Inspiring young Londoners

When you think about what makes a successful community, the first thing that comes to mind for many people is what it’s like for young people to grow up there and the chances they’ll have to succeed in life.

As a housebuilder, we’ve been building new homes and new communities across London for over a century – so we feel we have an important role to play in helping create the right environment for young Londoners to thrive.

That’s why we’ve joined forces with the Mayor’s Fund for London to roll out a three-year programme which will see 50,000 young people living in some of the capital’s most deprived areas get help to achieve their ambitions.

Be The Best You Can Be! London, delivered by 21st Century Legacy, draws on the latest techniques in coaching to help young people think beyond their current environment, develop new horizons and ambitions, and consider how to achieve them.

Taylor Wimpey Chief Executive Pete Redfern says: “We are delighted to partner with the Mayor’s Fund for London on such an inspirational programme. We are proud to have played a role in delivering new homes and creating communities across London for over 100 years and we want to ensure the young people in these communities have the chance to achieve their ambitions and succeed.

“We were chosen to deliver the first of the five neighbourhoods on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and so the Be the Best You Can Be! London programme, which aims to continue the Olympic Legacy and inspire a new generation, is a great match with our culture and principles here at Taylor Wimpey.”

Boris Johnson, Patron for the Mayor’s Fund for London, commented: “As one of the greatest cities on earth, London offers a multitude of opportunities which everyone, irrespective of their backgrounds, should have the chance to take up.

“The 2012 London Olympic Games inspired us all, and it is fitting that this programme will help so many young Londoners who would otherwise be unaware of the amazing opportunities London offers. This generous support from Taylor Wimpey offers young people an opportunity to find their own pathways in playing a part in London’s future.”

The programme is open to primary and secondary schools in London, and will specifically target those in areas of deprivation. For further information for schools wanting to apply please contact Aisling Cohn on 0207 983 5871, or visit