The cost of living crisis is unbearable for an increasing number of young people from low-income backgrounds. At the Mayor’s Fund for London, our food, education and employment programmes help to safeguard and transform the life chances of over 35,000 4–24-year-old young Londoners every year.
We are now seeing the impact of the worst cost of living crisis in decades, disproportionately affecting minoritised ethnic groups. There has been a huge surge in demand across our food and activity programmes both during term time and school holiday periods. Families are having to choose between heating their homes, using energy to cook or paying to travel to work or school. Our education and employability programmes are seeing heightened demand with record numbers of requests for support.
We want to expand our partnerships, grow our reach, deliver new campaigns and co-design a range of new interventions. Currently, our Kitchen Social and Take & Make programmes work with 100+ community organisations across London to improve children’s access to food and social activities. Our Count on Us numeracy programme supports nearly 100 schools, to improve confidence and attainment. Access Aspiration and Creativity Works careers/employability programmes provide support for 16–24-year-olds.