Stephen Lawrence was not able to fulfil all of his dreams and ambitions. His premature death prevented him from ‘living his best life’. The aim of Stephen Lawrence Day, a national day that has been endorsed by major political parties, is to provide children and young people with the opportunity to hear about and learn from Stephen’s story. This is a national programme supported by the Department for Education and Home Office.
The Stephen Lawrence Day will provide an opportunity for schools, youth and community groups, charities and others to come together to deliver a range of positive activities including; school-based activities, programmes to encourage young people to turn their back on the recent increases in serious violence, and activities ‘beyond the school gate’ to promote community integration for young people who are at risk of offending.
The day will focus on the theme of ‘Live Our Best Life’. Please refer to Guiding Principles Communities Day (appendix 1).
The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is welcoming a limited number of applications from individual community organisations to deliver social action activities focusing on identified risk factors for serious crime and violence in line with the Stephen Lawrence Day communities guiding principles. Please refer to Identified Risk Factors Document (appendix 2).
Amount of funding available: Up to £400 for a day of activities.
The activities must focus on:
• Young people from the most disadvantaged and vulnerable backgrounds
• Urban/inner city or coastal areas where there is clear evidence of deprivation which impacts on young people and local communities
• We will consider funding activities which work in any one or more of the following areas:
• Young people from BAME communities
• Young people affected by and seeking to turn away from serious crime and violence
• Young people with disabilities
• Girls affiliated with or affected by gangs
• Education, training and employability
• Community integration and social mixing
Funded activities will need to demonstrate one of the following:
• A strong understanding of your target beneficiaries and the challenges facing young people in your local community.
• A unique and fresh approach to engaging the target beneficiaries and to addressing the issue of youth crime and serious violence.
More information (and an application form) at: http://stephenlawrenceday.org/