Charities Aid Foundation urges Sadiq Khan to prioritise volunteering

John Low, chief executive of CAF, says the new Mayor of London must build on the capital's position as a 'global hub for philanthropy'

Sadiq Khan
Sadiq Khan

The Charities Aid Foundation has called on Sadiq Khan, the new Mayor of London, to prioritise volunteering as a way of strengthening the city’s position as the "world’s philanthropy capital".

Khan, who has been the Labour MP for Tooting since 2005, was named as London’s new mayor in the early hours of Saturday morning.

"London is a global hub for philanthropy, a world leader in volunteering and a city where charities can have their voices heard in the corridors of power," said John Low, chief executive of CAF. "We call on London’s new mayor to safeguard and build on these precious pillars of our civil society."

London was last year selected as European Volunteering Capital for 2016. Low said Khan would "do well to prioritise volunteering as a way people can shape communities and inspire others to do the same".

He said: "The mayor must continue to support the proud record of London’s world-leading businesses and entrepreneurs in their generous philanthropy and help London strengthen its position as the world’s philanthropy capital."

He also called on Khan to "help charities play their role in speaking on behalf of the millions of people they support across the capital to make our city a better place".

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