Over 400 people gathered at London’s Guildhall last night (Thursday 17th November) to hear how businesses can collaborate with the public and voluntary sectors to tackle inequality and youth unemployment in the capital.
The ‘Creating a better future together for London’ event was hosted by Andrew Parmley, Lord Mayor of the City of London, and Sir Clive Woodward OBE in conjunction with our mates at OnSide Youth Zones, a charity which is creating cross-sector partnerships designed to support young people, particularly those from deprived backgrounds, in some of the city’s boroughs.
Young people from Wolverhampton supported the event by running boxing demonstrations and singing in front of over 400 people.
Attendees included a cross section of representatives from city institutions, large employers such as UBS and Virgin Money, government, charitable bodies, borough councils and voluntary organisations.
Young people from across the UK were present at the event to share their experiences and a virtual reality tour of a Youth Zone gave attendees a sense of the facilities, activities and services on offer.
Andrew Parmley, Lord Mayor of the City of London, said: “London’s long-term success depends on having a bold belief in our young people and supporting them with the investment needed to build their skills, capabilities and aspirations.
“The City of London Corporation is calling on City businesses to do more to help solve the youth unemployment crisis.
“With the right approach, businesses, communities, educators and charities can work together to make a difference to young people’s life chances.”
Charles Mindenhall, London Champion and Board Director of OnSide Youth Zones, said: “To tackle the issues created by inequality, society must ensure young people from disadvantaged backgrounds feel confident that they have every chance of reaching their full potential.
“It was heartening to see such a diverse range of stakeholders come together to explore how they can play a role in reaching this common goal.
“We’re proud to have had the opportunity to demonstrate our partnership model and to re-iterate our ambitious plans for extending the Youth Zone network across London over the coming years.”