YWF Celebrates Five Years Young

Young Westminster Foundation celebrates five years of supporting young people in Westminster.

On Thursday 20th October, we marked our fifth anniversary with our Five Years Young event at Westminster’s iconic National Gallery. The evening celebrated the people and organisations who are making a difference for young people in our community.

As part of celebrations, we launched our new film, Roots of Our Community, and heard speeches from CEO Helen Mann, the Lord Mayor of Westminster Cllr Hamza Taouzzale, YWF Trustee Rashma Rahman and YWF Chair Brian Bickell.

We were joined by over 200 members, partners and young people, alongside special guest HRH Princess Beatrice. It was also revealed on the evening that the Lord Mayor of Westminster will be the charity’s first ever Patron, and together we will continue to raise the voices of young people and youth workers across our city.

On the anniversary, Cllr Hamza Taouzzale said: “Over the past five years, I’ve had the honour of seeing first-hand and from the very beginning the vital work that the Young Westminster Foundation carries out. During that time we’ve lived through multiple Covid-19 lockdowns – the effects of which are still only coming to light – and now we are going through a cost-of-living crisis. Young people across Westminster will have benefited in some way from the important work they do, which is why I have made them charity for my mayoralty. So Happy 5th Birthday Young Westminster Foundation, and keep up the good work.”

Young Westminster Foundation would like to thank all who made the night possible, in particular the National Gallery, and our lead sponsors Total Media and the Westminster Property Association, as well as the exhibitors, musicians and young ambassadors who brought the work of YWF to life. Thanks to further supporters and sponsors: New West End Company, Northbank BID, Harley Street BID, FM Conway, Regency Creative, Veolia, Chestertons, Concord London, Fortnum and Mason, SEBRA, Ronnie Scott’s, Royal Lancaster Hotel and Carnival Village Trust.

To mark this important milestone, our new Growth Partners have pledged £500,000 for young people in Westminster over the upcoming three years. These organisations are: Shaftesbury, The Howard de Walden Estate, Great Portland Estates, Landsec, Astrea, The Aziz Foundation, The Mercer’s Company, Eyre Estate, British Land, Veolia, FM Conway, Grosvenor, Capco, Capital Arches Group and Derwent. Our work is made possible by a unique collaboration of partners, and we look forward to working with you in the years ahead.

If you would like to discuss opportunities to support YWF’s work, please do get in touch at info@youngwestminster.com.

Find out more about our impact over the last five years:

FIVE YEARS YOUNG REPORT

 

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