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
Schools & Colleges
Latest news from the blog
We are delighted to announce that Arriva Trains and the foundation will be working together on a number of initiatives which aim to provide more opportunities for young people in North London and make railway stations and surrounding communities safer for all. This is...read more
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....read more
Yvonne had an awesome session exploring strategies of keeping safe and developing resilience with the pupil of St Annes. Happy International Women’s Day future...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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