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Congratulations to the winners of the Mayor’s Fund for London Awards 2016:

School of the Year: Laurel Lane Primary School

Teacher of the Year: Jon Datta – Forest Gate Community School

Innovation: Futureversity

Woman of Influence: Gracia McGrath – Chance UK

Special Recognition Award: Priya Lakhani, CENTURY Tech

Employer of the Year: Network Rail

Youth Employment Awareness: Norton Rose Fulbright

Young London Working Award: 2nd Chance

Mayor’s Fund for London Award – Organisation: Berkeley Foundation

Mayor’s Fund for London Award – Individual: Sophie Livingstone – City Year UK

London Student of the Year Award – under 18: Alexander Volponi

Young Londoner of the Year (16-24 yrs old): Raiché Mederick

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Young Londoner of the Year, Raiché Mederick with Will Gore of the Evening Standard and Louise Barnell from A.N.D.

 

Our shortlist included:

  • 2nd Chance
  • Sulieman Bangura-Davis
  • Berkeley Foundation
  • Broadford Primary School
  • TJ Dobson
  • Downshall Primary School
  • East Thames Group
  • FutureVersity
  • Jon Datta, Forest Gate Community School
  • Priya Lakhani, CENTURY Tech
  • Laurel Lane Primary School
  • Sophie Livingstone, City Year UK
  • London Works
  • Jennifer Maillot, Millennium Primary School
  • Daniel Malomo
  • Gracia McGrath, Chance UK
  • Raiché Mederick
  • Network Rail
  • Norton Rose Fullbright LLP
  • Rozie Skinner, A Fairer Chance
  • Susie McKenna, Hackney Empire
  • Alexander Volponi
  • Working Chance

Our judging panel comprises:

  • Rajesh Agrawal – Deputy Mayor for Business
  • Kim Chaplain – Director of the Charitable Portfolio, Mayor’s Fund for London
  • Kate Franks – Foundation Manager, Innocent Foundation
  • Will Gore – Deputy Managing Editor, ES
  • Harvey McGrath – Trustee of the Mayor’s Fund for London
  • Jill Rudnick – Director of Partnerships and Communications, Mayor’s Fund for London

The Mayor’s Fund for London Awards 2016 celebrate individuals, organisations and schools making a positive impact on the social mobility of young Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds. With a commitment to excellence, our 3rd annual awards honour achievement and influence.

Deadline for entries: midnight on Sunday 24 July 2016

In addition to our usual categories of Mayor’s Fund for London Award, Young London Working Award and Employer of the Year Award, our new award categories aim to recognise:

  • Innovation and influence
  • Teachers and schools, acknowledging those who have gone above and beyond to inspire greater aspiration in their students,
  • Outstanding employers and partner organisations for their commitment to increasing access and awareness to employment and pre-employment training opportunities for young Londoners
  • Two inspiring individuals, who will be named Young Londoner of the Year.
  • An inspiring woman who has influenced young Londoners and the opportunities available to them.

 

Deadline for entries: midnight on Sunday 24 July 2016

Why enter

Winning a Mayor’s Fund for London award brings widespread recognition for the organisations, schools and individuals and their achievements. You or your nominee will be acknowledged as the best in your field, as well as setting standards of excellence in supporting young Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Nominations

Individuals, schools and organisations are invited to either nominate themselves or nominate others with the following guidelines:

  • If you are nominating an individual, you must discuss the application with that individual before submitting the application. An email address for yourself and the individual must be provided.
  • If a corporate partner is nominating their community partner, they must discuss the application with the community partner first. An email address for the community partner must be provided on the application form.
  • If a community partner is nominating their corporate partner, they must discuss the application with the corporate partner first. An email address for the corporate partner must be provided on the application form.
  • If the nomination is successful, the Award will be given to the corporate partner and not the community organisation.

The judging panel

A judging panel of recognised industry leaders is in the process of being confirmed and members will be announced in the coming weeks. The expert panel will all share a passion for championing and supporting young Londoners.

How to apply

Entry is free and simple. Once you have read the criteria, rules and tips for entering, identify which award you would like to apply for and click on the “enter here” button. Applications must be received by midnight on Sunday 24 July 2016. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Award categories and criteria

Applications and nominations are invited for the following award categories.

