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The hidden impact of lockdown

August 2020

Children and young people have been the victims of domestic abuse, gang crime, digital exclusion and have experienced serious mental heath issues as a result of lockdown in the UK. John Lyon’s Charity urges the Government to do more to help.

Back in April 2020, at the height of lockdown, John Lyon’s Charity was one of the first organisations to sign up to the ‘We stand with the sector statement’ confirming our flexible approach to supporting civil society groups affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Soon after, John Lyon’s Charity pledged half a million pounds of emergency funding to groups and communities in need to the London Community Response Fund (LCRF) coordinated by London Funders.

Since April 2020, over £560,000 has been awarded to 54 organisations working with children and young people in the Charity’s Beneficial Area who have been most severely affected by the global pandemic. Grants have supported organisations with practical support like the provision of food, mobile phones and other digital devices as well as helping organisations adapt their services so that they can continue to deliver their work safely and efficiently to as many young people as possible.

John Lyon’s Charity has now ring-fenced another half a million pounds of emergency funding to the London Community Response Fund.

So what has prompted this decision?

Many of the organisations which John Lyon’s Charity helps in urban areas, such as Brent, Harrow and Ealing, have provided harrowing stories of children and young people who have suffered appalling levels of domestic abuse in the home, recruitment into gangs, the inability to learn online due to lack of home-based computers and laptops, and the escalation of new or existing mental health issues. It is clear from the Charity’s research that lockdown has magnified pre-existing issues and presented organisations with a raft of new problems to deal with.

Dr. Lynne Guyton, CEO at John Lyon’s Charity said “After speaking with multiple charitable organisations that we fund, we have been shocked to hear about the many cases of domestic abuse involving sibling attacks, an increase in mental health problems, knife crime and digital exclusion. These issues were always a problem but they have been exacerbated by the impact of Covid-19. We, as a funding organisation are trying to do all we can, which is why we have pledged an additional £500k to LCRF. These small organisations that we support have to survive. If they don’t, the impact on the children and young people who desperately need their support and guidance will be immense”.

On 8th April, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced a £750m financial support package for charities hit by the coronavirus crisis. This decision followed pressure from a number of charities and umbrella organisations. However, the government has faced criticism over the slow pace at which the urgently needed funds have been distributed with the biggest concern that it’s going to larger organisations rather than grassroots organisations who are at risk of bankruptcy.

John Lyon’s Charity has compiled statements from a number of organisations who, in the face of unprecedented problems, are working hard to deliver their services to vulnerable children and young people. Their aims are to help alleviate the problems of abuse, crime and exclusion, which have been highlighted and to provide positive activities for young people, whose lives have been very bleak this year.

Yusuf Deerow, Chair, Somali Youth Development Resource Centre (SYDRC) said “What Covid-19 has affectively done is highlight the deprivation and structural inequality that was always there and all it’s done is basically aggravated it”.

Louise Bartlett-Pestell, Director of Programming at Arts Depot said “I think particularly young people with disabilities, who rely on a lot of support in their educational situations or community support groups, that support has had to change or taken away completely and it’s really worrying”.

Donna John, Executive Director, Ignite Trust said “every time there is another young person who gets stabbed or killed…for every young person who is dying is one person too many”.

Rashid Iqbal, Chief Executive Officer of The Winchester Project said the Government needs to “invest in social infrastructure for the long term because that then includes things like childcare, youth clubs, afterschool clubs or things outside of formal schooling education. Value them, they do amazing work, value youth clubs, it’s sometimes the only place a person feels they belong”.

John Lyon’s Charity is calling on the Government to do the following:

  1. To provide greater clarity on the distribution of the £750m funding pot for the voluntary sector announced in April. Most organisations do not know when it’s coming or how much will be given. This clarity is needed now, without delay.
  2. Listen to the voluntary sector and pay attention to all charities, big and SMALL. Big is not always best and from our experience it’s often the small community led organisations that can have the biggest impact
  3. A support package for the Early Years Sector to provide specialist support for families in line with support already offered to schools. The Government needs to recognise the importance of early years on child development and long-term life chances.

John Lyon’s Charity promises to do all it can to ensure children and young people receive the support they need through the groups it funds. But the government needs to sit up and ensure the promised funding of £750m is being distributed quickly and to the neediest organisations. More needs to be done. A lot more.

 New Funding Available For Grants Up To £50k

July 2020

A new wave of funding has been announced from the London Community Response Fund, coordinated by London Funders.

