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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.

What I learnt about careers through Access Aspiration

We spoke to Queren Ngiay, student at Oxford Brookes University, about her experience of the Access Aspiration programme and how it has impacted her career so far. How did you come to be on the Access Aspiration programme? I first heard about Access Aspiration in sixth form when my homeroom teacher gave us an introduction

How Access Aspiration kick-started my career

Ali Siddiqi took part in our Access Aspiration programme in 2018. He is now an Apprentice Surveyor at JLL. Here he shares his journey into work.  Access Aspiration opened doors for me and gave me opportunities I thought I would never have access to. Not only did it help my confidence and grow my self-esteem,

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

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