17 December 2020

This year has been challenging for many people, and this is especially true for young people living in the most deprived areas of London. A huge number of young Londoners have faced issues with their mental health, educational needs and regular access to nutritious food.

During 2020, community youth organisations have served as a lifeline of support for many of those young people. We need high-quality grassroots youth work more than ever to make sure that young people growing up in poverty get the right support.

In November, we announced our new partnership with Burberry to support 15 London Youth members by providing unrestricted grants of £12k and then programme grants of £12-£15k a year over the next two years. The grants focus on alleviating hunger and helping young people growing up in poverty to catch up on education they would have missed out on during the first lockdown. In addition, there are provisions to support young people’s mental health during these difficult times.

Working together with Burberry, we’ve identified grassroots community youth organisations on the frontline of providing much needed support for young people. Thanks to Burberry’s support, we are excited to announce the following London Youth members have been funded to deliver this vital work over the winter period and beyond:

All Change Arts
Big Kid Foundation
Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation (IRMO)
Kids N Action
Knight’s Youth Centre
Leaders in Community
Lewisham Irish Community Centre
Lewisham Youth Theatre
Paddington Arts
South Central Youth
St. Matthew’s Project
TAG Youth Club for Disabled Young People
Teen Action
The Sulgrave Club
Young Urban Arts Foundation

This much-needed support provided though Burberry will fund projects such as cooking sessions where young people will learn to cook a meal and learn about healthy lifestyles or delivering hampers for young people and their families to provide food parcels and essential toiletries throughout the winter as well as small presents for young children.

The grant will also allow youth clubs to continue to stay open over the winter period and continue to run additional COVID-secure sessions for their most vulnerable young people. One young person told their youth club after the first lockdown “one thing I miss about normal life is where I could be with everyone.”

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Burberry has partnered with Marcus Rashford MBE to support charities working with young children and young people living in poverty and we are excited to be joining forces to support this work.

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