At the beginning of April, John Lyon’s Charity was on of the first of now over 60 funders to work together to make it easier for Charities to get the resources they need during these unprecedented times.

The Charity ring-fenced half a million pounds of emergency funding to ensure its groups could still deliver core services within lockdown restraints. Thus far, over £400,000 has been awarded from John Lyon’s Charity to 27 organisations across the Charity’s Beneficial Area, with new applications coming in every day.

Grants have been awarded to help organisations in a variety of ways including adapting services to deliver online, providing specialist equipment, supporting additional staff costs to help with increasing workloads and helping deliver services differently in order to meet urgent and emerging needs. There is now a New Fund available, which applies to both small and large grants. See below for further details:

What funding is available?

  • Small – grants of up to £10,000, using a simple application form, with decisions typically made within two to three weeks of you making an application.
  • Large – grants of up to £50,000, involving a longer application form, with decisions typically made within six to eight weeks of you making an application. In some circumstances we may consider grants above £50,000 but there must be a strong rationale in your application for this.

These grants are expected to cover up to six months of your costs for the work you are seeking funding for (from the time the grant is awarded), though it can be for a shorter period (e.g. activities over the summer).  Where possible, unrestricted grants can be offered, though this is more likely if you are applying for a small grant.

Please note, the deadline for the New Fund is the end of July and all applications will be considered in the order they are received. For more information and guidance, please click here.

John Lyon’s Charity awards over £400,000 of Emergency Funding since lockdown began

June 2020

As the UK begins to ease out of lockdown, John Lyon’s Charity is delighted to announce over £400,000 worth of grants awarded, benefitting 27 organisations across our Beneficial Area.

At the beginning of April, John Lyon’s Charity was one of the first Charities to pledge support to the London Community Response Fund, coordinated by London Funders.

The Charity ring-fenced half a million pounds of emergency funding to ensure our groups could still deliver core services within lockdown restraints. Grants have been awarded to help organisations in a variety of ways including adapting services to deliver online, providing specialist equipment, supporting additional staff costs to help with increasing workloads and helping deliver services differently in order to meet urgent and emerging needs.

Despite lockdown having its challenges, John Lyon’s Charity has still been ‘business as usual’, working hard to ensure that all grantees are listened and responded to. Like so many groups, the Charity has adapted to working from home quickly and efficiently and are still receiving and assessing multiple grant applications, as well as contributing to the London Community Response Fund. The Charity has no doubt that this figure will only increase over the coming weeks and months.

One group who was awarded an Emergency Fund a few weeks into lockdown was Home-Start Ealing. Here’s what Sue Porter, Manager at Home-Start Ealing had to say:

As a frontline service, Home-Start Ealing has had to innovate greatly since lockdown to meet the needs of the vulnerable families we support and of some of our regular home-visiting volunteers who are now self isolating. We needed funds quickly to be able to purchase and supply essential needs especially nappies, wipes, formula and sanitary products which are not found in regular food deliveries but are essential to our families many of whom cannot go out due to complex personal circumstances. We are able to do doorstep drops, meet these needs and give families already challenged by having to stay inside with their children one less thing to worry about. We applied to London Funders as soon as it opened and are very grateful to John Lyons Charity for funding our bid so quickly and enabling us to meet the needs of our vulnerable families in these challenging times.” – Sue Porter, Manager at Home-Start Ealing.

We are delighted as a Charity to have awarded £400,000 thus far, however, there is still much work to be done. As Wave Three of the London Community Response Fund opens, we intend to continue to pledge further funding support to ensure all our groups are helped during this uncertain period.

As mentioned, throughout lockdown we are and continue to be ‘business as usual’. With this in mind, we would like to remind all grantees that applications for the November round remains open. Should people like to apply, Stage 1 application process must be completed by mid-July. You can start your application here.

Important Covid-19 Emergency Funding Update – Delivering differently grants will be pausing from 5pm on the 19th of May due to an influx of grant applications

May 2020

If you are looking to submit an application for a “delivering differently” grant on the London Community Response Fund, please ensure you complete this by 5pm on Tuesday 19th May. After this time, the Fund will be temporarily closed to new applications for this particular programme.  Delivering differently grants are to help organisations change their service delivery to support the needs of their communities, at the current time.   

It is anticipated that Delivering Differently grants and/or a new Wave 3 fund could reopen from early June.

You can still apply for crisis response grants, with funding of up to £10,000 available. This application helps specifically focus on urgent needs, such as food, mobile phones and other essential services to ensure groups and organisations can continue to function during this difficult period. 

