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  • 253633
    Disadvantaged children engaged
  • £ 6.72 M
    Raised to fund projects
  • 179
    Projects delivered
Data from past 12 months

Our Vision

We believe that every child should have a healthy, happy and safe childhood so that all children are well prepared for life, breaking the cycle of poverty.

 

Please help a child living in poverty in London.

There are 800,000 children living in poverty in London. Lockdown measures are disproportionately affecting disadvantaged children, many of whom are unable to learn because they are stressed and without internet access or space for a desk. More families are being pushed into poverty through unemployment and debt with children feeling anxious, isolated and struggling to stay positive. The COVID-19 crisis is affecting children's mental health. Diagnosable mental health disorders in children have risen by 50% - the highest level of child and adolescent mental health problems being reported in over 50 years. 

Donate now to stop a child experiencing deprivation, loneliness, hunger and anxiety.

Child Poverty

Child poverty in London 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 GCSEs.

Our work is focused on helping children living in poverty to overcome the many disadvantages caused by poverty. London children are much more likely to live in poor households and are less likely to be able to afford everyday items than children in the rest of England . 55% of poor children in London are materially deprived compared to 44% in the rest of England.

Latest Campaigns

The Champions for Children 2021 campaign will take place 8th – 15th June 2021. Champions for Children will provide unrestricted funds to charities supporting disadvantaged children and young people across London. Applications for the campaign are now open.

The Christmas Challenge 2020 took place from 1st – 8th December. The campaign raised a total of £3,060,469 for 85 projects supporting approximately 144,000 children and young people in London.

The Childhood Trust’s Big Dinner campaign raised £256,034 for nine charities providing hot, nutritious meals and snacks for 3,446 disadvantaged children in London.

 

Our Projects

Decorate A Child’s Life

Decorate A Child’s Life uses volunteers to renovate and redecorate disadvantaged children’s bedrooms and local youth centres children rely on for support.

Meals That Matter

Meals That Matter reduces food poverty in London by providing nutritious meals to disadvantaged children through partnerships with corporate volunteer groups.

Bedrooms of London

The Bedrooms of London exhibition makes visible the often shocking and unseen reality of home life for the 800,000 children  living below the poverty line in our capital.

London Child Poverty Summit

The London Child Poverty Summit is a one-day event that provides opportunities for leaders in London’s third sector to collaborate and communicate key issues impacting children in poverty.

Transition to Trading

Transition to Trading is a learning programme designed to build capacity amongst grassroots children’s charities in London.

Every child should have a healthy, happy and safe childhood so that all children are well prepared for life, breaking the cycle of poverty.

Recent News

GRANT GORDON, CHAIR & FOUNDER OF THE CHILDHOOD TRUST AWARDED OBE

Grant Gordon, founder & chair of The Childhood Trust, is awarded OBE in the 2021 New Years...

The Met’s & Childhood Trust’s first virtual Christmas Tree Appeal is best year ever!

The Met’s & Childhood Trust’s first virtual Christmas Tree Appeal is best year ever! After...

Our Christmas Challenge 2020 raises a record £3,060,747 for 85 charities!

Our Big GIve Christmas Challenge campaign 2020 has raised £3,060,747 for 85 London...