The Childhood Trust

The Childhood Trust

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  • Arts
  • Children / families
  • Counselling / advice
  • Education
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Local / community
  • Poverty relief
  • Social care
  • Voluntary sector support
  • Young people

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The Childhood Trust is London’s child poverty charity, funding approximately 200+ grassroots charities to run projects that support approximately 220,000 vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people annually throughout London. We achieve this through our fundraising campaigns, corporate volunteering programmes and advocacy on the issue of child poverty. By bringing companies, philanthropists and other donors together we ensure that resources are directed to exactly where they are needed. Without our projects, life for many thousands of children trapped in poverty in London would be dramatically worse.


We are dedicated to alleviating the impact of poverty on children and young people living in the capital. Children growing up in poverty face multiple and complex challenges, which can limit their development and degrade their potential. London has the highest rate of child poverty in England. Our work is focused on supporting the 800,000 plus children living in poverty in London.

Since 2013, we have raised over £31 million through our matched funding campaigns; supported 900+ child poverty projects across all 33 of London boroughs and reached more than 420,000 children and young people to date. Our funding ensures that local grassroots organisations can successfully engage London’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in a wide range of support services, such as counselling and mental health support, food provision, sports training, arts and cultural activities, and special educational needs support. In addition to funding projects, we run community support programmes that provide immediate, practical support to low-income families living in substandard accommodation and families experiencing food insecurity. We also work to raise awareness of children’s experiences of living in poverty by promoting their voices through our research and advocacy.  We monitor and evaluate the projects that we fund to ensure that they are meeting the needs of disadvantaged children as effectively as possible. 

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