News and events

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

Meet the Entrepreneurs

  The Mayor’s Entrepreneur Programme is a competition supported by the Citi Foundation that invites London students to come up with smart ideas to improve their city. It can’t have been an easy year to take part in the competition, but very well done and congratulations to the four winners of the 2020 awards: Creative

National Hygiene Week

We are excited to highlight The Hygiene Bank’s National Hygiene Week, starting today. The Hygiene Bank is a grass roots charity that believes everyone deserves a dignified life and being clean should not be a luxury. We worked with them in July, with the support of Hey Girls, who collectively donated 7,000 period products to

New employability campaign launched: Back on Track

This week, as schools go back across London, we are launching our new big appeal, Back on Track. We need your support to help us change the lives of 40,000 young Londoners from low income and Black, Asian and Minority backgrounds. COVID-19 has made life even harder for London’s young people. They have missed out

Creativity Works alumni launch new zine

We’re proud to support our young Creativity Works alumni with their new project, ‘failsafe’ – a zine designed to encourage young creatives to showcase, embrace, and even celebrate failure. Here, the team tell us about their plans to launch failsafe and how you can get involved.  We are failsafe, 8 creatively minded young ‘uns who

Tamzin Outhwaite helps tackle food poverty

As part of our Champions for Children campaign to help London children living in poverty recover from the coronavirus crisis, prominent Londoner and mum of two Tamzin Outhwaite today volunteered at the Skyline Kitchen Social Hub, in North London, and helped prepare and deliver free nutritious meals for some of the hardest hit children and

Champions for Children is now live!

ONE WEEK ONLY! 12pm 23 June – 12pm 30 June We are raising vital funds to help support children and families in London who are struggling to access nutritious, healthy food and social activities during the pandemic. Every online donation you or your company makes during this week will be DOUBLED. Last week, we learned

Government U-turn on extension of Free School Meals over summer

We welcome the news, released earlier today by the Government, that the Free School Meal voucher scheme will be continued over summer 2020 for children and young people. Kitchen Social has been campaigning for all children from a low income background to be able to access nutritious food, safe community venues and enriching activities during

Lambeth and Southwark’s Summer of Food and Fun

We’re excited to finally share the news that we have joined forces with Lambeth Council and Southwark Council to provide an extended programme of holiday food and activity this summer. Beginning on 22 July, the ‘Lambeth and Southwark’s Summer of Food and Fun’ programme will ensure that children and young people (aged 4-19 years), their

9,000 children’s books gifted to London families this summer

This summer, we are delighted to announce that children and young people supported by our Kitchen Social programme will receive one of 9,000 brand new books donated by HarperCollins and an exciting activity pack alongside their food parcel, thanks to our new partnership with the National Literacy Trust. From today, families with children and young

A special video message from Dame Helen Mirren

Award-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren has been a supporter of our work for many years. Having seen the devastating impact of the coronavirus on our society and the relief effort we have been providing to vulnerable families, Helen wanted to send a message giving her thanks to everyone who has donated to our emergency appeal

Dizzee Rascal visits his local Kitchen Social hub

World famous artist Dizzee Rascal made a surprise visit to Bygrove Primary School in Poplar today to volunteer and support food relief efforts for the local community. Dizzee spent the morning packing food parcels and serving meals to children and families. The parcels contained enough food to make five meals for a family of four,

Introducing Digital Digest

New research by the Food Foundation has shown that during the Coronavirus crisis, more than 200,000 children are skipping meals because families don’t have enough food during the lockdown. In 2019, the Greater London Authority estimated that 400,000 children in London aged 16 or under were living in food insecurity.  Of these, only 196,000 qualify

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