Marcus Rashford has persuaded the government to invest a large amount of money into the Free School Meals (FSM) scheme.
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UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson called Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford to donate more than £400m for low-income families from early Christmas.
So what is the FSM scheme exactly?
FSM is a deal for children to receive free school meal vouchers for out of term time. This is thought to help financially deprived households through these challenging times. As well as free meals, the vouchers also consist of health start, education and holiday clubs.
How will this affect hard-hit families due to Coronavirus?
Omar Farooq (29), a teacher of a school in North West London, told Westminster World how he fe
In London’s windy and freezing winter night in December, it is hard to imagine sleeping outside, as many homelessness people did.
People from more than 50 countries slept outside in Trafalgar Square on Saturday night as part of “The World’s Big Sleep Out” to raise funds and awareness for homelessness.
"It seems absolutely bloody crackers right now - the rain is so heavy - but we're doing it because basically the world has a homelessness problem, it has a displaced people problem, it has refugees." Dame Louise Casey, a former head of the government rough sleepers' unit and trustee of the Big Sleep Out, who told the BBC she hoped the event would be "symbolic".
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING: Hundreds braved cold winds and heavy rain in Trafalgar Square as part of "The World's Big Sleep
Videos played in the church showing their work in previous years | Image Source: Rui Cai
A charitable fundraising took place at Elim Full Gospel Chinese Church on Monday. According to Jerry, an organiser of this event, the purpose was to raise money to buy sleeping bags for homeless people on London streets. They intended to help rough sleeping people through the cold weather in December, and as Jerry mentioned before, "to help them enjoy a warm and peaceful Christmas."
Organisers came to the venue earlier this morning to set up stalls for different kinds of products that were on sale. “Our church members took ready-made food from home to here, selling it at fairly cheap prices. They also brought used books, cups, jewelry, and CDs, pretty much everything,” said Jerry.
Despite being one of the richest countries in the world, the United Kingdom faces a growing issue with homelessness. Many charities collect money and support those without a home but unfortunately, they fail to reach everyone in need.
Stephen, 55, an ex-serviceman from the armed forces, represents a soundboard for many who have lost faith in charity. He is of the opinion that charities cheat people in the name of donation. “I would love to know where the money goes. But I already know where it goes. It goes for wages and it’s all a con. That is all it is. You’ve got the Royal British Legion. Last year they raised 42 million pounds. But it never went to the ex-servicemen. 75 percent of the people that live on the street are ex-forces. We are in a society now. We’re being lied to.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan today announced a £600,000 grant from website to help charities tackle youth violence, shortly after an 18-year-old boy was stabbed to death at a flat in Greenwich town centre last Saturday.
Due to the reduction of the police force?
According to the statistics released by the Office for National Statistics, knife crime has surged by 16 per cent in the UK, compared with figure 12 months earlier. Figures from Metropolitan Police showed so far there have been at least 128 violent deaths in London, up from 116 in early 2018. The total of 14,987 knife crimes is among a high of 25,0287 violent offences recorded.
Source: Metropolitan Police
Cressida Dick, the head of Metropolitan Police, said early this year in a hearing that a whole series of social issues contrib
With the rise of electronic payments across the UK and fewer people each month carrying cash on their person, public engagement with the homeless is lowest than it has ever been. Can contactless pay bring back the recognition Big Issue vendors are rapidly losing?
The Big Issue has announced it will be trialling contactless payment systems in an effort to boost the income of its homeless vendors and mitigate the effects of a public consciousness that may be shifting away from the importance of giving to the homeless.
The current affairs magazine has partnered with technology company iZettle for an 8-week trial across London, Bath, Birmingham, Bristol and Nottingham. If the plans are successful, they will be rolled out across the country.
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Cloak and Dagger Tattoo Parlour celebrated their anniversary with their annual charity flash tattoo event.
The Shoreditch-based parlour hosts a charity event every year to celebrate the anniversary of the store’s opening. Pre-drawn, or “flash” tattoos are offered all day at a discounted flat rate of £100.
This year, all of the proceeds went to the First Love Foundation, a Tower Hamlets charity that, in addition to food bank services, offers support and advice to one of the most deprived boroughs in London.
Denise Bentley, a representative of First Love Foundation, was "overwhelmed" by the support from Cloak and Dagger.
"As is often the case, I have never met the people from Cloak and Dagger. We just received an e-mail saying that they wanted to help."
The First Love Foun
With the country facing harsh financial climate, hundreds of charities in London are striving to create a better environment for local people. Despite their efforts, a new survey now shows that all of them are in danger.
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Leah Robertson joined Mind in Harrow just over a year ago with a burning passion. Passion to help those in need, especially those who suffer from mental health issues. With experience in working at mental health care homes, she holds a postgraduate diploma in Mental Health Nursing from King's College London. She is currently the coordinator of the Support & Wellbeing Information Service Harrow (SWiSH), and is in charge of supporting people wit
Londoners are being invited to take part in what has been dubbed 'a race like no other' to support local communities in Uganda. Cynthia Gregoire meets the organisers Nick Kershaw and Henry Blanchard. Sub editor: Indraja Gugle
Nick Kershaw and Henry Blanchard have come together since 2013 to bring the Uganda Marathon, which takes place in May, into fruition. The group is working together to improve lives in the Masaka region of Uganda, and they are making it the cultural trip of a lifetime.
The trip includes the opportunity to run a half, full or relay marathon attached to a week-long stay in Uganda where participants may choose to join in and help with local projects while staying with host families.
The Uganda Marathon project continues to grow and gain support in just tw
Londoners plunge into icy water to raise money for Special Olympics. Indraja Gugle reports from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Sub-editor: Jipsa George
On a Saturday morning in February, as the temperature dipped below 5˚ Celsius, Londoners gathered at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to plunge in icy water for the inaugural Great Britain Polar Plunge. This feat was designed to raise money for Special Olympics. London may be used to its inhabitants jogging in the snow, but a plunge in glacial water goes to show their great support towards inclusive sports like the Special Olympics.
Sarah, a participant, was raring to go with her team of eight. “It’s all right so far, although we got more scared when we looked at the pool and there was lots of ice on top. But it’s for