WE ARE THE  GODWIN LAWSON FOUNDATION

WORKING TO REDUCE VIOLENCE AND KNIFE CRIME

HELPING BUILD BRIGHTER FUTURES FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE

    WORKING WITH PARTNERS CREATING SAFER COMMUNITIES

BRINGING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER!

WE WORK  WITH SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND COMMUNITY GROUPS

UNDERTAKE KEY RESEARCH TO INFORM WORK IN THE FIELD

AND CAMPAIGNING FOR CHANGE

WHO ARE WE?

 

The Godwin Lawson Foundation (GLF) is a registered charity founded in 2012 by Yvonne and Calvin Lawson to commemorate the life of their son, Godwin Lawson. Godwin was stabbed in the street in Stamford Hill, trying to prevent two of his old school friends from being attacked by four young men. He was just 17.

Following his tragic death, Yvonne began researching gangs and knife crime. Shocked by its scale and impact, she became determined that Godwin’s legacy should be something to help keep young people safe, and prevent other families having to go through the pain and loss that hers had suffered.

Our aim is to reduce gun and knife crime by encouraging young people to identify their talents and fulfill their potential through providing positive opportunities so that they can avoid gang life and develop their capabilities as members of a tolerant society.

 

WHAT DO WE DO?

Empowering Girls Project

We work with vulnerable young women at risk of becoming involved with or being exploited by gangs in Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest.

Schools & Colleges

We work to help develop a greater awareness of the effect of knife crime through presentations, workshops, drama and discussions.

Peace Ambassadors

Our successful peer to peer mentoring programme providing positive role models from within the community with whom young people can identify.

Research

In response to the rise in knife crime and knife carrying in the Borough, Haringey Council have commissioned the Godwin Lawson Foundation to carry out a research programme.

Media Work

Our CEO Yvonne Lawson is regulary called upon to undertake media work including TV and radio interviews. Please contact us on the link below to find out more or to read our press releases.

Community Sports

We provide opportunities for young people to participate in sporting events that we organise in collaboration with other community organisations and public sector bodies.

Latest news from the blog

 

Yvonne and team at AP Academy Octagon

Octogan AP Academy in Wood Green. In an interactive session, the group explored different themes around the theme of knife crime including causes and consequences. Yvonne discussed her story and pupils explored themes of resilience, self awareness and confidence....

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Yvonne appears on Woman’s Hour

Yvonne appeared on Woman's Hour this morning to talk about how parents can talk about knife crime to their children. Yvonne joined presenter Jenny Murray and a fellow bereaved mother to talk about their direct experiences and what parents should say to their children...

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Yvonne appears on TV to discuss latest knife deaths

After a weekend that has seen two young people both aged 17 die in two separate knife attacks in Manchester and London and a week that has seen five fatal stabbings in the capital alone, Yvonne has yet again been called on to appear on TV, Radio and in news articles...

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GLF at School

Yvonne carried out morning assembly for year 6 pupils in Haringey this morning. Yvonne talked about Godwin and her family experience of knife crime and then discussed it with the students. She also spoke about the consquences of knife crime for those carrying knives...

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Get on in Life!

Yvonne joined the London Fire Brigade who were running the LIFE Programme for a group of young people in Haringey in February. Local Intervention Fire Education (LIFE) is a 4 or 5 day programme for 14–17-year-olds at a fire station in your area. It is an interactive...

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