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Our Vision

 

The Childhood Trust is London's child poverty charity, founded with a simple vision: to support vulnerable children living in poverty in London.

Our work is focused on alleviating the impact of child poverty. London children are much more likely to live in poor households than children in the rest of England - 37% versus 26% and are less likely to be able to afford everyday items than those elsewhere in the country. 55% of poor children in London are materially deprived compared to 44% in the rest of England. 60% of London children in low income families do not have a week's holiday away from home (londonspovertyprofile.org, 2017)  

Child poverty is about more than income; for many children poverty can mean uncertainty, stress, hunger, loneliness, boredom, poor health and a lack of opportunities. The most disadvantaged children fall at least two years behind their peers when they come to sit their GCSE's. 

We work across three thematic areas, meeting children's Practical, Emotional and Inspirational needs. Support from local grassroots organisations across these themes promotes well being and resilience, strengthening vulnerable children's capacity to learn. Education provides one of the strongest routes out of poverty and our support provides disadvantaged children with stability, companionship and trust helping to raise aspirations, creating hope and narrowing the gap in educational attainment and life chances. 

Who we are

We work with projects throughout London, helping to provide vital support to children living in poverty. In addition to practical and emotional support we also help to inspire children through participation in arts, extra-curricular education and sports activities. 

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Every child deserves a happy, safe childhood
and a future full of opportunity.
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£1,553,622 raised in The Big Give Christmas Challenge
£1,553,622 raised in The Big Give Christmas Challenge

This was the biggest and best year for The Childhood Trust's Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017. 

Our campaign supported 58 charities...

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Children in London to receive less this Christmas than the average family pet
Children in London to receive less this Christmas than the average family pet

Children in London to receive less this Christmas than the average family pet

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London children 'relying on charities to avoid starving', campaigners warn as child poverty set to hit new record
London children 'relying on charities to avoid starving', campaigners warn as child poverty set to hit new record London children 'relying on charities to avoid starving', campaigners warn as child poverty set to hit new record

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