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 to appear on Eastenders’ Special Episode

Yvonne  will feature in this Friday’s episode of Eastenders. The BBC 1 show will break from its traditional format for this special episode which is based around Shakil Kazemi's funeral. Shakil’s character was killed last month in harrowing scenes of knife violence....

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Yvonne responds to latest knife incidents

As knife and gun crime rises to an all time high, our thoughts and prayers are with those young men and women who have lost their lives in the latest spate of tragic killings on the streets of London. Yvonne has been interviewed several times over the past two weeks...

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Yvonne interviewed about latest spike in tragic deaths

As two young men lose their lives within 24 hours of each other, Yvonne was interviewed by the BBC on what needs to be done. Yvonne talked about the role the community, the police and outside agencies have to play in reducing knife crime. Meanwhile Cressida Dick, Met...

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Fancy volunteering?

The Godwin Lawson Foundation is blessed to have the support of many volunteers. From our fundraisers to event organisers, mentors to youth peace ambassadors everyone plays a vital role. Without this help we could not survive and spread our message far and wide. With...

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