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The Mayor of London’s – Team London

The Mayor of London’s – Team London

We pledge to  continue to offer young Londoners a variety of free programmes, opportunities and resources to help them to take meaningful social action. By doing this they will develop their character, employability and personal skills while benefiting London and Londoners. We will also increase our work with disadvantaged groups of young people which will help to reduce barriers to social mobility and social integration. This includes working with more young people studying in Alternative Provision, and more vulnerable young people such as young carers, refugees and young people seeking asylum.

Team London Young Ambassadors

Team London Young Ambassadors is the Mayor’s volunteering programme which helps primary and secondary pupils to start their own social action based volunteering projects. Thousands of young people have improved their schools and communities by setting up projects on issues they care about such as food poverty, homelessness, bullying, connecting generations and the environment. The programme has reached 2,100 schools, engaged 400,000 young people, and has inspired 120,000 active volunteers.

HeadStart London

HeadStart London helps 16-18 year olds still in education to volunteer. In return, they are rewarded with employability workshops and guaranteed interviews for paid work with partner businesses. Since launching, it has helped 8,000 young people to give over 140,000 hours of volunteering to their communities.

HeadStart Action

HeadStart Action is a geographically and demographically focused personal and social development programme targeted at young people aged 14-18, who are at risk of becoming NEET and require greater support to be in education, employment or training. Young people are supported to take part in social action, employability skills training and work experience.


2Work is one of City Hall’s European Social Fund employment support programmes. It helps Londoners aged 18-24 who are not currently in education, training or employment. The programme uses volunteering, tailored support and employability training to help young Londoners learn skills, gain confidence and get experience, so they are ready to enter the world of work, education or training and sustain. The programme will run from November 2017 to November 2019.

Team London and Thrive LDN Grants

In partnership with Thrive LDN, Team London are offering grants to community groups and charities to promote good mental health and wellbeing in young people and to reduce the stigma associated with mental health. The grants will fund volunteer projects for young Londoners disproportionately affected by mental health such as those within the criminal justice system or young refugees or asylum seekers. These include micro grants for young people of £400, annual medium grants of £5,000 – £10,000, and multi-year grants of up to £50,000 over three years. The grant fund will run from 2017 to 2021.


Quote from Charlotte Hill, CEO at Step Up To Serve
“The #iwill campaign is driven by leaders from across society who are committed to making youth social action a normal part of growing up in the UK.
We know that young people want to play an active part in improving their communities, and that in doing so, they develop their own skills for work and life.
Over 350 cross-sector organisations so far have pledged to support youth social action, and say #iwill. What will you do?”