History and Background
The Claudia Jones Organisation, like a number of voluntary organisations, first started life in someone’s living room. In the late 70s, a group of progressive Caribbean women came together and formed themselves into what was then called the Hackney Black Women’s Group. Their primary aim was to offer practical support to African Caribbean women and their children.
In 1982, the Claudia Jones Organisation was formally established. The name chosen is in recognition of the significant contribution to the lives of Black people in the Diaspora that was made by Claudia Jones, a Trinidadian and a political activist who in the 1940s fought for the civil rights of people. As a journalist, Claudia Jones contributed to establishing; the first West Indian Gazette in the UK, the Afro – Asian Times and what has now become the Notting Hill Carnival, now the largest Carnival in Europe
From its humble beginning, the Claudia Jones Organisation now operates from 103 Stoke Newington Road in the London Borough of Hackney and neighboring areas and continues to meet the challenges which present themselves, not just to the organisation but also to the community.
The Claudia Jones Organisation has over 35 years’ experience of supporting Women of African Caribbean heritage and their family for which we are well known. We have listened to and catered for the specific needs of our community who make up the majority of our work but not exclusively.
We continue to work to erode the structural and institutional barriers that limit women and their family’s ability to flourish.
Claudia Jones Organisation champions Inspired Black Womanhood through advice, support and personal development services to facilitate social change and progress amongst the African Caribbean heritage community