Over the past five years XLP has become increasingly involved in an advocacy role with and on behalf of children and young people. We have engaged with senior politicians, policy makers and local and national media. We have also played a key role in the ‘Dying to Belong’ report and the development of the ‘Girls & Gangs’ strategy (In conjunction with the Centre for Social Justice). See policy papers here.
We have held several successful conferences at our excellent venue – All Hallows, London Wall. The most recent of these covered the important topic of ‘Youth Mental Health’ and attracted a wide range of professionals and other interested parties. It was hosted by ITN’s Nina Hossain who interviewed young people and others affected by mental health issues. Rt. Hon. Norman Lamb MP (Care Minister) gave the keynote address.
Our Founder & CEO Patrick Regan, has travelled to over thirty countries working with and on behalf of the poorest communities and is a regular contributor on radio and TV on issues of poverty and justice. He received the Mayor of London Peace Award in 2010 for his valuable contribution towards peace and justice.
Patrick is a passionate communicator and equally at home on the main stage at a major UK political party conference, engaging in robust debate in the media, connecting with business and community leaders, speaking to inmates in a maximum security prison or gang leaders in Jamaica. He is the author of three books, the most recent being No Ceiling to Hope: Stories of Grace From the World’s Most Dangerous Places. He is also on the advisory board of The Centre for Social Justice and is a UK ambassador for Compassion.