We want to give more hope to the 600,000 children living in poverty in London.
The Mayor's Fund is a new charity aimed at helping to improve the lives of the many thousands of poor young people and children in London. The programme aims to provide disadvantaged youngsters with the following:
- a better start in life
- a better educational experience
- better things to do
- a better job.
The Fund was launched in April 2009. It will invest in projects with proven results in tackling child poverty and will work in partnership with a range of organisations. Local residents will also be consulted on the best ways to tackle poverty in their area.
How the Mayor's Fund will work
Initially, the programme will be tested in a square mile around Shoreditch – eleven wards across three boroughs: Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets. There three projects:
- London Learning: bringing together the best of literacy, numeracy, social behaviour and family support initiatives. This will be delivered by Every Child A Chance and School Home Support (based in six primary schools).
- London Safe: providing local young people aged 7-16 with learning resources aimed at increasing safety and tackling crime, bullying and abuse in primary and secondary schools. This will be via a partnership between Kids Taskforce, the Met Police and local schools.
- London Achieving: a mentoring and support programme for children who have no family members that have ever gone on to education beyond 16. Run by Morpeth secondary school, it will focus on raising aspirations.
In 2010 the charity will launch an £8 million scheme across four local authorities around Shoreditch and will expand Londonwide by 2013.