Gender Balance in Young Londoners Fund

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6301
Question By: 
Florence Eshalomi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How are you ensuring that all young Londoners have services which they can access through the Young Londoners Fund? Specifically, how do you ensure young women and girls have activities which have been developed for them and that the commissioned services do not exclusively focus on activities which are typically considered ‘boys activities’ such as football and boxing?

Answer

Gender Balance in Young Londoners Fund

Gender Balance in Young Londoners Fund

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Grants awarded through the Young Londoners Fund so far will provide activities for over 60,000 young people across the capital. It is supporting a wide range of education, sport, cultural and other activities for young Londoners. These address the diverse needs of young people by offering targeted services for hard-to-reach groups as well as inclusive activities that are open to all.  You can find out more here https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/young-londoners-fund-projects

Applicants to the fund are required to provide robust evidence of the need for their proposed activities and to show the demand from young people. Applicants must also explain how young people have been involved in project design and development.  Young people themselves were involved in application scoring. 

Five projects are delivering activity specifically for young women and girls. One example is Hounslow Action for Youth’s ‘Agents For Change’ project. This delivers writing workshops and mentoring from women writers.  You can read more here:  https://www.london.gov.uk/city-hall-blog/international-womens-day-2019

Most projects started delivery in January 2019.  We are tracking the number of girls and young women being supported through our project monitoring process.