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
Promoting diversity within the interiors industry
At the Mayor’s Fund, we believe that attracting and sustaining a diverse employee base will provide benefits both to business and society as a whole.
We continue to champion diverse young talent and inspire a future generation through our Diversity Pledge, which aims to break down barriers for young people from low-income and BAME backgrounds by working with London’s business community to transform their outreach, recruitment and progression practices.
Our employability programmes also continue to do their bit. Access Aspiration now works with thousands of students across London, of which 75% are from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) backgrounds. The works with top London businesses to provide high quality careers advice and work experience placements across a wide range of sectors from banking to beauty.
We are delighted to announce that the latest Access Aspiration partnership is with Design for Diversity – an initiative set up by interior designers Rukmini Patel and Kate Watson-Smyth to address the perceived lack of diversity in the interiors industry and how to solve it. Design for Diversity share our vision for a better world where the colour of your skin or where you grew up does not affect your future job prospects.
The designers will host a special ‘Access All Areas’ webinar for our students covering all aspects of the interiors industry, what to look out for and how to get a foot in the door. We hope this event will open our students’ eyes to a career in the interiors industry, raise aspirations among young people and promote inclusivity within an industry that, although presenting lots of opportunities, can often seem out of reach.
All of our Access Aspiration student resources are available to view here. If you’re interested in partnering with us on any of the initiatives mentioned above, please get in touch with Louise Richmond via firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about Design for Diversity, click here.
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
Young mathmaticians compete in pan-London maths tournament
Last week, Years 4 and 5 pupils and Years 7, 8 and 9 students came together in person to compete in socially distanced Finals for the 2021 Count on Us Challenge. After spending the last academic year practicing with teammates and against peers in a series of online heats, the finalist teams were excited to