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Building Better Futures

Everyone should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of who they are or where they come from. However, too often young people face barriers that stand in the way of their development and prevent them from achieving their ambitions. We know the pandemic has worsened these challenges, and created new ones. This campaign seeks to listen to and work with students, educators, parents, and communities across Lambeth to identity and dismantle these barriers.

In front of 400 people at the Lambeth Citizens Assembly in April 2018, Lambeth Council agreed to co-produce a strategy for social mobility for the borough with King’s College London and Lambeth Citizens. Our aim was to listen to the community and create a set of impactful recommendations to be implemented in order to improve the lives of young people in our communities.

A pupil is speaking on stage in front of an audience and behind him is a screen with the Building Better Futures name.

On 15th November 2022, 110 members of Lambeth Citizens took action on the leader of the council, Cllr Claire Holland, as part of the Building Better Futures campaign. In collaboration with King's College London, young people and parents spoke about the need to make Lambeth a place where all young people, regardless of their backgrounds, can reach their potential. Cllr Holland agreed to setting up a taskforce for the implementation of Lambeth Citizen's recommendations which range from anti-racism in schools to the living wage for parents.