Barclays is a founding corporate partner in a volunteering programme launched today by the Mayor of London.
The Team London campaign has been introduced by Mayor Boris Johnson to encourage 10,000 of the city’s residents to get involved in community projects.
It will initially support seven projects designed to improve the quality of life for people in the city, reduce crime or increase opportunities for young people.
Boris Johnson said: “All across the capital, ordinary Londoners are making an extraordinary difference by volunteering their time. We want to harness this incredible goodwill and the generous philanthropy of the capital's businesses, to make London a safer, cleaner, greener and stronger city.
“Evidence shows that when we get involved in our city, we all feel better about our city. I’m calling on everyone to sign up and be a part of Team London, so together we can make this the best big city in the world.”
Rachael Barber, Director, Barclays Global Community Investment, added: “Barclays employees have a fantastic track record of volunteering, so we know just what a positive impact it has for communities when volunteers offer their time, skills and expertise.
“Supporting the Team London campaign was therefore an easy decision for us and we are looking forward to working with the Mayor’s office to develop exciting new volunteering programmes in the capital.”
Backed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Team London is based on the Cities of Service Model – a volunteering programme piloted in New York in 2009, which has since been introduced in more than 100 cities across the United States.
London is the first city outside the US to develop its own plan to bring individuals, public, private and voluntary organisations together to support communities.
Team London’s seven projects:
- Improving literacy for children aged between three and five
- Helping older people develop computer skills
- Increasing and maintaining trees in London
- Recruiting at least 1,000 male mentors to support at-risk young men
- Recruiting 1,000 leaders for uniformed youth groups
- Training coaches and officials for community sports facilities
- Providing individual grants for small community groups and charities.