10 year old Damilola Taylor dreamed of being a Doctor. Shortly before his untimely death on 27th November 2000 he wrote of his hope to change the World. The 20th anniversary campaign is dedicated to young people and their aspirational stories of ambition and hope. The kind of young person Damilola was turning into.

Rio Ferdinand

“I remember the impact the death of Damilola had on Peckham and on society. Twenty years on I am delighted that my own foundation is working with the Damilola Taylor Trust and the Hope Collective helping to shape this memorial campaign. It is important we change the narrative around young people and offer support and pathways to allow them to shape a positive future and fulfil their potential. ”

Niven Rennie
Violence Reduction Unit Director

“I was delighted to speak at the 18th anniversary memorial lecture and even more delighted to now have Scottish VRU join the “Hope collective” behind this campaign. Hope is a vital ingredient in public health approach so what a wonderful way to honour Damilola’s legacy”

Richard Taylor

“Twenty years have passed but the memories are still vivid and the pain is still raw. It gives me great pride though that so many organisations are supporting this campaign to shine a light on the kind of positive young person Dami was turning into himself”

We want to establish real change that enables UK’s most vulnerable communities to be ‘levelled up’ and free from poverty, violence and discrimination. We will do this by: - committing to working with young people at the heart of all we do so we can create long-term change - amplifying the voices of young people and focus on their hopes for the future - bringing together leaders from cross-sectors and Government, with young people to create long term solutions that engage communities in social activism to authenticate and affect positive change - celebrating young people’s hopes for the future in an annual Day of Hope on the 7th December • How we work Hope Collective is a youth-led, collaborative approach The Youth Management Group is a group of young people recruited from across the UK that has led and developed the programme of activity of the Hope Collective and The Day Of Hope campaign. Through their participation, the young people have access to a range of opportunities that support their personal and professional development as well as enabling them to lead change across the UK. The Hope Collective merges expertise from the developing violence reduction network around the UK with subject matter experts from youth work, health, housing, justice, education and communication. We are creating an annual programme of activity that equips young people with the skills and networks to deliver change int their communities. This will enable us to deliver a youth led, peer-to-peer needs assessment of the current challenges facing young people and co-design solutions to drive long lasting change.

Ambassadors of hope

Individual stories of everyday young people. Their hopes and aspirations. Advocated by campaign partner orgs

of hope

Page dedicated to opportunities for young people to engage with


All of the organisations who have come together to support this 20th anniversary legacy campaign

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