Legal & General Retirement Institutional (“LGRI”) has donated £10,000 to Just Like Us (“the Charity”), a non-profit organisation that tackles homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. The Charity aims to make education more inclusive and to improve the lives of LGBT+ young people across the UK.
The donation will go towards the Charity’s Ambassador programme, which sees the Charity recruit, train and support LGBT+ young people aged 18-25 to become volunteer ambassadors. Once trained, the Charity’s ambassadors will go into schools and colleges to deliver talks and workshops empowering young people and championing and celebrating LGBT+ inclusion and equality.
The Charity’s London hub already has 114 ambassadors, who have spoken to almost 2,000 (1,913) of the city’s school pupils over the past academic year.
This donation, which builds on £10,000 donated by Legal & General last year, will help support the Charity’s plans to boost the size of the London hub team by over 40%, with the recruitment of 50 new ambassadors. This will help Just Like Us on its target of reaching over 20,000 pupils in London over the next year through its school talks programme.
Legal & General employees will also be providing training and mentorship to the Charity’s ambassadors around career and public speaking skills.
Dominic Arnall, Chief Executive, Just Like Us
“We are delighted that Legal & General is continuing its partnership with us to support our Ambassador programme again in 2021.
“The last year has been especially difficult for LGBT+ young people and we are incredibly grateful to Legal & General for helping us to train young LGBT+ ambassadors who will deliver school talks and workshops championing LGBT+ equality and inclusion.”
Phil Anderson, Chief Operating Officer, Legal & General Retirement Institutional
” At Legal & General, we know discrimination wastes talent, so we continue to work towards creating a workplace where we can all perform at our best, no matter who we are.
“To create a diverse and inclusive society, we need to empower the next generation by having these conversations at school.
“I am inspired by all the support Just Like Us provides to LGBT+ young people and its vital role in raising awareness around homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and look forward to continuing our partnership with Just Like Us to help tackle this social issue.”