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

 

Keepings kids safe!

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....

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Male Mentor Training Starts

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...

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Yvonne meets Eamonn and Saira

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.  ...

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Brighter Future Workshop

'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...

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Yvonne honoured as a ‘BEST’ Hero

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...

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