Arriva Rail London and the Godwin Lawson Foundation launches trailblazing new initiative to benefit communities in North London

The first partnership between a knife crime charity and a rail company was announced today. Arriva Rail London (ARL) and the Godwin Lawson Foundation will work together on a number of initiatives which aim to provide more opportunities for young people in North London and improve safety in communities served by the West Anglia and Gospel Oak to Barking routes.

During the partnership, ARL and the Foundation will launch a new mentoring initiative and take part in small and large fundraising activities. The mentoring programme, which targets those most vulnerable, will demonstrate to young people a life outside of gangs and what is possible to achieve in terms of potential future employment with bigger businesses, including ARL.

The charity also believes that the power of sport and physical activity – particularly away from London, can assist with combating area rivalry.  So the partners will come together for football and cricket events. In addition, an organised walk in the mountains of Snowdonia has been arranged for August 2019, so young people can experience a different aspect to life as an alternative to their usual environment.

The first major event ARL will carry out is a station-to-station walk where employees and volunteers will visit every one of the 40x stations on the GM East network on Wednesday 17 July 2019.

Scott Ive, Arriva Rail London general manager, said: “Our partnership with the Godwin Lawson Foundation will help us to make a positive impact in the diverse communities we serve, improving safety in our neighbourhoods by investing in young people and empowering them to realise their potential.”

Not only are ARL hoping to raise significant funds, but also to demonstrate the vision of the charity – not just by connecting people by way of the railway, but also by a common goal of acceptance and tolerance for one another.

Yvonne Lawson, Founder of the Godwin Lawson Foundation, commented

The Godwin Lawson Foundation is delighted to launch this partnership with ARL’s GM East area. We work with hundreds of young people from all backgrounds every year to help them develop the confidence, knowledge and communication skills they need to succeed in their lives. Working collaboratively with GM East will help us extend the help we offer young people beyond our current work and spread the message about the dangers of carrying weapons and the negative connotations it can have in our community. We would like to thank all the people at GM East for their invaluable support.”

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Notes for Editors


The Godwin Lawson Foundation was set up to commemorate the life of Godwin Lawson who tragically lost his life to an unprovoked knife attack whilst helping his friends. The charity hopes to educate young people, so they can develop their capability to be members of a tolerant society.

Arriva Rail London

Arriva Rail London is the train operating company responsible for running the London Overground network under a Concession Agreement with Transport for London (TfL). The seven and half year concession commenced on 13 November 2016.

Working in partnership with TfL, Arriva Rail London will deliver further improvements for London Overground customers through more frequent services, new trains and improved interchanges as well as developing stations and lines to meet increasing passenger demand and to support new homes and jobs.

Arriva Rail London is part of the Arriva group. Arriva is one of the leading providers of passenger transport in Europe, employing over 53,000 people and delivering 2 billion passenger journeys a year across 14 European countries.

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