In partnership with the CSJ Foundation, the CSJ is inspired and nourished by its unique relationship with the poverty-fighting CSJ Alliance, a 400-strong network of charities, social enterprises and other organisations.

This frontline army has critical experience and expertise of addressing poverty and supporting the most vulnerable people and communities.

These organisations are spread across the length and breadth of Britain, acting as our eyes and ears on the ground. These small and innovative ventures are highly effective and truly understand the nature of poverty and social breakdown.

“The Alliance tackle the underlying root causes of poverty, not just the symptoms, in their bid to transform lives”

The CSJ Foundation connects these organisations to researchers and decision-makers to bring their expertise into UK policymaking. With offices across the UK, the CSJ Foundation works with these charities to develop an understanding from the ground up.

The CSJ draws heavily from the Alliance’s experience, meaning the Government can be sure that the reforms we suggest are based on what has been road tested and proven to work on the ground. This helps the Government develop effective strategies to alleviate the suffering of the poorest and prevents policies being developed which are detached from reality.

If you are a charity and can offer frontline insight and can benefit from capacity building training and funding, then we would like to hear from you.

The CSJ’s Approach

The CSJ benefits hugely from the input of frontline charities to its policy work. To help achieve this, we have established two approaches that allow us to combine a depth of relationship with excellent charities that provide significant input into research, along with a broader oversight of the issues and good work that are happening across the different regions of the UK.

Alliance Partnership

Up to 30 charities directly inputting into policy work

Influence Government

Attending an annual conference and quarterly policy advisory board meetings.

Regular briefings

Hosting visits to allow opportunity to demonstrate their impact and share about the issues being faced.

Chance to network

Rotating programme with new charities invited on annually following the CSJ Awards process.

Alliance Network

Network of several hundred small charities and front-line workers, providing insight and input at a regional level

Raised profile

Attending regional round table discussions focused on policy research areas.

Win a CSJ Award

Hosting visits from CSJ regional staff and researchers, to share what they do and talk about issues.

Host politicians

Providing insight through informal discussion and surveys.

Who is the CSJ Alliance?

The CSJ Alliance is a group of charities working on the frontline in the fight against poverty. They help some of the most vulnerable people in society escape from poverty, working with a range of people from offenders and gang members to children in care and those with addiction and mental health problems. They tackle the underlying root causes of poverty, not just the symptoms, in their bid to transform lives.

The CSJ Alliance is made up of charities working in a range of different sectors












Criminal Justice


Other (Slavery, mental health, community etc.)

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