence Model for Black Boys and Teachers; Richard Majors, Llewellyn E Simmons and Corneilus Ani
Chapter 11. ASD & Cultural Competence: An ASD Multi-Cultural Treatment Led Model; Mary Henderson and Richard Majors
Chapter 12. Moving Young Black Men Beyond Survival Mode: Protective Factors for Their Mental Health; Ivan Juzang
Chapter 13. African Americans and the Vocational Rehabilitation Service System in the United States: The Impact on Mental Health; Fabricio E Balcazar and Julie Vryhof
Chapter 14: Targeted Intervention in Education and the Empowerment and Emotional Well-Being of Black Boys; Cheron Byfield and Tony Talburt
Chapter 15. Towards a position of Spiritual Reflexivity as a resource: Emerging themes and issues for systemic practice, leadership and supervision within Black mental health; Maureen Greaves
Chapter 16. “Marginal Leaders”: Making Visible the Leadership Experiences of Black Women in a Therapeutic Service for Disenfranchised Young People; Romana Farooq and Tania Rodrigues
Chapter 17. 40 Years in The Wilderness: A Review of Systemic Barriers to Reducing The Over-representation of Black Men in the UK Psychiatric System; Gail Coleman-Oluwabusola
Chapter 18. Oppositional and Defiant Behaviours Among Black Boys in Schools: Techniques to Facilitate Change; Steve Clarke
Chapter 19. Black Therapists – White Families, therapists’ perceptions of cultural competence in clinical practice; Karen Carberry and Belinda Brooks-Gordon
Chapter 20. Transracial Adoption and Mental Health; Nicholas Banks
Chapter 21. Dementia and its impact on minority ethnic and migrant communities; David Trusswell
Chapter 22. Mental Health/Illness Revisited in People of African Caribbean Heritage in Britain; Tony Leiba and Gwen Rose
Chapter 23. Researching African-Caribbean Mental Health in the UK: An Assets-based Approach to developing psychosocial interventions for schizophrenia and related psychoses; Dawn Edge, Amy Degan and Sonya Rafiq
Chapter 24. ‘Lone wolf’ case study considerations of terrorist radicalisation from the black experience – impact on mental health; Nicholas Banks
Chapter 25. Spotlight on Sensory Processing Difficulties; Lisa Prior and Tiffany Howl
Chapter 26. Forced Marriage as a Representation of a Belief System in the UK and its Psychological Impact on Well-being; Doreen Robinson and Reenee Singh
Chapter 27. Systemic Family therapy with transgenerational communities in Haiti and the Dominican Republic; Karen Carberry, Gerald Jean Lafleur and Genel Jean-Claude
Chapter 28. Engaging with racialized process in clinical supervision. Political or personal; Isha McKenzie-Mavinga


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Innovation and Change in Non-Profit Organisations

Innovation and Change in Non-Profit Organisations explores how smaller charity organisations and community groups are developing exciting new projects around the world, and how non-profit SMEs can learn from them in order to survive and thrive in a demanding, rapidly-changing world.

The global non-profit sector is vast, with over 1.5 million registered organisations in the US alone. In the UK, the charity sector rivals the motor industry in scale. However, organisations in the social sector – and smaller community groups in particular – face a number of challenges. While technology and social media have enabled previously unimagined levels of communication, rising inequality and funding cuts have made operations much harder to sustain. Against this complex and shifting landscape, Innovation and Change in Non-Profit Organisations brings together a group of highly regarded specialists to stimulate new ideas for innovation, community action and social enterprise. Together, these contributors reflect on their achievements, challenge conventional wisdom, explore best practice, and offer inspirational advice for learning and deploying new skills across a wide range of fields and contexts.

Even though austerity has hit the non-profit sector hard, the case studies in the book show the great value of non-profit services. Charles Fraser, who was CEO of St Mungos for twenty years, describes the difficulties St Mungos faced, how it developed comprehensive services for an unpopular group of clients and the team work approach underpinning this. Community Catalysts supports local self-help groups to bring communities together and take positive actions in very cost effective ways, as outlined by their CEO, Sian Lockwood. The campaigner Patrick Vernon writes about the Windrush campaign, the support from newspapers such as the Guardian and the great success achieved in combating the “hostile environment” imposed at all levels by the Government, while Clore Social Leadership’s CEO Shaks Ghosh describes how they train and support non-profit managers in an increasingly demanding operational milieu.


