Release Date: 24 May 2018
The borough’s community groups, charities, youth centres and schools are being encouraged to apply for a new fund to help at risk young people from being caught up in crime.
The Young Londoners Fund is worth £45 million over three years, with £15 million available to groups from around London who offer skills, training and mentoring to young people so they can reach their potential and avoid getting caught up in crime.
A further £500,000 is available specifically for community organisations to increase social integration and community cohesion through sport as part of the Sport Unites fund.
Cllr JF Burford, Assistant Cabinet Member for Arts, Culture and Sport, said:
“So many young people I meet just want to be given a chance and an equal advantage. This fund, and the community groups that apply for it, will help young people from all backgrounds achieve their full potential.
“With the rise of crime and threat of violence across the city, the Mayor's Fund creates an opportunity for our local community groups to get involved, and opens doors for young people to acquire the necessary skills to achieve their dreams and aspirations in the world of Arts, Culture and Sport.
“We are very lucky to have so many exceptional and diverse volunteer organisations in Richmond. I know that they will support the Mayor of London’s ambitions, and apply for the funding to help our borough’s young people secure employment, climb the career ladder and escape the threat of poverty.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
“I refuse to accept that nothing can be done to stem the appalling rise of violent crime we are seeing across the country. Community and grass-roots projects play a vital role in tackling the causes of violent crime within our communities, and giving more young Londoners the skills, support and aspirations they need to turn away from crime and fulfil their potential.
“As Mayor, I’m determined to help more young Londoners make positive choices – choices that will not only improve their own lives, but help to keep them, our communities and all Londoners safer.”
Bids must be submitted before Monday 9 July. Find out more information and advice on how to apply.
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Updated: 8 June 2018