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King's Civic Challenge goes live

King’s has launched a new competition that brings together staff, students and local charities to co-create imaginative solutions to the challenges our local communities face.

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King's Civic Challenge: staff, students and local charities to work in partnership

Designed in collaboration with our partners in Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster, and supported by the Mayor of London, King’s Civic Challenge invites local charities to work with the King’s community to develop fresh perspectives on local issues. It aims to help deliver positive change in our home boroughs.

King’s staff, students and alumni have made clear their commitment to playing an even greater role in our home boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster.

This commitment to our local communities and a shared appetite to do more inspired King’s Civic Challenge. We know that we can’t seek to solve local issues in isolation. That’s why King’s Civic Challenge brings together the King’s community with local charities that work tirelessly to tackle the long-standing problems facing our boroughs. – Baroness Bull, Vice President & Vice Principal (London) at King’s

The Challenge will see local charities join students and staff at a Matchmaking Event in October where they will connect with potential teammates before being matched into groups.

Charities taking part focus on a wide range of issues such as supporting carers’ in Lambeth, empowering girls and young women through football programmes and creating environmental campaigns with a difference like #PumpkinRescue

Over the coming months the teams will work together to refine their ideas, supported by a programme of training and workshops, before presenting their ideas at live heats in February.

A Grand Final in March next year at London's City Hall will see shortlisted teams pitch to win funding to make their ideas a reality.

The combination of our staff and students in partnership with local communities holds huge promise and I’m convinced the Civic Challenge will deliver fresh and innovative ideas as well as new opportunities for learning. – Baroness Bull, Vice President & Vice Principal (London) at King’s

If you're a local charity or organisation interested in partnering with King's visit kcl.ac.uk/local or email local@kcl.ac.uk 

Staff and students keen to join the Challenge are invited to submit a short application by 9am on 21 October 2019.