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Since July 2012 25% of their UK workforce has engaged with London Youth on at least one volunteering event.

One project in 2012 saw a team of ten volunteers from the bank volunteer atStewarts Road Adventure Playground (a London Youth member organisation), to help regenerate an outdoor space so that the young members of the club could use it. Activities included: erecting fences, painting walls and planting new shrubs.

In early 2013 another project saw 14 volunteers from the bank become mentors to young people on Dare London, London Youth’s Youth Advisory Board, with the aim to:

  • Match professionals from a broad range of backgrounds with young people from the local communitySupport young people during their transition through important milestones in their life, including from education into employment
  • Enable young people and professionals to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence
  • Support young people in their aspirations, providing them with meaningful advice and encouragement

Michael, one of the young people on the mentoring project, said: “Having a mentor has really helped me to improve my CV and interview techniques”. Since the mentorprogramme began, Michael has successfully applied for the position of Logistics Officer for The Challenge Network, and is now in post.