London City Airport (LCY) has renewed its commitment to supporting its local communities in East London with the launch of the London City Helpers programme.
The new programme, delivered in partnership with the East London Business Alliance (ELBA) and with support from other community partners, will see the airport deliver bespoke engagement activities in the community to tackle unemployment and inequality.
It is also designed to raise the aspiration of disadvantaged young people and support the mental health and wellbeing of residents in Newham and across East London.
LCY notes that a new bespoke mentoring scheme will also be launched to raise young people’s aspirations and support their mental health and wellbeing.
In partnership with 15BillionEBP, volunteers from the airport will mentor Newham school students at risk of becoming not in education, employment or training (NEET) due to the impact of the pandemic, via online workshops and other engagement activities aimed at fostering resilience and motivation and breaking the cycle of deprivation and low attainment.
LCY’s chief executive, Robert Sinclair, said: “We have a long-established record of supporting our local communities and I am really pleased that our new London City Helpers programme has been launched to help young people, in particular, achieve their potential.
“Looking ahead, we are hopeful that international travel can safely restart this summer. And when it does, just as we have in the past, we want to work with our local partners to ensure that we reflect the vibrancy and diversity of East London by ensuring that as many of the new jobs we create go to local people.”