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This East London women’s charity is fighting back against austerity—now, its future is under threat

You Make It helps unemployed young women of colour living in East London find employment—and a sense of self. But as cuts bite, its own future is under threat

By Ciaran Thapar  

Young women at a You Make It event. Photo: Courtesy the author

In December 2017, Joy was sat in her local job centre in Hackney, north-east London. Having recently graduated from university, home life was becoming unbearable. Whilst her mother battled multiple sclerosis and the discovery of a tumour, Joy was diagnosed with depression.

“I couldn’t decide: should I focus on improving my mental health, or on getting a job? I was stuck. There were times when I questioned whether there was any point even being…

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