This is a pause, not a stop 

 Further funding will be announced from the London Community Response in early June. Please click here for more information.

Covid-19 Update – Wave Two Funding Applications Open

April 2020

Since Covid-19 became a very real threat in the last few months, John Lyon’s Charity has joined forces with other funders in London to provide coordinated support to vulnerable groups affected by the pandemic.

Two weeks ago, Wave One was launched for grants up to £5k that apply to urgent needs such as food, mobile phones and other essential services. This has now been amalgamated into Wave Two of the London Community Response Fund, with grants of up to £50,000 available to apply for.

This increased fund is to support larger grants for organisations to deliver their services in new ways to ensure they can continue to support Londoners through the coming months.

In some circumstances requests may be considered of above £50,000 but there must be a strong rationale in your application for this.

Please click here for funding guidelines and information on how to apply for Wave Two.

Covid-19 Update – Emergency Funding Applications Open

April 2020

Funders in London are working together to provide coordinated support to groups responding to the needs of communities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. At present, The London Community Response total is currently just shy of £9million pounds and is growing steadily as further funders come together to contribute more.

John Lyon’s Charity is currently working with London Funders on the first wave of funding, which specifically applies to urgent needs such as food, mobile phones and other essential services.

Although the first wave of funding will focus on urgent needs, there will be later funding which will support organisations to deliver services in new ways to support communities, and to ensure that their longer-term needs are considered.

The first wave of funding for food and essentials is now open with small grants available up to £5k.

Click here for Funding Guidelines and information on how to apply.

Funding for London’s civil society groups affected by covid-19 rises to £3.2m

March 2020

Three charitable foundations have pledged support for the London Community Response Fund, building on the £1m contributed by the Mayor of London and £1m from City of London Corporation’s Charitable Funder, the City Bridge Trust.

John Lyon’s Charity has ring-fenced £500,000 towards the effort, £500,000 of funding has been announced by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and a further £200,000 has been contributed by the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust.

Thanks to this outstanding collaborative effort the London Community Response Fund now stands at £3.2million, with further funders expected to announce their contributions in the coming days, ahead of applications opening for civil society groups affected by the crisis to apply later in the week.

The fund, which will be coordinated by London Funders, will be available to organisations facing immediate financial pressures and uncertainty because of the covid-19 outbreak – with reports of organisations dealing with increased demand for services, sickness affecting staff and volunteers, and lower donations.

Funders have been working with London Funders to identify the needs of London’s communities, to ensure that resources can flow quickly to those groups who need additional funding – this has included work to focus on the needs of vulnerable groups, children and young people, food, advice, domestic violence, homelessness, arts and culture organisations and more.  Details of the funding programme’s first wave of applications will be published on the London Funders website in the coming days, and groups can sign up at to be kept updated when details are announced.

The new funding announced today comes on top of over 200 funders signing up to a statement showing their support to the sector at this time.  The statement, coordinated by London Funders, has signatories from across the UK who can all be seen on the dedicated website

Commenting on the announcement today of the fund rising to £3.2m, the contributing partners have said:

Dr Lynne Guyton FRSA, CEO at John Lyon’s Charity has said:

“John Lyon’s Charity is committed to helping its grantees and CYP groups through this unprecedented crisis. To show our support, we are ring-fencing £500,000 to assist groups whose delivery and very existence might be affected at this time. It is our mission to walk alongside our groups and help them through this difficult time in any way we can.”

Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive at Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said:

“The voluntary sector is needed today more than ever before – to provide care and help manage isolation, to run food banks and offer shelter, to provide distraction for our children at home and advice for those most affected. London will simply not cope without these organisations, and funders and government need to come together to support their extraordinary effort. Paul Hamlyn Foundation is pleased to be joining our peers to do just that.”

Julia and Hans Rausing said:

“This is an extraordinarily tough time for everyone across the country, particularly for the most vulnerable in society. We are pleased to support London Funders on this new fund to support the communities affected by this grave pandemic.”

Covid-19 Statement

March 2020

John Lyon’s Charity is truly sympathetic to the impact of Covid-19 on our grantees and wider networks. In response, we have agreed in principle to the joint statement issued by London Funders.  This agreement represents the Charity’s ongoing committment to being flexible and responsive to the challenges presented by Covid-19, in order to best support the Children and Young People’s sector in our Beneficial Area.  However, we ask that grantees must get in touch with their Grants Manager before making any changes to delivery or grant expenditure. If you are unsure who to contact at the Charity, please email

Our thoughts go out to anyone affected by Covid-19 and we encourage everyone to follow NHS advice on how to avoid spreading and manage coronavirus.

