Throughout 2020 Take the Reins have been proud members of the Hope Collective and participants in the Year of Hope campaign. The Collective and Campaign was established to mark the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of Damilola Taylor in Peckham, South London by celebrating his life, his ambitions and harnessing the hopes of young people to create a better society.
Bringing together organisations from across a range of sectors – including the Damilola Taylor Trust, UK Youth, National Citizenship Service, Rio Ferdinand Foundation, London Violence Reduction Unit, Professional Footballers Association and Metropolitan Police to name just some of our partners in the Collective – the campaign sought to amplify the voices of young people across the UK on the theme of hope, and to showcase the positive contributions made by young people across the UK. Youth participants in the programme also received training and support from a range of organisations including Take The Reins to create a day of Youth action on 7th December 2020, the date of Damilola’s birthday.
The campaign received a boost in December when Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced 7th December as a national Day of Hope in perpetuity as a memorial to Damilola and in recognition of the hopes of young people and communities in the UK.
We remain committed to the Hope Collective in 2021 and we are currently working with partners and young people to plan and develop a network and schedule of activities for the Day of Hope 2021.