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Mayor Boris Johnson has launched an ambitious scheme to get thousands more Londoners volunteering and helping to transform the capital



Team London, which has been launched as a result of a major commitment from the Reuben Foundation, will bring voluntary community organisations together and harness goodwill across the city to tackle crime and increase opportunities for young people.

For all its economic dynamism, London faces deep-rooted social challenges and disparities in opportunities, health and well-being. Team London will develop a more effective coordination of some of the volunteering activity that already exists in the city and aims to make volunteering easy to do and easier to find out about.

With the support of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, London will be the first city outside the United States to launch a programme based on the successful ‘Cities of Service’ model instigated in New York, which has been replicated by cities across America. The plan has been tailored to address the specific needs of London and will focus on three key areas- crime, improving quality of life and increasing youth opportunities.

Already £2 million has been donated to the programme by Team London’s founding supporter, the Reuben Foundation, which the Mayor is matching with a further £2 million.  The intention is to obtain additional funding from the private sector and charitable foundations to underwrite activities in the future.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said:

London has a rich history of volunteering and civic responsibility and I am continually humbled by some of the amazing, generous work Londoners do to make it a better place for us all. This great capital was built on the generosity and philanthropy of some of the great titans of the 19th century. Team London is about what we can achieve when we act together. I want to see the village put back into the city and for every precious hour that Londoners spend volunteering achieves the greatest possible impact – for them, for others and for London as a whole.’

The Reuben Foundation said:

‘The Foundation believes Team London is an inspirational programme which will help drive forward the spirit of volunteering and community engagement in the capital. We are proud to have been able to initiate Team London and look forward to moving forward with the Mayor on its development, and in particular the full implementation of its first five component programmes.’

Kevin Sheeky, Head of Communications and Government Affairs, Bloomberg LP said:

‘We are proud to partner with Mayor Johnson and support this innovative effort to encourage service and volunteering opportunities throughout London. This model, which started in New York, works to bring the community together to address a city's greatest needs and make government more effective. As London prepares to host the 2012 Olympic Games, the world is watching, and the city has an opportunity to highlight its tradition of generosity.’


Source: ©London Mayor

Written by Scott Buckler
Friday, 04 March 2011 16:04

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