John Lyon’s Charity commits £500,000 to The Excluded Initiative in partnership with The Evening Standard, Martin Moshal and the London Community Foundation

January 2020

The Evening Standard, John Lyon’s Charity, tech investor and philanthropist Martin Moshal and the London Community Foundation are working together for the next three years to support inclusion in London secondary schools.

The Excluded Initiative offers special support to secondary schools in London that have exclusion rates higher than the national average and are seeking to tackle these issues in an inclusive, nurturing way by building their inclusion capacity and expertise to drive down exclusions to a minimum.  We are seeking schools that have made a commitment to tackle exclusion rates and are looking to implement a plan to do so.  This plan must have the support of the school’s management, staff and Governors, in addition to consulting with parents and the local community to ensure there are tangible benefits for the whole school.  The Initiative will provide project funding over a three-year period totalling up to £150,000 per school for your school’s inclusion programme.

Lynne Guyton, Chief Executive of John Lyon’s Charity said:

“Over the past eight years there has been a trend towards zero-tolerance resulting in more pupils being excluded.  This is happening for several reasons including lack of funding and because schools are under pressure to remove children who bring down their exam results.  In our experience of grant-making, unruly child behaviour is always a symptom of an underlying problem, be it bereavement of a parent, abuse by a family member, mental health issues of parents, being a ‘looked after child’ or inadequate housing.  By partnering with the Evening Standard’s new campaign, we hope to empower visionary headteachers to pioneer new ways of bolstering inclusion.”

Martin Moshal has also committed £500,000, which will be administered by the London Community Foundation.  He said:

“A school’s approach to dealing with exclusions can make the difference between a young person correcting their path to enter the world confident and productive and one who is let down by the system, their potential unrealised, and may leave a trail of trauma in their wake.  Our work at the Moshal Scholarship Programme with over a thousand young people in South Africa and Israel has shown how success can arise out of adversity, given the right support.  My contribution to this critical Initiative by the Evening Standard is driven by my firm belief that there is massive unrealised potential among young people from challenging backgrounds, that if harnessed effectively, can transform their lives, those of their families, communities and the wider world.  My family and I lived in the UK until December 2018 and wish to show our gratitude to the country for hosting us over the last decade.”

Kate Markey, Chief Executive of The London Community Foundation, which manages the Dispossessed Fund said:

“We want to embolden schools that have lacked the resources to be as inclusive as they might and who can lead the way in supporting distressed children that act out so that no child is left behind.”

The Excluded Initiative is now open for applications from secondary schools within London.  Schools based in the Charity’s Beneficial Area can find out more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply here.  Schools based in other London boroughs can apply via the London Community Foundation.

Read Lynne Guyton’s blog on excluded young people here.

Children and young people’s organisations in Kensington & Chelsea get a new Young People’s Foundation as an early Christmas present

December 2019

A new organisation, Young K&C, has been founded in Kensington & Chelsea to provide support to youth organisations working within the borough.  Young K&C is a Young People’s Foundation and it will aim to reinforce and strengthen groups who are involved with helping children and young people in their local area.

Any organisation which works with children and young people in Kensington & Chelsea can become a member of Young K&C. The membership is free and there are significant benefits from joining, including capacity building, fundraising support, access to consortium fundraising opportunities and access to a venue bank to share available spaces.

Nicola Butler, Chief Executive

Nicola Butler has recently been appointed as Young K&C’s first Chief Executive and begins working in her role in January.

The Chair of Young K&C, Andy Evans, says:

“It’s an exciting time for Young K&C with our new CEO Nicola Butler starting in the new year. She’ll be engaging with local providers and organisations to help them come together for the benefit of children and  young people in Kensington & Chelsea.”

As part of the Young People’s Foundation family, Young K&C is not competing for limited local funds, as it has secured core funding for the next four years from John Lyon’s Charity (who developed the YPF model), as well as the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Dr Lynne Guyton, CEO of John Lyon’s Charity, is positive about the establishing of Young K&C:

“I am delighted that our creation of, and continued support to, the Young People’s Foundations (YPFs) model has evolved into such an effective body to support the voluntary sector.  The YPF model has allowed us to get even closer to our communities on the ground, including strengthening our links with local authorities.  We are thrilled that Young K&C is now coming to fruition.”

