Blog 6: school’s out, flamingos in

24th July 2015

We owe you an apology dear readers. With our communications manager off (having procreated) the Mayor’s Fund blog has been a little neglected. Now, with schools out for summer, we return with news aplenty.


Flamingos and festivals were flavour of the season for our Creativity Works programme. This week 35 young Londoners celebrated completing the Festivals project, a ten week employability course that included mentoring from our wonderful supporters the Berkeley Foundation, hands-on work experience and a visit to Glastonbury and the Pyramid Stage to meet none other than Michael Eavis.

Pyramids, pentominoes and puzzles featured at our inaugural Count on Us Secondary Challenge Final, in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation. Bexleyheath Academy were crowned as champions after 12 schools tackled challenges that also involved tangrams, algebra and codebreaking at City Hall.

While London Secondary schools tackled mathematical reasoning, Grange Primary school got to grips with Paralympic Judo bronze and silver-medallist Ian Rose, who was on hand to help celebrate one year of Be the Best You Can Be! With almost three years since London 2012, the legacy programme continues to install confidence and aspiration in young Londoners across the city. David Hemery, founder of 21st Century Legacy, created the programme and our friends at Taylor Wimpey help support.

Meanwhile, our Young London Working team are reaping a fruitful month, with a record number of job starts for 2015. A whopping 32 young Londoners have started work in July already, and another seven employers have been engaged. As ever, we are very grateful to Goldman Sachs who provide fantastic support.