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National Numeracy at The Lord Mayor’s Show 2023

14 Nov 2023

National Numeracy had the honour of taking part in the Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday 11 November, the second time the charity has been a part of the prestigious event.

As a charity partner of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, some of our staff, supporters and partners walked through the streets of London flying the flag for numeracy, and were among the 7,000 people from various charities and organisations taking part in the historic procession.

The event saw the Lord Mayor of London, Michael Mainelli, sworn in to his role in a centuries-old tradition.

Lord Mayor's Show 2023

Championing Numeracy in Spectacular Style

Wearing branded blue jackets and carrying eye-catching banner flags, the National Numeracy group passed many familiar landmarks and were joined by representatives from Capital City Campus College, City Gateway, London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Dyscalculia Network.

We also walked alongside fellow Lord Mayor’s Appeal charity partner, MQ Mental Health Research, during the journey through the capital.

Our banner flags carried messages such as ‘Learn With Us,’ ‘Partner With Us’ and ‘Volunteer With Us,’ showing some of the ways we help people improve their numeracy skills and confidence.

A few days before The Lord Mayor’s Show, an event was held by the previous Lord Mayor, Nicholas Lyons, at London’s Mansion House, to champion Number Confidence Week and Every Londoner Counts, the National Numeracy initiative funded by the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

Read more about the Mansion House event here.

Sam Sims, Chief Executive of National Numeracy said:  “It was an honour for National Numeracy to take part once again in the historic Lord Mayor’s Show, as a charity partner of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal.  

"It was truly inspirational to join colleagues, supporters and partners and be part of this prestigious event, as well as a wonderful opportunity to champion our initiative, Every Londoner Counts.

“Congratulations to Michael Mainelli on becoming the 695th Lord Mayor of London!”

Every Londoner Counts

The Lord Mayor's Appeal aims to find solutions to the most pressing societal issues in the capital and beyond, by creating a City that is inclusive, healthy, skilled and fair. Its ambition is to help one million people thrive through the charities it is supporting, as well as other City-wide initiatives.

It funds National Numeracy's 'Every Londoner Counts' initiative, which is helping thousands of residents in greatest need to build their confidence and skills, and to develop a positive attitude towards basic numeracy. 

Londoners are feeling the full force of the UK’s hidden numeracy crisis with data showing that low numeracy is an issue holding back 3.5 million Londoners from fulfilling their potential. It can lead to increased vulnerability to unemployment, debt, fraud, and financial exclusion.

By training volunteer Numeracy Champions who are embedded within businesses, organisations and community groups to mentor adults, the project aims to improve employability and financial inclusion for those who need it most, in a scalable and sustainable way. 

The initiative also includes workshops that inspire positive attitudes towards numeracy – all supplemented by our awareness campaigns and easy-to-use online tool – the National Numeracy Challenge – which encourages and tracks progress.  

The charity trains volunteer Numeracy Champions to then go on to mentor the adults around them. It hopes to establish a network of 500 champions by the end of next year.

Get involved!

If your organisation is in London and would like to know how to get involved in Every Londoner Counts, please get in touch: [email protected]

Try the National Numeracy Challenge