Transforming London for the better

Matthew Patten, Chief Executive of the Mayor’s Fund for London, today announced that he will be moving on from the organisation on 31st August. Matthew joined the Mayor’s Fund for London as Chief Executive in 2012. Since then, the social mobility charity has seen its impact grow 4-fold, raising over £17m to support its work.


Some of the capital’s largest employers came together at the House of Lords yesterday to discuss how we need to bridge the gap between young people reaching their potential and companies achieving their growth ambitions. Hosted by Lord Stanley Fink, the event allowed us to introduce our new enhanced employment offer to representatives of business, government,

Mayor announces £45m to help young Londoners

The Mayor’s Fund for London welcomes the new announcement by the Mayor and the Greater London Authority of £45million funding to support youth activities over the next three years. Matthew Patten, Chief Executive, Mayor’s Fund for London said: “London’s youth services have never been so hard-pressed so these new funds are very timely. At the

Over a 100 years later, it’s now time to end holiday hunger

Holiday hunger has been around for over a 100 years but we can end it this month. The original law introducing school meals to Britain was passed in 1907 – it allowed schools to provide food, but did not force them to do so. That legal obligation did not come until 1944. What’s more, officials

Children say no to knife crime at City Pitch

Youngsters Say NO to Knives and NObesity as part of City Pitch, our dragon’s den style leadership programme which encourages children to step up and deliver social action ideas in their community. City Pitch is delivered partnership with the BE OPEN Foundation. We worked with 12 primary and secondary schools to identify the issues they want

London Children’s Festival Poem

“The Children’s Charter” – a poem complied by Joelle Taylor Over a thousand schoolchildren from across the capital have been considering how they would make the world’s greatest city even better if they were “Mayor for the Day” as part of the London Children’s Festival, in partnership with the BE OPEN Foundation and, the Children’s

Runners claim the streets from Midnight2Midnight

Over 400 runners took to the streets of London last weekend (29-30 Sept) for London’s epic 24 hour relay running event, Midnight2Midnight. The event was organised by London Midnight Runners who nominated us as the beneficiary charity for this annual event. Runners raised over £8,600 for our work with young Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds. As

The Art of Success with Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent

This week, our Chief Executive Matthew Patten sits down with the inspirational Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent to talk about leadership and social mobility for The Art of Success Podcast. LISTEN NOW With over 20 years senior management experience, Matthew talks about his journey from starting out as a tea boy in an agency to now sitting in City

Youth Board helps evaluate Kitchen Social

Members of our Youth Board visited Kitchen Social holiday provision clubs over the summer to support with vital programme research and evaluation. The Kitchen Social campaign aims to tackle holiday hunger by supporting local community organisations to develop a food and social development offer for children over the school holidays. AJ, Erica, TJ, Jhemar and


34 community hubs across 16 London boroughs are delivering holiday food provision this summer10,000 free meals will be provided to over 1,600 children as part of the Mayor’s Fund for London Kitchen Social programme Hubs in Bexley, Brent, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Havering, Hillingdon, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark

Young people keen to take on community social action

SECONDARY SCHOOLS REWARDED FOR PASSION AND COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING LOCAL COMMUNITIES Schools win £1,500 each in City Pitch Secondary Finals at City Hall Proposed ideas included tackling mental health and loneliness, engaging the elderly, celebrating diversity, and combating knife crime Young people from six London secondary schools came together at City Hall this month to successfully


The Mayor’s Fund for London has merged Access Aspiration, London’s largest provider of aspirational placements for state schools, into its organisation. Both charities are committed to improving the social mobility of young Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds by enhancing their employability. Access Aspiration works with London schools to provide high quality work experience opportunities and in-school

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