The UK’s largest city and capital, London has the greatest inequality of any region in the country. Extreme wealth and extreme deprivation often live side by side, in the same borough or even down the same street.
Thirty-seven percent of London children are living in poor households compared to 26% for the rest of England. Inner London has a higher poverty rate than outer London, and East has a higher poverty rate than West. The borough of Tower Hamlets has the highest level of child poverty in the country.
London is the most ethnically diverse city in the country, with 55% of the population identifying as Black or Minority Ethnic (BAME). It also has the highest rate of children and young people in contact with the criminal justice system.
“I had just started hearing voices, and I asked the voices to leave me alone, I said to them, if I get the power to rap, then you can chat all you want. I started using music as a way to help me deal with the fact that I was mentally ill.”
After being rescued by ECPAT UK, Grace found herself living in foster care in London with very little trust in anyone. Through singing in a choir, she’s grown in confidence, made new friends and started to adjust to a new life in a new place.
Alfie, 15, was angry and disillusioned after being excluded from some lessons at school. But African drumming has helped him find a new sense of calm and an outlet for his musical creativity.
London Symphony Orchestra
At the Youth Create Day, young disabled people from across East London had the opportunity to experiment with new instruments and technology, improvise in a group and enjoy performances from the LSO’s world-class musicians. They also met an X Factor star!
Kinetika Bloco Croydon's fun-packed October half term workshop gave young people the chance to learn drums, steel pans, brass or woodwind, make new friends and perform together.