10 year old Damilola Taylor dreamed of being a Doctor. Shortly before his untimely death on 27th November 2000 he wrote of his hope to change the World. The 20th anniversary campaign is dedicated to young people and their aspirational stories of ambition and hope. The kind of young person Damilola was turning into.

Niven Rennie
Violence Reduction Unit Director

“I was delighted to speak at the 18th anniversary memorial lecture and even more delighted to now have Scottish VRU join the “Hope collective” behind this campaign. Hope is a vital ingredient in public health approach so what a wonderful way to honour Damilola’s legacy”

Rio Ferdinand

“I remember the impact the death of Damilola had on Peckham and on society. Twenty years on I am delighted that my own foundation is working with the Damilola Taylor Trust and the Hope Collective helping to shape this memorial campaign. It is important we change the narrative around young people and offer support and pathways to allow them to shape a positive future and fulfil their potential. ”

Richard Taylor

“Twenty years have passed but the memories are still vivid and the pain is still raw. It gives me great pride though that so many organisations are supporting this campaign to shine a light on the kind of positive young person Dami was turning into himself”


Hope 2020 is a campaign shining light on the positive contributions of young people. Inspired by the philosophy of the public health approach to reducing violence affecting young people. Hope is a vital ingredient especially in our most socially challenged communities. Relationships are key to supporting young people and we are delighted to have such a broad church of contributing partners supporting the campaign.

Ambassadors of hope

Individual stories of everyday young people. Their hopes and aspirations. Advocated by campaign partner orgs

of hope

Page dedicated to opportunities for young people to engage with


All of the organisations who have come together to support this 20th anniversary legacy campaign

Hope #Budget21 🤔

My take on yesterday’s #Budget21 @theipaper - welcome steps on education & skills but #LevellingUp White Paper will be key for the l-term comprehensive plan we need:👇

Justine Greening: The 2021 Budget will do little to 'level up' pre-pandemic inequality https://inews.co.uk/opinion/budget-2021-inequality-pre-covid-pandemic-1270727?ito=twitter_share_article-top

We're asking #youngpeople to write to Boris Johnson and tell him #WhyINeedAYouthWorker.

Please RT and support young people to write their letters!

All the info you need is right here


#youthwork #ywchat #YouthInvestmentFund

Our new report explores how London's voluntary & community organisations supported people’s #MentalHealth during the first year of the pandemic, how they adapted to the crisis, and what they learned: https://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/publications/lifeline-london #LifelineForLondon

The inimitable @GretaThunberg https://youtu.be/ZwD1kG4PI0w “Hope is not blah, blah, blah” “Hope is not passive” “Hope is about telling the truth” “Hope is about taking action” “And Hope always comes from the people” #TheScienceOfHope

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