Additional awards

As well as the awards above, that are open for entry, the Mayor’s Fund for London will also award the following:

Mayor’s Fund for London Award – Individual

The winner of this award will be chosen by the Mayor’s Fund for London, taking into consideration the applicants from all categories above. The successful individual will demonstrate outstanding achievement and lasting impact in tackling the skills and employment agenda for young Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds.

MAYOR’S FUND FOR LONDON AWARD – ORGANISATION

The winner of this award will be chosen by the Mayor’s Fund for London, taking into consideration the applicants from all categories above. The successful organisation will demonstrate outstanding achievement and lasting impact in tackling the skills and employment agenda for young Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Young London Working Award

The winner of this award will be an employer, provider or funder chosen by the Young London Working team, taking into consideration the contribution made to the aims of Young London Working and will be supported by performance evidence from that project. The award recognises initiatives that support high quality interventions in tackling issues of youth unemployment, offering opportunity to influence and advocate positive change across the wider labour market.

Guidelines for Entering

  1. The Awards reward activities taking place in Greater London, not throughout the UK. Individuals and organisations are, however, eligible to apply for an award if their work or national programme has a London centred element. In this case, the application should reflect that London-based work. Click here to see Greater London’s 33 boroughs.
  2. Where two or more organisations are working in partnership on the same project, only one application should be submitted.
  3. Nominations must be submitted via this website. No hard copy entries will be accepted.
  4. Only fully completed entry forms will be accepted. Word limits are to be strictly observed. Judges will only receive the exact number of words requested.
  5. All nominations must relate to accomplishments occurring within the last 12 months.
  6. The entry form represents the full and entire official entry.
  7. If you nominate someone for more than one award, each nomination must be submitted as a separate entry.
  8. Completed nominations must be submitted no later than midnight on Sunday 24 July 2016.
  9. On receipt of your entry, the awards administrators will confirm its arrival by email. If you do not obtain such a receipt within 3 working days, it is your responsibility to contact us to confirm its arrival. Unless you have this written confirmation from us, we cannot guarantee the arrival of your entry.
  10. It is essential that we can contact the nominee easily with questions regarding the submission, or for judging enquiries. Therefore, please provide us with full contact details on the entry form.
  11. Shortlisted organisations and individuals will be informed in September 2016. The winners will be announced in October 2016 and invited to City Hall to receive their awards on a date to be confirmed.
  12. The Mayor’s Fund for London will publish details of the shortlisted entrants and category winners, including profiles of their projects/services etc. using the information taken from the entry form. We will not reveal the names of those organisations/individuals that are not shortlisted. Details will be published on our website, through social media, and to media via a press release, plus any other channels chosen by the Mayor’s Fund for London.

Tips for entering

Remember that by the time the judges get to your entry, they may have already sifted through hundreds of others so make yours stand out. Here are some tips:

  • If you are nominating someone else, involve them. Make the entry a joint effort. This will often produce a better, more comprehensive summary, as well as making the story more interesting.
  • Involve your beneficiary/s. Often the most persuasive words are from the people you/your nominee(s) support. Get them to add a statement of support or a quote to make your submission stand out.
  • Tell a good story. Write your submissions as though you are telling a really good story and don’t be shy about talking about successes and achievements.
  • Keep it simple. Less is often more. Avoid jargon and flowery language. Check for typos, spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Stick to the truth. Don’t exaggerate or include spurious claims, as judges will see through them.
  • Be ruthless when redrafting. Once you’ve written your rough draft submission, read it over several times and cut out superfluous information. This will make it much clearer. It’s also a good idea to get someone who hasn’t been directly involved to look over it to double check for clarity.

Good luck!

Call us if you have any questions on 020 7983 4051.

Application form

Please provide below a maximum 500 word summary of why the nominee should win the award.

By clicking the submit button, you agree that the Mayor’s Fund for London can contact you in relation to the Awards and can use all the information provided to further your application.

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Entries can include supporting evidence in addition to their application. This should not exceed more than a double side of A4 which can include photos or graphics and must be in PDF, JPG, or PNG format. Maximum file size 2MB.

Please ensure you have thoroughly reviewed your application before submitting as changes cannot be made once submitted.

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