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 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 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 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.
In partnership with The Foundling Museum, Bedrooms of London presented a new body of work by photographer Katie Wilson highlighting the damaging consequences for children arising from the shortage of social housing in London. Focusing on the spaces in which children are sleeping, the photographs are shown alongside first-hand narratives from families collected and written by Isabella Walker, and offer a poignant insight into the lives and experiences of children living in poverty across London.
In a city where extreme poverty and wealth exist side-by-side, Bedrooms of London makes visible the often shocking and unseen reality of home life for the 700,000 children currently living below the poverty line in our capital, and challenges the prejudices and stereotypes associated with child poverty.
The Childhood Trust was supported in producing this project by award-winning social change communications firm GOOD Agency. The exhibition is now available to view digitally at bedroomsoflondon.com
(photo: Dan Weill 2019)
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(Video by Shelter.org.uk courtesy of Metro.co.uk)
The projects we fund operate 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.
If you would like to support our work in alleviating child poverty in London please donate now;
The Childhood Trust and the London Child Poverty Alliance held the 2nd London Child Poverty Summit on Thursday 17th Ocotber 2019.
The summit featured:
To support our Summer Give campaign we have been working with a group of children from Peckham to create the Children's Summer Holiday Manifesto. Read, download or share the manifesto here:
Watch and share the Summer Holiday Manifesto film that the children have made about their experiences during the summer holidays:
To learn more about child poverty in London please read, download and share our report here:
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