Good Life London collaborates with London designers, raising funding for grassroots charities and organisations.
Supported by Sports Banger's 'Vitamin D' T-shirt
Crossroads Women’s Centre
‘Your story is heard, and help is referred to you immediately.’
One of the oldest women’s centres in London, Crossroads was set up in the mid 70’s in a squat near Euston. Crossroads brings women of all ages backgrounds and communities together to share experiences and learn from each other. The centre provides a place of safety for vulnerable women and offers information, activities and support. The centre is a place where women can get practical help to escape sexual and racial violence and to access information about their rights. Crossroads opposes discrimination of all kinds and provides opportunities for women to participate in self-help activities and peer support.
Godwin Lawson Foundation
“Yvonne believes passionately about discussing the dangers that gangs can present to our young people”
In the wake of the unprovoked fatal stabbing of her ambitious, bright and promising son, Yvonne Lawson set up the Godwin Lawson Foundation to raise awareness of the impact of knife crime. Working across North London the GLF helps to develop a greater understanding of the effect of knife crime through sport, drama and discussions. They run training and mentoring courses for young people, helping to develop skills such as conflict resolution, decision-making, anger management, leadership and empathy. As a result of the Godwin Lawson Foundation’s fervent campaigning new legislation came into force in 2015 requiring a mandatory sentence of at least six months for anyone caught carrying a knife for the second time.
Supported by Camille Walala’s ‘Underground’ sweatshirt
The Reasons Why Foundation
“Talking with someone who really understands has made such a difference to me since I came out of prison.”
47% of adults who have spent time in jail are reconvicted within 1 year of release. For under 18’s the figure is 73%. The Reasons Why Foundation is working to change these figures. The RWF provides a Behavioural Change Mentoring service to people with criminal convictions across the London region, offering individualised support packages to service users, helping them to achieve their potential and make positive sustainable changes to their lives.
Through practical support, the RWF helps to find employment, apprenticeships, training and education for service users but only after understanding the individual story behind and needs of each client. They simply look for the Reasons Why young people offend and then help them work through these to find their own positive alternatives.
The Loss Foundation
“You can share the experience of other people and get some perspective…it’s incredibly valuable. It helped me… and it helped me help other people."
The Loss Foundation has grown organically since it was first set up by Dr Erin Hope Thompson in 2010. Through personal experience, Erin found that there no bereavement support available to those who had lost the people they loved to cancer. The Loss Foundation, voluntarily run, was set up to fill that gap. Offering bereavement support through group meetings, social events and weekend retreats the foundation aims to help people gain knowledge and understanding about grief. Through their wholeheartedly positive approach to support and through humour and sensitivity they challenge the taboo of death, providing invaluable and continuous help to those that need it most.
Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre
“Nobody cares - it’s brilliant!”
Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre is a London-based, registered non-profit organisation, designed for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBT+) young people. Mosaic’s 3 central aims are to support, educate, and inspire. They do this by offering a wide range of services such as mentoring, workshops, camps and retreats in addition to supporting families and providing professional training. Mosaic’s work in schools helps to raise awareness, promoting inclusive attitudes and has helped to reduce homophobic behaviour and language.
They have recently moved to new premises, which houses their open and friendly youth centre. Offering opportunities to meet new friends, learn new skills and find advice all in a supportive space free from judgement.
Mosaic works with around 100 young people every year, offering support to all LGBT+ youth between the ages of 13 – 19.
Supported by Rachel Entwistle’s ‘Eros’ necklace:
"Yoga gives me hope...It's horrible sometimes - the memories - but yoga helps me leave the past behind."
OURMALA was founded in 2011 in East London by Yoga teacher, Emily Brett. Ourmala has helped over 300 refugee & asylum seeking women to rebuild their lives and integrate into a new life in the UK. Many are recovering from atrocities such as torture, sexual violence in conflict and human trafficking. Ourmala helps them start again, offering a safe, welcoming space to stabilise through Yoga practice.
Working across East and West London Ourmala takes referrals from the British Red Cross and the Freedom from Torture and Refugee Council. Through regular practice, yoga is helping to relieve pain, anxiety and encouraging much needed sleep in the sleepless. Ourmala is now teaching refugee children and men too.
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"Many of our members live on their own and can face isolation. We become part of their family...and we are a very happy family!"
STOCKWELL GOOD NEIGHBOURS is a social club serving the elderly in South London. From bingo games to holidays, Tai chi to reading groups, Stockwell Good Neighbours tackle isolation and loneliness in old age head on. Together with their eldest member (101 years young), several have been with the group since its very beginning. A community organised group, it originated in 1974 as a place for like-minded people to meet and share interests.
The group meets every Monday, keeping minds and bodies active. For many this is their only weekly outing and a chance to see friends, old and new.
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"I have always strived to help others in a way that I needed help myself."
RHYTHMS OF LIFE was founded in 2008 by Andrew Faris, a former rough-sleeper on London’s streets of five-and-a-half years. Rhythms of Life provide London’s homeless with food, clothing, hygiene supplies alongside advice and educational support.
Andrew’s time on London's streets "felt like a lifetime", and he vowed to dedicate the rest of his life to helping the homeless and vulnerable on his city’s streets.
With no regular funding, relying on volunteers and public generosity, Andrew and his team have served nearly half a million meals to date. To those who they support on a daily basis, Rhythms of Life is not just a regular meal they can rely on but a source of help, hope and trust.
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