Who We Are
Casa Lusa is a charity which works to improve the lives of Portuguese speakers who have settled in London. The charity delivers services and support for individuals and their families, helping them to integrate into the British society. We do this by engaging with disadvantaged and isolated people through effective outreach into communities and successful Advice and information services and health and wellbeing activities in East London.
In London CASA LUSA targets people and geographical areas most severely affected by poverty and discrimination – The charity works in the deprived boroughs of Newham, Barking & Dagenham, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge, Walton-Forest and Hackney, which are amongst the poorest in London.
The Portuguese speaking community is a growing community in the UK, with particular incidence in London. With the international economic crisis, many migrants left Portugal, Brazil and the African countries as the unemployment rates are higher there than the UK ones. Many of these new comers are from black minorities with and without Portuguese nationality. Being a very diverse group, it is united not only by the language but also by their common needs such as isolation, lack of understanding of the UK services, in particular the education and health system, and their rights and responsibilities in the UK.
The charity also aims to take its work to other countries of the Portuguese Diaspora and is now taking the first step to support children with Autism in Angola.
To promote the interests and aspirations of people from a Portuguese speaking background and create a platform for inclusion for the most vulnerable within the society.
Our Aims and objectives are to:
To improve the quality of life of disadvantaged or socially excluded people through the provision of Information, advice and guidance and practical help that will empower people to make informed decisions.
To improve and establish engagement with members of diverse Portuguese speaking communities.
Support international projects and organisations that work with people with multiple and complex needs to access support and services tailored to their needs.
Work with multi agency partnerships to improve the delivery of the services.
Raise awareness of the needs of the Portuguese speaking community and its profile in the UK and abroad.
CASA LUSA accepts and values diversity in all people, and is committed to a policy of equal opportunities in all areas of its work.
We believe that time should be given to working with people who wish to fulfil their personal potential and participate fully in society but find it difficult to do so for whatever reason.
Service users are known as ‘friends’ rather than ‘Users’, which defines the relationship we wish to achieve.
Respecting the unique worth of every person
We believe that every person is different but equal, and that everyone’s unique talent should be recognised and encouraged.
Encouraging people to fulfil their potential
We all need encouragement at some time in life. Casa Lusa aims to create opportunities for people to make the most of their abilities.
Working with hope
Our hope for a better future for all beneficiaries is the source of much of our inspiration.
Exercising responsible stewardship
The commitment of our staff and volunteers to making the best use of all our resources enables us to help individuals and their families.
Our Values help us to give every person the chance to fulfil their potential.
Who We Are
The charity was established under a Trust Deed. The Board of Trustees meet quarterly and are responsible for the strategic direction and the policy of the charity.
Our Trustees come from a variety of professional backgrounds relevant to the work of the charity and are listed below:
Chair - Catia Vieira
Secretary - Carla Almeida
Treasurer - Marco Marques
Trustee- Terence Cunningham
Trustees are not paid for the work they do, although they can claim expenses for travel. They're also legally liable if things go wrong – so the role is an extremely responsible one.
The most important quality we look for when appointing new trustees is a commitment to our mission and objectives. After that, we seek to recruit a mix of skills and backgrounds, including management, human resources and experience of project management.
Decisions about how we are run and our future are made at board meetings. These meetings are attended by trustees, and members of our Executive Management Team.
Charity Director- Alda Vieira