The Lord Mayor's Appeal
Helical is proud to be a long-standing corporate supporter of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal and to be in our third year as a ‘Collaborator’ of the Appeal.
The Lord Mayor’s Appeal aims to find solutions to the most pressing societal issues in London and beyond. Their strategy works on four key pillars to create a City that is Inclusive, Healthy, Skilled & Fair.
The Appeal partners with four organisations who are leading experts in addressing social issues to deliver ground-breaking programmes. These four Partners are:
Place2Be works to identify and support primary school children who are struggling with their mental health. The Lord Mayor’s Appeal has enabled Place2Be to train Mental Health Champions for over 180 schools in London and currently is funding Place2Think sessions giving staff a place to reflect with a Place2Be practitioner.
OnSide Youth Zones
OnSide Youth Zones is a growing national youth charity set up in 2008. It provides 50,000 young people aged 8–19 years old (25 for those with a disability) with inspiring places to go, with positive things to do, staffed by people to talk to who care.
The Lord Mayor’s Appeal has enabled them to open three new Youth Zones – Future in Barking & Dagenham, Unitas in Barnet and Legacy in Croydon.
The Samaritans provide a helpline for anyone in need of someone to talk to day and night, 365 days a year. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic Samaritans were able to keep their helpline open for anyone who needed them.
Through the Lord Mayor’s Appeal partnership, Samaritans have reached over 25,000 people with the Wellbeing in the Workplace tool, an online training in which businesses upskill their employees in having conversations about mental health.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award provides life-changing experiences for young people. Achieving a DofE Award can be a game-changer. The structured programmes of volunteering, physical and skills-based challenges inspire, guide and support young people to succeed.
The Lord Mayor’s Appeal’s support is enabling DofE to reach 10,000 more young people who are from disadvantaged backgrounds with recent funding supporting these young people with the participation fee.