The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

Transforming the lives of young people and achieving real social change

A lot has changed since Stephen Lawrence’s murder in a racist attack in 1993. But some things have stayed the same. Too many young people still struggle to succeed because they are disadvantaged by factors beyond their control.

Factors such as where they are born, the school they go to, or discrimination they may face. But we don’t accept that your background should limit what you can achieve.

We believe that every young person, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity and support to flourish in a society that treats them with fairness and respect. That’s why we work with young people aged 13 to 30 to broaden their view of what’s possible. We help them to gain the knowledge, skills and qualifications they need to pursue the career of their choice. We support them to progress through the early stages of their career. We also work with community groups, companies and others to create a fairer society in which everyone can thrive.

The Trust has a purpose built Centre in South London and delivers innovative and impactful programmes that ‘transform the lives of Young People and achieve real social change’. SLCT achieves this vision by working towards 6 objectives:
To deliver The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures programme supporting aspiring architects and young people wishing to pursue careers in the built environment

  • To deliver all-age community programmes with an emphasis on offering support for hard to reach citizens.
  • To deliver innovative employment & enterprise programmes to young people aged 13-30
  • To grow our social enterprise activity in order to be a highly effective social business
  • To maximise the use of the Stephen Lawrence Centre
  • To continue to grow our Voice of Transformation work in pursuit of achieving social justice for all.

We know that creating a society that is fairer to all will take time, but we are already making a difference to the young people we work with every day, and for the rest of their lives. We don’t receive any government funding and we don’t have a large endowment, income from investments or other financial reserves we can fall back on. That means we need your support so we can make a difference in young people’s lives.