Corporate social responsibility
Supporting the Camden community
Why is this needed in Camden?
- Youth unemployment is high in Camden – in June 2013, about 700 18-24-year-olds were claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance. In addition 7% of 16-18 year olds were not in employment, education or training.
- Unemployment among the rest of the Camden population is also high – in May 2013, over 4,700 residents claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance. Around 1,500 Camden residents have been unemployed for over a year.
- An estimated 15,000 Camden residents have no qualifications. It’s tough out there. Job seekers need support and opportunities to increase their skills so they can enter the competitive London job market.
- 6,796 (60%) pupils in Camden primary schools and 4,731 (47%) pupils in Camden secondary schools (January 2008) had English as an additional language.
- Voluntary and community organisations who support vulnerable people have had funding cuts and need a wide range of support to make sure they can keep their organisations going and helping the most vulnerable Camden residents.
What could we do?
Start to develop your workforce of the future
Help primary pupils get the best start in English and maths:
Offer work experience placements to Year 10 and Year 12 students to expose them to the world of work and improve their employability skills:
Promote your sector, industry, job or journey through a Career Insight talk and get young people talking about your company:
- Sign up to Inspiring the Future and let local schools contact you.
Support young people with applications, CV’s and interview skills:
- Contact Camden Apprenticeships to get involved in mock selection days, speed interviewing and up-skilling workshops.
Recruit a Camden apprentice and build your future workforce:
- Contact Camden Apprenticeships to find out how we can support you in recruiting a 16-24 year old Camden resident for your business.
Give cash – cold hard cash
Camden’s charities do fantastic work for Camden people but they need financial support to do it. The London Community Foundation (LCF) makes it easy to give much-needed cash to excellent local charities. Whether you have £100 or £5 million to give, LCF can help.
- £25,000 or more to give? LCF can create a bespoke community grants programme which matches your company’s interests with the most pressing needs on the ground in Camden.
- £5,000 to give? Support your staff’s favourite registered charities and discover local grassroots projects.
The London Community Foundation take care of all the administration, including finding the charities that are doing the best work, organising visits so you can see your giving in action, and reporting back to you on the impact of your donation.
Help someone help themselves
Mentoring can offer structured advice and support to young people looking to do better at school, progress into work, access study support, start their own business or just have someone to talk to. There are a range of mentoring programmes available in Camden for a range of different pathways.
- Contact the work experience team for more information on the different programmes available.