Last February, 3 young men were stabbed in Camden in 1 night, 2 fatally. As a result, Camden Giving, members of our co-working space, Camden Collective, starting fundraising for a fund with a twist - all the decisions would be made by young people who have experience of life’s challenges.
With our sister organisation, Euston Town BID, we have collectively put £20k worth of funding towards this vital project. By investing in this, we are trusting and empowering young people who don’t get trusted with money and power enough.
Camden Giving have recruited 10 diverse young people through youth services, schools and charities in Camden and they are, specifically, young people who have even witnessed tragic incidents of youth crime in Camden.
They will eventually decide which youth services need funding in order to improve youth safety. Throughout this programme, they will be working with Camden Giving to shape the fund criteria and guidelines, based on what they know young people want and need for Camden.
We think this is a fantastic initiative for us to be supporting as we believe it’s so vital for businesses to trust young people to make decisions that are most important and relevant to them and their collective future.
Find out more about the project here.