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Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K) believes that no one should have to live in poverty. All Londoners contribute to the capital's value and diversity, and all Londoners deserve to live safely and securely as members of our community.
We work to tackle the root causes of poverty across London and address its impacts on individuals, families and the wider society.
In pursuit of our vision, we work to the following core values:
We identify poverty in London and expose the structural inequalities, systems and policy decisions that work to cause it.
Championing and defending rights
We ensure that the voices of our communities are heard in our evidence-based research and that this influences government policy and practice.
Equality and inclusion
We make our casework services accessible to all sections of our community, and keep our advice free and confidential.
We equip our clients to address social and economic challenges, and to participate in community and decision-making activities.
Compassion and respect
All our stakeholder groups matter, and we benefit from their contribution to our mission and living out our values. We treat everyone, including our staff, clients and partners, with equal respect and consideration of their needs and challenges.
Z2K’s founders were firm believers in Christianity and we continue to remember those roots, whilst working as an independent organisation which values all faiths and cultures and the contributions they make to London’s diversity.
Our vision and values influence everything we do. With this in mind, we support a range of low-income households, including families with children, people who are out of work and those in low-paid jobs. As well as ensuring people receive an adequate level of social security benefits, we address council tax charges and housing issues such as high rent, unsuitable accommodation, insecure tenancies and homelessness.
We also deal with the wider social and personal issues people face, in order to ensure long-term positive outcomes for those we support. We recognise and address the multiple complex challenges - such as mental health issues, learning and physical disabilities, domestic violence, trafficking, addiction and debt - which all so often reinforce the risks and impacts of poverty.
In 2016 we set up a tribunal representation service to support people whose applications for disability benefits had been unfairly turned down. In 2017 alone we made 177 appeals, of which we won 148 - an 84% success rate.
This is a tribute to the hard work of our expert caseworkers and volunteers, and further proof that the initial decisionmaking system needs to be reformed.