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Mayor launches new volunteering initiative to tackle youth unemployment

Date:   Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Time:   10:15am for a 10:30am start

Venue: The Chamber, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, SE1 2AA                                                                                  

Please note: There will be a photo opportunity with the Mayor and young volunteers. Media wishing to attend should email

To mark the 30th Anniversary of National Volunteers’ Week, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson will launch a new volunteering initiative aimed at getting young people into work.

HeadStart London is a partnership between Team London, the Mayor’s volunteering programme, and youth and community charity The Challenge. The programme will work with 16 – 18 year olds offering them volunteering opportunities to boost their skills in communication, team work, organisation and self-discipline, and help them find jobs.

The Mayor will be joined by inspirational speaker Martine Wright, survivor of the 7/7 bombings, who went on to become a Paralympic volleyball champion and is also a Team London Ambassador and Peter Cheese, CEO Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). He will also meet young Londoners who took part in the HeadStart pilot scheme.

Event schedule:

10.45 – 11.00: Martine Wright (Team London Champion and Paralympian)

Speech on the support she’s received post 7/7 and the importance and impact of volunteering.

11.00 – 11.05: The Mayor of London

Vision for volunteering and tackling youth unemployment

11.05 – 11.10: Photo opportunity with the Mayor and young volunteers.

11.10 – 11.20: Peter Cheese (CEO CIPD) and Steps Ahead mentor and mentee

Involvement in tackling youth unemployment through CIPD Steps Ahead programme and HeadStart London

11.20 – 11.40: Peter Cheese hosts New Look, Starbucks, two HeadStart London pilot participants and The Green Gym (charity) in the & lsquo;Green Room’

Q&A – impact of the programme and importance of business involvement

11.40 – 11.45: Team London closing remarks.


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