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 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....read more
Yvonne Lawson calls for the government to follow through on promises for more grassroots funding to tackle epidemic. Yvonne Lawson, CEO of the Godwin Lawson Foundation is today calling for more funding into early intervention work to tackle knife crime in the capital....read more
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...read more
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...read more
Yvonne joined some of London’s most influential young artists, from grime and rap stars to poets and bloggers, at Mayor Sadiq Khan's launch of a new campaign to help stop knife crime from claiming young lives in London. The Mayor’s campaign - London Needs You...read more
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...read more
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