The Trust formally launched its Bridge to Work programme supporting young disabled Londoners into employment at an event held at Speaker’s House on the 19 October. The event was attended by the charity partners involved in delivering the programme, which include Action on Disability, Inclusion London, National Autistic Society, and Muscular Dystrophy UK, along with private sector employers interested in taking part in the scheme which will break down the barriers to employment for disabled people through practical support and guidance for both employers and those seeking work. Also announced at the event was a £350,000 bursary scheme to be operated on behalf of the Trust by Leonard Cheshire Disability. This will award bursaries of up to £4,000 per person to small and medium sized companies and charities across London to provide paid work experience to young disabled Londoners.
The Commissioner appeared before the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee to give evidence in their enquiry into online fraud on 18 October. A man who assaulted a City Police officer by throwing acid at him was jailed for seven years, while a waitress who worked at Dion bar at St Paul’s churchyard was jailed after being found guilty of selling cocaine. National Hate Crime Awareness week was marked with an appeal for witnesses after England’s oldest synagogue was targeted with Nazi graffiti. In the economic crime sphere, the insurance fraud enforcement department finalised three significant cases, with custodial sentences handed down to a man who attempted to make a fraudulent £80,000 medical claim and the ring leader of a ‘cash for crash’ attempt in Wales. A woman who was filmed for reality TV performing a bungee jump while claiming to be incapacitated with a back injury was also sentenced. A member of RBS staff was sentenced to 26 months in prison after using his position to defraud the company of close to £400,000.
On the evening of 12 October, the Trust held its annual Chairman’s dinner in the Guildhall Livery Hall and Crypts. The event was attended by a range of guests, including recipients of grant awards from the Trust and direct beneficiaries of their services. The main speaker of the evening was Matthew Ryder QC, Deputy Mayor of London for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement. The Deputy Mayor commended the work of the City Bridge Trust and spoke about the Mayoral strategies for making London a better place to live and work by tackling inequalities.
Did you know that the first ever FA Cup goal was scored in, what is now West Ham Park, in November 1871 by Clapham Rover’s Jarvis Kenrick. As a tribute, and to coincide with the 2017/18 FA Cup first round, West Ham Park is hosting a match between the two clubs from that notable game of 1871, Upton Park Football Club and Clapham Rovers. Kick-off is 5 November at 1.15pm. Upton Park Football Club who organised the day, are keen to start an amateur youth side so will be working with football coaches ‘The Soccer Hub’ to run a skills test for boys aged under 13. The prize for the winner is a pair of FA cup final tickets. The park are hoping for a large crowd on the day with social media interest from professional players, old and new, and sports radio station, talkSPORT.
On 19 October the Lord Mayor, welcomed senior representatives from businesses participating in the ‘Apprenticeships in the City’ programme. The event covered the benefits of apprenticeships to diversity agendas and plugging skills gaps, and outlined considerations for smaller firms ensuring the levy works for them. On 4 October the Lord Mayor Elect introduced 60 Leaders of Tomorrow, the next generation of City business leaders, to ‘The Business of Trust’ – our new programme of work challenging City businesses to raise their game in taking forward, and communicating, more trustworthy actions.