Young K&C will enhance the Council’s new youth offer, which includes newly refurbished hubs, youth clubs and officers in dedicated teams.

Lead member for Children and Families Services Cllr David Lindsay says:

“We’re really proud to be backing Young K&C as they support community and voluntary sector organisations to develop and thrive. This new foundation will significantly enhance the offer for young people and will ensure providers are involved in decision-making and much more.” 

You will hear more about Young K&C in the future, but you can help shape its future direction by signing up to become a member.

Convo wins Ivors Composer Award!

December 2019

Convo, a new work by emerging composer, Charlotte Harding premiered on Thursday, 7 March 2019 at the Royal Albert Hall.  It was commissioned by the Tri-Borough Music Hub, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal College of Music with core funding from John Lyon’s Charity. We are very proud to announce that last night, Charlotte secured an Ivor Composers Award for this incredible composition within the ‘Community or Educational Project’ category.

Convo (image below) was the culmination of a two year large-scale music composition and performance project working with young people from throughout the Tri-Borough (Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster). Eight schools were engaged in the first year (a primary and secondary school from each borough, and two special schools) to participate in workshops, delivered by Charlotte, to generate ideas for the composition, to be performed at the Royal Albert Hall. A true partnership, workshops were supported by a team of mentors from the Royal College of Music’s RCM Sparks programme and ensembles from the Tri-Borough Music Hub. Workshops introduced the project to pupils and ensemble members, and pupils were supported to create their contributions to the final score. In the second year, the project grew to include 45 participating schools and all five of the Music Hub’s Ensembles.

The result was a massed performance by young people alongside more experienced musicians that was truly inspirational. One thousand young people from primary, secondary and special schools contributed their voices and ideas, which were drawn together by the talented composer, Charlotte Harding. We are truly pleased for her and the success of this partnership project.

Convo 7th March 2019. Photo credit: Royal Albert Hall.

Communications Capacity Building Works: Grasvenor Gets Gold at the Charity Film Awards 2019

Ben Hyland, Film Director, Sarah-Jane Morton, Grasvenor Project and Wendy Pearce, Media Trust

May 2019

Grasvenor Project’s film, #RoleModels is one of 30 powerful, short films created to support the Charity’s grantees through our Volunteer Films Initiative over the last three years.

In partnering with Media Trust, the UK’s leading communications charity, John Lyon’s Charity has funded 30 of its grantees over the last three years to make films alongside volunteer film directors. Crucially, charities are given the flexibility to create films to meet their communications needs, with subjects ranging from raising awareness and publicising the grantees’ youth services to recruiting volunteers and fundraising.

The initiative sees professional film makers apply to Media Trust to volunteer their time and expertise on an expenses-only basis (budget: £1,500), who then match their skills and experience to each charity.  Films are made in collaboration with the charities and young people they work with, who add their voices to the process – and sometimes the final product – gaining skills and new experiences throughout the journey.

The project also incorporates two days of media training (focusing on social media, communications strategies and messaging) by industry experts, to ensure that groups are equipped to maximise the potential of their films and ensure their voices are heard.  Training days and an annual film launch at the Institute of Contemporary Arts also provide opportunities for groups to network and engage in peer-to-peer learning.

As a funder, John Lyon’s Charity also recognises the importance of learning and developing these programmes.  Understanding that participants are best-placed to provide this insight and expertise, in 2019 the Charity ran a feedback session attended by the 2018 cohort.  Primarily, the session enabled the charities, Media Trust and John Lyon’s Charity to share learning and experiences and hear what charities have been able to achieve with their films.

Communications capacity building works. In the 2018 cohort alone, of the released films:

  • Grasvenor Project won gold in the £100k-£500k category at the Charity Film Awards for their film #RoleModels on 26th April 2019. Over 400 charities entered films across its categories and 50,000 members of the public voted.  The work of this charity is very case-specific and so can be challenging to articulate, which the film supports. One of the film actors has gone on to become a mentor
  • Woodland Forest Adventure School Harrow is using its film in applications to funders and on its website
  • Greenford High School’s film on its online-safety Cybermentor initiative has been shown at a borough-wide schools conference and led to an increase in the number of student volunteers and schools wanting to participate in the initiative. It has also featured in local news
  • Bag Books has launched its film in line with its 25th anniversary and is using the film to both thank and recruit volunteers to help make its multi-sensory storybooks
  • Kids’ Cookery School has used its film for both trustee and volunteer recruitment, to give a real understanding of its work. Following one talk in a school, KCS received 52 volunteer applications
  • London Football Journeys is using its film to demonstrate its work and add its voice to a national message to #ChangetheNarrative around children and young people
  • Harrow Carers’ film demonstrates their work as had received over 2,000 views by March this year. A business marketing student is taking lead on disseminating the film more widely
  • Stonebridge Boxing Club has used the film alongside its move into new premises

We are hugely pleased for what the charities have been able to achieve and look forward to keeping up with their journeys as we continue developing the project in 2019.


