City Year UK and National Grid mark five years of supporting young people in London


We were delighted to welcome special guest, Hackney South and Shoreditch MP Meg Hillier, to an event at Whitmore Primary School in March to celebrate our five year partnership with National Grid. The company has supported us since we started in 2010 and Whitmore was also one of our first five pilot schools.

Meg Hillier said: “It’s great to see City Year UK thriving in Hackney. Pupils really benefit from these additional role models in the classroom and I congratulate National Grid on their sustained commitment to Hackney and Whitmore primary school.”

Also attending the celebration was National Grid’s Head of Cable Tunnels, David Luetchford, who added “National Grid has an important role in connecting Londoners to the energy they use, but it’s also important that we connect with the communities where we work.Our work with City Year UK enables us to connect with one of the capital’s most precious resources – its young people. It’s great to see first hand how the programme is making such a positive difference in the lives of young people.”

And last but not least, we were fortunate to be joined by one of City Year UK’s earliest corps members who served at Whitmore, Rodney Williams. Rodney has since gone on to work as a Project Officer on National Grid’s flagship London Power Tunnels scheme. Find out more about Rodney’s ‘City Year’ story in our short film.

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