As part of The Literacy Project, HarperCollins is to donate 10,000 books by authors including Michael Morpurgo, Ant Middleton and David Walliams to the Mayor’s Fund for London via its Kitchen Social programme to support families during the Covid-19 pandemic. The books will be received by 25-30 Kitchen Social hubs, currently serving over 1,700 young
London’s epic 24 hour relay run is back!
Saturday 29 September 2018 – starts and finishes outside City Hall
It’s NOT a race and it’s NOT about how fast you run. It’s about sharing your run with other people, embracing London, doing something good and having A LOT of fun.
Midnight2Midnight is 24 x 10km running loops starting on the hour, every hour, accompanied by the Midnight Runners crew. Simply pay your entry fee and then run one, two, several or even all of them!
Expect great music, iconic views and a lot of new friendships. Your whole entrance fee will be donated to the Mayor’s Fund for London and runners are encouraged to raise sponsorship to further support the charity.
Enhancing holiday provision for young people
Kitchen Social has been busy providing good things to eat and do this summer with over 90 local hubs (including 11 schools!) delivering holiday provision.
And we couldn’t do what we do without the support of our lovely friends!
Thanks to chefs at The Ned, the children and young people at these hubs have enjoyed sampling exotic fruits and fresh pastries and they’ve also taken part in healthy eating workshops thanks to Chartwells, specialist providers of catering to the education sector. The good folk at Caravan and Wahaca restaurant chains have been promoting discretionary donations to their customers during the summer holidays and volunteers from Bloomberg have been getting creative at hubs with fun painting and gardening activities.
We were also delighted to have teamed up with The Felix Project and chefs at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Hyde Park, to help divert 2 tonnes of good-quality nutritious surplus food to 17 of our Kitchen Social hubs. Mandarin chefs kindly volunteered their culinary expertise and services by lending a helping hand in the kitchen during mealtimes, as well as educating young people about nutrition and sustainability.
By the end of the 2017/18 academic year, Kitchen Social will have engaged 123 hubs across 24 boroughs and, on average, served 17,400 meals to 2,780 children and young people. Youth clubs, schools, churches, adventure playgrounds and community centres across London are amongst those providing free meals and activities for the capital’s hungry school children.
A feature of the Mayor of London’s Food Strategy, Kitchen Social is a response to a wider national campaign tackling food insecurity in the school holidays. We aim to raise £2m to feed a minimum of 50,000 children across all 33 London boroughs by 2020 as well as campaign alongside others to call for statutory responsibility to achieve the positive educational, social and health benefits that holiday food provision would bring all young Londoners.
If you’d like to support the programme or get involved with our campaign, please get in touch.
Young Londoners launch social action ideas
City Pitch gives young Londoners a voice about what matters to them and how, if given the opportunity, they would tackle issues facing their community. The programme gives pupils from primary and secondary schools across London the opportunity to plan and launch social action projects, whilst developing leadership, project management, and communication skills.
The 2017/2018 programme ends this summer and what a fantastic year it’s been!
“As one of our pupils said, it has made them feel tiny and giant at the same time – they are ready to take on the world! I can’t thank you enough for what you have done for our pupils, we think City Pitch is the most fantastic opportunity they could be given.” – Teacher, Ferry Lane Primary School
Beginning with Leadership Days in schools and culminating in a dragon’s den style event at City Hall for finalist teams, we’ve seen young peoople show outstanding creativity, passion and determination to make a difference.
Some of the fantastic community project ideas have included: tackling knife crime; fighting obesity; engaging the elderly, supporting the homeless and terminally-ill children, promotion of mental and physical health and advocating gender equality.
This year’s City Pitch programme was kindly supported by the Be Open Foundation.
Young people increase aspirations
Access Aspiration is an employability programme designed to provide careers support and guidance for 16 –24 year old young Londoners who are making key decisions about their future careers but struggle to make links with employers.
As the 2017-18 academic year draws to an end, we still have some young people who are making the most of the opportunities on offer to them – including work experience placements at BT, the Metropolitan Police and Stylist magazine.
We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved over the last year and look forward to inspiring a whole new cohort of students in the next.
“I would really recommend that schools partner with Access Aspiration to help reach their Destinations and Careers goals for the year. Not only have Access been able to provide excellent services such as student interviews led by business professionals, their work experience offering has meant that many of my students have been able to place themselves in really high value opportunities.” Teacher – Putney Academy
We are currently matching students to work experience opportunities for October half term, if you are interested in having a young person join your team for a week please contact us today.
If you’re interested in supporting our work, or want to find out more, we’d love to hear from you.
New Government HAF support package announced
The Government’s recent announcement outlining a significant funding package to help alleviate child food poverty in the UK is a very welcome step in the right direction. As one of the recipients of the Holiday Food and Activities grant this summer, we know just how much of a huge lifeline the extension of the scheme
London and New York youth connect in exciting virtual event
A commitment to supporting the ideas and creativity of young people is the driving force behind My City and Me – a project that gives young people a creative platform to share their experiences of the pandemic. On Wednesday, the project concluded with an exciting virtual event for our young people and like-minded young New