Family Mosaic accused of ‘breaching values’

PUBLISHED: 13:44 31 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:44 31 March 2015

The group protesting about Family Mosaic

The group protesting about Family Mosaic


Housing association and charity, Family Mosaic, has been accused of backtracking on its core values for making four workers who support people with learning difficulties homeless and jobless.

The staff who are based in Hackney provide regular face-to-face contact to vulnerable adults, helping them with their health needs, daily living, mental health and benefits issues, and are provided with accommodation attached to their employment.

But now Family Mosaic has announced it is cutting this service, leading Unite the union and Digs, the Hackney renters group, to raise concerns vulnerable service users will not have their needs met.

They have pointed out the charity has £53 million in the bank in reserves, which they could use to find a better outcome for staff and service users.

Heather Kennedy from Digs said: “Family Mosaic is behaving like the worse kind of callous, money-grabbing private landlord – it’s sad to see such a large housing association abandon its integrity and concern for the well-being of its service users and staff.

“Family Mosaic claims to be dedicated to their customers and claim to have the ‘courage to do the right thing’.”

“They need to remind themselves of such values and get round the table with their staff and try and figure out a solution that benefits its clients instead of just the bottom line of its balance sheet.”

Family Mosaic said the cuts are as a result of Hackney Council slashing its adult social care budget.

A spokesman added: “Additionally there is a need for the release of additional supported accommodation for people with learning disabilities within the borough. There is a shortage of self-contained housing for vulnerable people in the borough and this resource is critical.

“Local authorities and providers are facing significant financial pressure and it is no longer possible for us to offer free rented accommodation in exchange for a small number of support hours.”

Latest Hackney Stories


Harry Redknapp is currently taking part in the latest series of I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!


Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff is delighted with his free-kick goal and his side’s fight back to win 3-1 against London rivals Bromley.


Arsenal Women’s Jordan Nobbs has been ruled out of the rest of the WSL season and could miss next summer’s World Cup in France after rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament, writes Joshua Bunting.

Finsbury Park has been stripped of its Green Flag status after a damning “mystery shopper” report by an environmental charity.


Jessica Naz netted her first goal for Tottenham Ladies in a 1-0 win over old rivals Charlton Athletic Women as her side returned to winning ways, writes Rosie Bonass.


One of the most popular pantomimes in London returns this Saturday for a landmark production written and directed by Susie McKenna.

The 50s pin-up model and actress Eve Eden helped raise £2 to fight cancer at a pub night in Mare Street.

Hackney’s eco chief is hosting a tree giveaway out of his own pocket, as a day-to-day means to tackle the “huge and urgent” problem that global warming presents.


Former teacher Steve shares his experiences as a foster carer for teenagers, from dealing with some of their more challenging behaviour, to the rewards of seeing a child develop into a happy and healthy adult

If you are an unpaid carer in Hackney over the age of 25, who would like to get back into work, then Working for Carers can provide the practical assistance and support you need.

Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists