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Over a 100 years later, it’s now time to end holiday hunger

05 Jan 2018

Holiday hunger has been around for over a 100 years but we can end it this month. The original law introducing school meals to Britain was passed in 1907 – it allowed schools to provide food, but did not force them to do so. That legal obligation did not come until 1944. What’s more, officials…

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Children say no to knife crime at City Pitch

14 Dec 2017

Youngsters Say NO to Knives and NObesity as part of City Pitch, our dragon’s den style leadership programme which encourages children to step up and deliver social action ideas in their community. City Pitch is delivered partnership with the BE OPEN Foundation. We worked with 12 primary and secondary schools to identify the issues they want…

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London Children’s Festival Poem

30 Nov 2017

“The Children’s Charter” – a poem complied by Joelle Taylor Over a thousand schoolchildren from across the capital have been considering how they would make the world’s greatest city even better if they were “Mayor for the Day” as part of the London Children’s Festival, in partnership with the BE OPEN Foundation and, the Children’s…

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Runners claim the streets from Midnight2Midnight

04 Oct 2017

Over 400 runners took to the streets of London last weekend (29-30 Sept) for London’s epic 24 hour relay running event, Midnight2Midnight. The event was organised by London Midnight Runners who nominated us as the beneficiary charity for this annual event. Runners raised over £8,600 for our work with young Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds. As…

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The Art of Success with Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent

13 Sep 2017

This week, our Chief Executive Matthew Patten sits down with the inspirational Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent to talk about leadership and social mobility for The Art of Success Podcast. LISTEN NOW With over 20 years senior management experience, Matthew talks about his journey from starting out as a tea boy in an agency to now sitting in City…

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Youth Board helps evaluate Kitchen Social

05 Sep 2017

Members of our Youth Board visited Kitchen Social holiday provision clubs over the summer to support with vital programme research and evaluation. The Kitchen Social campaign aims to tackle holiday hunger by supporting local community organisations to develop a food and social development offer for children over the school holidays. AJ, Erica, TJ, Jhemar and…

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03 Aug 2017

34 community hubs across 16 London boroughs are delivering holiday food provision this summer10,000 free meals will be provided to over 1,600 children as part of the Mayor’s Fund for London Kitchen Social programme Hubs in Bexley, Brent, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Havering, Hillingdon, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark…

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Young people keen to take on community social action

26 Jul 2017

SECONDARY SCHOOLS REWARDED FOR PASSION AND COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING LOCAL COMMUNITIES Schools win £1,500 each in City Pitch Secondary Finals at City Hall Proposed ideas included tackling mental health and loneliness, engaging the elderly, celebrating diversity, and combating knife crime Young people from six London secondary schools came together at City Hall this month to successfully…

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25 Jul 2017

The Mayor’s Fund for London has merged Access Aspiration, London’s largest provider of aspirational placements for state schools, into its organisation. Both charities are committed to improving the social mobility of young Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds by enhancing their employability. Access Aspiration works with London schools to provide high quality work experience opportunities and in-school…

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25 Jul 2017

Pupils from 179 schools took part in this year’s Count on Us Maths Challenge with the top 15 primary schools and top 12 secondary schools coming together at City Hall this summer to compete in nail-biting finals. The event saw schools cracking challenges that included 24® Card Game, Codebreaking, Tangrams, Pentominoes, Geometric Puzzling and Game…

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Boot Camp Run raises over £7,000

17 Jul 2017

On 30 June the GLA Running Club and the Midnight Runners hosted the inaugural Mayor’s Fund 10k Boot-Camp Run, sponsored by the LaLiT London. Runners raised more than £7,000 in support of ‘Kitchen Social’ which aims to tackle young Londoners’ growing social isolation and hunger outside of term time. Thank you to all those who took…

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Primary schools pitch social action projects at City Hall

29 Jun 2017

FUNDING AWARDED TO PRIMARY SCHOOLS FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL PROJECTS Six schools win £1,500 each in City Pitch Primary Finals at City Hall Proposed ideas included tackling knife crime, promoting social cohesion, and encouraging family fitness schemes  Young people from six London schools came together at City Hall yesterday, complete with business plans, budgets and time schedules,…

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APPG on Hunger recommendations released

25 Apr 2017

Statement by Matthew Patten, Chief Executive, Mayor’s Fund for London “We welcome today’s report from the APPG on Hunger and support its recommendations for government action. Today’s report clearly explains how just £41.5m of the Sugary Drinks Levy (i.e. existing funding) could have a massive impact on solving this problem across the country, bringing together…

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Youth Board at WE Day: Uniting for Youth Social Change

30 Mar 2017

On Wednesday 22nd March, the Mayor’s Fund for London’s Youth Board attended the annual WE Day celebration at Wembley Arena. The Youth Board is made up of 15-24 year old Londoners, who support our work by acting as Youth Ambassadors for our programmes and our charity. They are also currently working on their own film…

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Call for MPs to tackle ‘Holiday Hunger’

22 Mar 2017

A group of over 30 organisations, including national charities, businesses and academics, are calling on the UK administrations to commit to eliminating ‘Holiday Hunger’, where children from poorer families struggle to eat a nutritious diet during school holidays. The letter sent to the relevant Secretaries of State and Cabinet Secretaries congratulates the Welsh Government on…

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Cabinet office visit for the Enterprise Advisers Network

15 Mar 2017

Last week, pupils from Jo Richardson Community School in Dagenham visited Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood at his office in Whitehall. The young people were invited by Sir Jeremy, the UK’s most senior civil servant, to showcase the benefits of the London Enterprise Advisers Network. They also heard more about careers in the civil service….

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