Foreword by Lord Victor Adebowale CBE
1. ‘Communities doing it for themselves’ – community responses to health and social care challenges Sian Lockwood OBE (CEO, Community Catalysts)
2. Only wise and generous leadership can save us Shaks Ghosh (CEO, Clore Social Leadership)
3. Thinking differently and adapting to change Chris Durkin (Principal Lecturer for Social Work and Health, Nottingham Trent University) Tommy Hutchison (Founder and CEO, i-genius)
4. Procurement and commissioning in the non-profit sector Chris O’Leary (Policy Evaluation and Research Unit, Manchester Metropolitan University) Don Macdonald (Trustee, Trainer and Former Charity CEO)
5. Service improvement in small non-profit organisations Don Macdonald (Trustee, Trainer and Former Charity CEO)
6. The development of front-line service delivery Charles Fraser CBE FRSA (Former CEO, St Mungo’s)
7. Mental health for young people – making an impact with scarce resources Sarah Brennan OBE (Former CEO, Young Minds)
8. The Windrush scandal and Windrush DayPatrick Vernon OBE (Associate Director for Connected Communities, Centre for Aging Better)
9. ‘Survive or die’ – critical management challenges in non-profit organisations Don Macdonald (Trustee, Trainer and Former Charity CEO)
10. Youth activism Kathryn Engelhardt-Cronk (Founder/CEO at MissionBox USA & UK)
11. All women count – organising an action with refugee women Marchu Girma (Grassroots Director, Women for Refugee Women)
12. How austerity has damaged the foundations of UK civil society Andy Shields FRSA (Consultant and Former Head of Business Development, 3SC
13. Getting back to being connected – how housing associations should change Charles Fraser CBE FRSA (Former CEO, St Mungo’s)


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Windrush (1948) and Rivers of Blood (1968) Legacy and Assessment 

This volume looks at Britain since 1948 – the year when the Empire Windrush brought a group of 492 hopeful Caribbean immigrants to the United Kingdom. “Post-war Britain” may still be the most common label attached to studies in contemporary British history, but the contributors to this book believe that “post-Windrush Britain” has an explanatory power which is equally useful. The objective is to study the Windrush generation and Enoch Powell’s now infamous speech not only in their original historical context but also as a key element in the political, social and cultural make-up of today’s Britain. Contributions to the book use a diversity of approaches: from the lucid, forward-looking assessment by Trevor Phillips, which opens the volume; through Patrick Vernon’s account of the legacy of Powell’s speech in Birmingham and how it inspired him to launch a national campaign for Windrush Day; to the plea from novelist and playwright Chris Hannan for a fully inclusive, national conversation to help overturn deeply ingrained prejudice in all parts of our society.


Part I – Windrush and Powell: context, reaction, testimony

Chapter 1 2048: Europe One Hundred Years on from Windrush – Trevor Phillips OBE

Chapter 2 The Children of the Windrush Generation: An Oral History Study – Sharon Baptiste

Chapter 3 The Stars Campaign for Interracial Friendship and the Notting Hill Riots of 1958 – Rick Blackman

Chapter 4 Many Rivers to Cross: The Legacy of Enoch Powell in Wolverhampton – Patrick Vernon OBE

Chapter 5 Enoch Powell, the Anglosphere, and the roots of Brexit – David Shiels

Chapter 6 Citizen Backlash Correspondence: Letters to Enoch Powell after “Rivers of Blood” – Neal Allen

Part II – Caribbean legacies: Culture in Britain since Windrush

Chapter 7 Producing a (cultural) identity: nation and immigration in Stuart Hall’s writing – Carlos Navarro González

Chapter 8 “There soon may not be any West Indian left who made the passage to England”: Caryl Phillips and the Windrush Years – Josiane Ranguin

Chapter 9 Letters and Chronicles from the Windrush Generation: Epistolary Sorrow, Epistolary Joy – Judith Misrahi-Barak

Chapter 10 “Don’t Call Us Immigrants”: The Musical and Political Legacy of Reggae in Britain – David Bousquet

Chapter 11 Forever Other? Black Britons on Screen (1959-2016) – Anne-Lise Marin-Lamellet

Chapter 12 The Windrush Generation in the Picture: Armet Francis, Neil Kenlock, Dennis Morris and Charlie Phillips – Kerry-Jane Wallart

Chapter 13 Chris Hannan’s What Shadows: What drama? A conversation with the nation – Pascal Cudicio

Chapter 14 In Conversation with Chris Hannan, author of What Shadows

Part III – Post-war British immigration policy in context: two international comparisons

Chapter 15 Framing and Legitimising Discriminatory Immigration Policies: A Cross-Channel Survey (1948-1970) – Vincent Latour and Catherine Puzzo

Chapter 16 The Empire Windrush Migration in international context: Debates about Race and Colour of Skin in British Canada, 1900s-1960s – Dirk Hoerder


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