February newsletter

Find out what we got up to this month and other exciting things are coming up
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28th February 2020
New report on social mobility in London

Just 17% of London’s professional jobs are held by young people from low income backgrounds, compared to 30% nationally. Additionally, one in four young Londoners think that ‘people like me’ do not succeed in life.

These are just some of the shocking findings from our brand new report, One City, Two Worlds, released in partnership with Oliver Wyman.

At the Mayor’s Fund for London, we will continue to play our part in changing this narrative.  Our Access Aspiration programme, for example, supports over 3000 young Londoners every year gain employability insights.

To kick-start the movement to fix London’s broken path to social mobility, One City, Two Worlds proposes a system overhaul, and calls for a better co-ordinated approach to create a ‘cradle to career’ pathway, which would include better use of data to direct support and funding decisions. The report also emphasises that the potential for immediate impact lies in the hands of corporate London who have an important role to play in placing socio-economic diversity at the core of their workforce strategies.

However, no one charity, company or local authority can do it all – we all have to take responsibility and make a change.

Let’s act now to create a fairer London for all.

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Behind the scenes at Conde Nast and the Home Office

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at a top fashion house, or at the government’s Home Office?

Find out in our latest blog post, which follows our Access Aspiration young people as they undertake work experience placements at top businesses over the February half term.

Also on offer were placements at The Metropolitan Police, Michelin star Italian restaurant The River Cafe, leading PR firm Halpern, independent investment company Alvarium, and international law firm Winston and Strawn, among many others.

Read the blog here.

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In case you missed it…

Right now, thousands of children in London are experiencing food insecurity. This is not acceptable, and we are committed to changing this narrative. On Monday 13th January, we held the first-ever London Children’s Food Insecurity Summit here at City Hall.

This event brought together key changemakers – including young people themselves – with the aim of putting children’s food insecurity firmly on the agenda and thinking hard about what can be done to ensure no child goes without.

Catch up on what went on by watching our video of the event and discover more on our website.

To make a change, we need to share this message far and wide. Therefore, please do share this video on your Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram and any other channels.

If you’d like to learn more about our Kitchen Social programme, get in touch with Project Manager Clara Widdison on cwiddison@mayorsfundforlondon.org.uk.

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Maths Week London 2020 is coming!

We are delighted to be supporting Maths Week London again this year, taking place 22-26 June 2020.

Maths Week London’s mission is to ignite a love of maths in children across the capital. Numeracy is a vital skill and we believe it can and should be enjoyable, relatable and accessible.

Working with schools and families, Maths Week London aims to:

  • Improve children’s confidence in mathematics and encourage a positive attitude
  • Demonstrate to children the value of maths as a lifelong skill by linking it to the wider world around them
  • Encourage all children to develop their maths skills and become confident mathematicians

Join in the celebration and register your school here.

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If you’re interested in supporting our work, or want to find out more, we’d love to hear from you.