News and events

Find out what we’ve been up to and discover the latest news on the capital’s opportunities for young people.

Innovative school projects supported for Maths Week London

Ahead of this year’s Maths Week London, the Mayor’s Fund for London has worked with generous partners to fund several exciting, inclusive, and innovative maths-based projects at schools across the capital. The Small Grants Scheme, launched earlier in the year, provides grants of up to £250 to London primary and secondary schools. Successful applying schools can

New CEO appointed at the Mayor’s Fund for London

The Mayor’s Fund for London has today announced the appointment of Jim Minton as its new Chief Executive, effective September 2022. Jim will be joining us at a pivotal time, as we experience a surge in demand across our programmes to support young people and families affected by the pandemic and the rising cost of

Young Londoners envision what lies ahead in 2030

Student ambassadors for Access Aspiration have shared their unique, individual visions of what the future holds for them – eight years from now. ‘My Future Self: 2030’ was a project participated in by student ambassadors that help promote and shape Access Aspiration, our employability programme for 16-18-year-olds. As part of the project, they focused on three

Two new ambassadors join the Mayor’s Fund

We’re delighted to welcome two new ambassadors to the Mayor’s Fund for London; Amina Aweis and Peter Bakare. Amina is a neurodivergent accessibility advocate leading and shaping conversations about what it means to be digitally inclusive, receiving recognition from multiple industry leaders. Last year, she received the Rising Star award at the 2021 DevelopHER Awards

Join our first in-person Firm Foundations event

The Built Environment and Young People: Time to dismantle the myths will convene organisations from across the Built Environment (BE) as they myth bust common misconceptions about working in the industry. Hosted at the Dixon Hotel, based in London Bridge, Southwark, the event is free and open to anyone in the Built Environment. The inaugural in-person

School Notices boosts Access Aspiration programme for 2022

As part of our Access Aspiration programme, we’ll be sharing even more insightful employer encounters to young people across London – thanks to our new partnership with the online community, School Notices. Launched in 2014, School Notices is a free-to-join website where parents share advice, digest relevant lifestyle and educational content and buy and sell

HAF: the London experience

As part of our partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA), the Mayor’s Fund for London hosted a vibrant and informative discussion this morning for local authorities, delivery partners, London infrastructure bodies and charities in the food insecurity space interested in the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme in the capital. In the wake of

Chancellor confirms £200m for school holiday activities and food programme

The Treasury’s Budget announcement of £200m a year for the continuation of the holiday activities and food (HAF) programme is very welcome news. However, it is worrying that the Government has chosen to not extend eligibility for the scheme or to expand the number of children that are eligible for Free School Meals. Currently, nearly

Dismantling built environment barriers together

Hundreds of senior leaders and practitioners across the built environment joined the official launch of our Firm Foundations campaign today, which aims to make the industry more diverse and inclusive for young Londoners, especially those from diverse socio-economic and multi-ethnic backgrounds. Speakers at the virtual event included Geeta Nanda, CEO MTVH and chair of G15 group

Levelling the playing field for young Londoners

British Property Federation, Berkeley Group, the G15 group of London’s largest housing associations, JLL and many others lend their voice to help young Londoners from underrepresented communities enter and flourish in industry Racism is prevalent. Estates Gazette annual race report shows 84% of ethnic minority respondents feel racism is an issue in the sector and

Kitchen Social to provide 225,000 meals for London children

As the summer holidays kick off this week, over 27,500 children at risk of food insecurity and isolation are set to access free meals and holiday activities via our Kitchen Social programme. Launched in 2017, Kitchen Social was originally intended as a three-year programme. However, the combined impact of Covid-19 on low-income families, Brexit on

Celebrating our Access Aspiration Student Ambassadors

Last week, we held a special virtual celebration event for our Access Aspiration Student Ambassadors to thank them for all their hard work over the past academic year. But who are our Student Ambassadors? But who are our Student Ambassadors? They are a passionate group of young people currently participating in the programme and who

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