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Welcome to our blog. Here, you can find all of our latest articles on the work we and others are doing to help young Londoners lead happy and fulfilling lives.

An update from our CEO

Three months ago, the world changed. Lockdown was announced and instantly much of our daily lives and routines ground to a halt. Though it was difficult in those first few weeks to assess precisely how much low income families would be affected, we knew there was no time to lose. So, we turned to you.

Why work experience matters

London is not sorted. Over the last few weeks, multiple new reports have shone a light on the fragmented social mobility landscape we see in our capital. Among other findings, our One City, Two Worlds report found that one in four young people from low-income backgrounds believe that ‘people like me’ do not succeed in life. This

Education and the power to succeed

Last month, The Sutton Trust, in collaboration with the Social Mobility Commission, published its excellent “Elitist Britain 2019” report. The research highlights how inequality is still very much entrenched in society, with executive powers across a range of industries in the hands of a relatively narrow section of the population. Media, civil service, and creative

Dame Emma Thompson champions children’s right to food

Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard a lot about the impact of food insecurity from teachers who say worsening child poverty is harming learning because “most of my class arrive at school hungry and thirsty…” (BBC, 14.04.2019) and read research on ‘how going hungry affects children for their whole lives’ (Mosaic Science, 09.04.2019). And

Racism – our responsibility to tackle

By Sietske van der Ploeg, Head of Impact and Partnerships, Mayor’s Fund.  Recently, the media has lauded football players such as Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose for speaking up about the persistent racial abuse they receive whilst doing their job. The praise is deserved – these are young men who show courage in standing up

“CREATIVITY WORKS HAS OPENED MY EYES…”

“University drop out, retail sales assistant and dreaming about making a difference through the media industry. When I came across the opportunity to join Creativity Works, I had just come back from volunteering with a film-team at a summer festival…another short-term opportunity. I was waiting for that big chance to arise to work full time

#AreYouListening? Cuz We’re Talking

By Tahira Bakhtiari, Youth Board member, Mayor’s Fund On Monday 10th December, Youth Board members from the Mayor’s Fund for London, Transport for London and Royal Society for Blind Children came together for the first time to premiere their short film, Are You Listening. Eighteen months in the making, from planning to execution, the board

Go Girls fight for Gender Equality

Only 5.5% of engineering professionals are women Only 13% of those working in STEM occupations are women The percentage of girls taking A-Level Physics has stayed at 20% for the last 20 years Last December, a team of passionate Year 6 pupils from Newham launched a campaign to promote gender equality in their community. The

Striving for victory at Drapers’ Academy

Last week, the Mayor’s Fund were invited to Drapers’ Academy in Havering to support their in-school Count on Us Secondary Maths Challenge tournament! Over 50 pupils from across Years 8 & 9 were invited to take part in the tournament after having practised hard in Maths lessons. In a real three-round tournament, the pupils challenged

Mad about maths at Langdon Academy

Last week, the Mayor’s Fund visited Langdon Academy in Newham to support their first-ever Count on Us Secondary Maths Challenge tournament! Over 50 pupils from across Years 8 & 9 stayed after school where they were introduced to the activities and then challenged to get competitive. From dominoes and shape games, to mental math and

Alex Chisholm visits Enterprise Adviser school

Year 10 pupils at Barnhill Community High School shared their career aspirations with Alex Chisholm, Permanent Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), as part of a visit organised by the Enterprise Advisers Network. The network was set up by The Careers & Enterprise Company to link senior business volunteers with

Norlington School crowned Maths Champions

Hey, this is Hafiz from Hammersmith Academy, reporting after a great competition full of fun and challenging mathematics! At last week’s grand finale, Norlington School from Waltham Forest took home the trophy and a trip to Bletchley Park after becoming champions of this year’s Count on Us Secondary Challenge. In 2nd place came Gladesmore Community School

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