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
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...read more
Yvonne spent the afternoon with the Parental Forum today helping parents with tips on keeping their children safe. Some of the tips she shared included: Parents and carers can play an important role in stopping knife crime becoming a part of their child’s life....read more
How proud of we of our latest male mentors? Here we see GLF men mentors doing their training, ready to give back to the young people in our community. It always takes a village to bring up a child says the old Igbo and Yoruba proverb that exists in many different...read more
Yvonne went to the Virgin studios this afternoon to discuss her personal experience of knife crime with Eammon homes and Saira Khan on Eammon's popular Talk Show. ...read more
'A Brighter Future for our Chidren Workshop' joining run by Elevation Profile, Godwin Lawson and HR Professionals was held last week for Parents and Family. It addressed concerns that parents may be feeling about the upsurge in knife crime. Yvonne spoke at the event...read more
Sneak Peak!! Yvonne was honoured at the Best Magazine Awards last night as a Best Hero. The award recognises people making a real difference in their community. Yvonne was recognised for her unwavering commitment to helping young people in the community and...read more
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