All released films from the 2018 cohort can be found on the Charity’s Vimeo page.
Other films can be found exemplifying each of the Charity’s Programme Area pages.
Keep up to date with John Lyon’s Charity on Twitter or Linkedin.

We’ve moved online!

March 2019

With a little help from our favourite mascot, John Lyon’s Charity is delighted to announce that our application forms have moved online!  In a move for modernity and an effort to become more eco-friendly, grantees will now be asked to make logins and apply via our online Grants Portal.  This is available for all grant funds from today.

The one- and two-stage application processes remain largely unchanged, but how you submit information has.  To find out more about individual grant funds, click here.

This has also been an opportunity for the Charity to consider our procedures, the questions we ask and the way in which we ask them.  We have worked hard to ensure that the questions across our grant funds are relevant, uniform and user-friendly.  It also means that grantees will be able to see their reporting deadlines, receive email reminders of when reports are due (and overdue) and view any outstanding requirements – such as posting a hard copy bank statement to the Charity.  In addition, all the information about your application(s) will be in one place, enabling you to manage multiple grants (if applicable) more easily and refer to previous applications.

We hope this is the bright beginning of a more efficient, user-friendly process and welcome any feedback from grantees.  We have included a feedback box at the end of each application form, to enable us to keep improving our application process and deal with any new system niggles.

The Grants Portal can also be accessed through our main website menu by going to Grants > How do I apply > Apply Online: Grants Portal

We are a Living Wage Friendly Funder!

November 2018

John Lyon’s Charity is proud to announce that we are now an accredited Living Wage Friendly Funder, taking our commitment to being a Living Wage Employer a step further.  In doing so, we have joined a movement of more than 30 funders across the country in the commitment and belief that ‘a fair day’s work should mean a fair day’s pay’, helping people whose posts are funded by the Charity to make ends meet.

Dr Lynne Guyton, Chief Executive Officer

“We are thrilled to have become an accredited Living Wage Friendly Funder.  While the majority of salaries funded by John Lyon’s Charity are already at or exceed the Real Living Wage, we see this accreditation as reinforcing our commitment to and support of the people working so hard with the children and young people in our Beneficial Area of North and West London every day.  Moreover, we wish to add our voice to the 4,700 employers and over 30 funders that have committed to paying their employees – or grantees – fairly, by encouraging and facilitating our grantees to do the same.  It is only by enabling this systemic change that we begin to create the stability from which our children, families and communities can thrive.”


 What does being a Living Wage Friendly Funder mean for applicants?

Being a Living Wage Friendly Funder means that we strongly encourage all salaries that are partially or fully grant-funded by John Lyon’s Charity to be paid the Real Living Wage, as a minimum.  This applies to all salaries for people over the age of 16, including apprenticeships, internships, sessional and freelance staff.  However, we appreciate that there might be difficulties doing so, for example if a salary is part-funded below the Real Living Wage. Please visit the Living Wage section of our FAQ for further information.

We encourage all current and prospective grantees to become Living Wage Employers. Further information about what it entails can be found on the Living Wage Foundation’s website.

What is the Real Living Wage?

Across the UK: £9.00
Greater London: £10.55

The Real Living Wage is an hourly wage rate based on the cost of living. It is independently calculated on an annual basis, based on a basket of household goods and services. Please note that funded projects taking place within the nine boroughs of the Charity’s Beneficial Area* should apply for salaries at the London Living Wage of £10.55 per hour, as a minimum. This is higher than the Government’s National Living Wage (£7.83 per hour for over 25s) which is based on average earnings, rather than what families need to live.  

*The Charity’s Beneficial Area is: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and the Cities of Westminster and London.

When will John Lyon’s Charity start to implement the Real Living Wage?

From now! We welcome revisions to any applications that have not yet been considered by the Trustee and all new applications from today, 5th November 2018. For more frequently asked questions, click here.