The Godwin Lawson Foundation is a registered charity. Our entire program is financed by some small grants and the generosity of individual supporters. We understand not everyone is able to make a financial donation, but you can still show your support by helping us spread the word on social media. Just click the Facebook and Twitter buttons below to let your friends and family know you stand against knife crime. And if you can afford to make a small donation, then we would greatly appreciate that too.


LATEST NEWS: Read all about the 2019 Godwin Lawson Memorial Football Tournament hosted by The Spurs Foundation HERE.


The Godwin Lawson Foundation (GLF) is a registered charity founded in 2012 by Yvonne and Calvin Lawson to commemorate the life of their son, Godwin Lawson. Godwin was stabbed in the street in Stamford Hill, trying to prevent two of his old school friends from being attacked by four young men. He was just 17.

Following his tragic death, Yvonne began researching gangs and knife crime. Shocked by its scale and impact, she became determined that Godwin’s legacy should be something to help keep young people safe, and prevent other families having to go through the pain and loss that hers had suffered.

Our aim is to reduce gun and knife crime by encouraging young people to identify their talents and fulfill their potential through providing positive opportunities so that they can avoid gang life and develop their capabilities as members of a tolerant society.


Empowering Girls Project

We work with vulnerable young women at risk of becoming involved with or being exploited by gangs in Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest.

Schools & Colleges

We work to help develop a greater awareness of the effect of knife crime through presentations, workshops, drama and discussions.

Peace Ambassadors

Our successful peer to peer mentoring programme providing positive role models from within the community with whom young people can identify.


In response to the rise in knife crime and knife carrying in the Borough, Haringey Council have commissioned the Godwin Lawson Foundation to carry out a research programme.

Media Work

Our CEO Yvonne Lawson is regulary called upon to undertake media work including TV and radio interviews. Please contact us on the link below to find out more or to read our press releases.

Community Sports

We provide opportunities for young people to participate in sporting events that we organise in collaboration with other community organisations and public sector bodies.


GLF at School

Yvonne carried out morning assembly for year 6 pupils in Haringey this morning. Yvonne talked about Godwin and her family experience of knife crime and then discussed it with the students. She also spoke about the consquences of knife crime for those carrying knives...

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Get on in Life!

Yvonne joined the London Fire Brigade who were running the LIFE Programme for a group of young people in Haringey in February. Local Intervention Fire Education (LIFE) is a 4 or 5 day programme for 14–17-year-olds at a fire station in your area. It is an interactive...

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Keepings kids safe!

Yvonne spent the afternoon with the Parental Forum today  helping parents with tips on keeping their children safe.   Some of the tips she shared included: Parents and carers can play an important role in stopping knife crime becoming a part of their child’s life....

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