The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

Transforming the lives of young people and achieving real social change

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust was set up in 1998 by Stephen’s mother, Doreen Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon OBE. She wanted to ensure that future generations of young people would enjoy the opportunities that were denied to Stephen by his senseless murder

Since then we have had a significant impact on criminal justice and social policy.  And we have had a lasting impact on the lives and life chances of the individual young people we have worked with.

Our Objectives
Since 1998, we have awarded over 120 bursaries to disadvantage young people wishing to pursue a career in architecture. It is one of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust’s core objectives, reflecting Stephen’s own dream of becoming an architect, before his senseless murder in a racist attack in 1993.
As we continue to grow we aim to be a fitting legacy to Stephen’s memory.  Our current objectives are:

  • To develop the Stephen Lawrence Building Futures programme and to support aspiring architects and young people wishing to pursue a career in the built environment
  • To maximise the use of the Stephen Lawrence Centre
  • To continue to grow our Communities Programme, focusing on work with 16-24 year olds and the wider community
  • To continue to grow our Career Pathway programme
  • To establish our Social Enterprise – Stephen Lawrence Consulting
  • To determine the Strategy in respect of Stephen Lawrence Education Standard
  • To continue and grow our Voice of Transformation work (campaigning for fairness and justice by leading debate and influencing decision makers)
  • To be a highly effective social business

To find out more information about any of our objectives or to partner on a programme, get in touch with us at