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The Lord Mayor’s Appeal enters 2020 with a busy agenda as we work to create A Better City For All, one that is inclusive, healthy, skilled, and fair.

We launch This is Me for the year at a special morning event on Tuesday 4 February at Mansion House. This is Me is committed to changing attitudes around mental health and strives to create healthier and more inclusive workplaces by reducing stigma, dispelling myths, and improving employee wellbeing for good. It does this through three key strands - This is Me Storytelling, The Green Ribbon; and Wellbeing in the Workplace online training. So far over 800 businesses have signed up, and last year 150,000 green ribbons were worn.

On Thursday 13 February 300 young women will be spending a day learning more about why the City is a viable career choice for them. It’s all part of She Can Be…, an initiative which aims to improve gender equality in business and empower young women to pursue careers in business. She Can Be... opens up the City to untapped talent through a one day event in which groups of young women visit City firms and meet role models to learn about how their skills are valuable to the workplace, the diversity of backgrounds of the City’s employees, and why the City wants to recruit them.

Our Power of Inclusion breakfasts will continue, this year focused on the theme of social inclusion. Inclusive workplaces are more productive, commercially successful, and have a happier and more engaged workforce. Through membership of the Power of Inclusion series, member organisations collaborate for change, hear about innovative programmes that are already proven to be successful, and share lessons learned. The 2020 series begins in May.

Our annual celebration of philanthropy and giving, City Giving Day will take place on Tuesday 22 September. Launched in 2014, City Giving Day is a unique event that has become a staple in the City’s calendar, uniting us through charity and community partnerships. Companies involved in City Giving Day use it as an opportunity to showcase their amazing charitable and community work, letting their staff and visitors know about the difference they are making and the lives they are changing. Last year over £500,000 was raised. Any businesses interested in taking part should come to one of our breakfasts on Tuesday 25 February, Tuesday 12 May or Thursday 2 July.

We have a fantastic calendar of events, providing a great opportunity to have fun and raise money at the same time. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress will be hosting the Call My Wine Bluff Dinner, a fun and informal evening at Mansion House on Thursday 27 February, and an exciting Race Night at Mansion House on Wednesday 25 March. Then it’s the London Market Dinner 'Protect Our Planet', an insurance sector event, on Tuesday 5 May at Guildhall. City Beerfest is going to be back in 2020 - and bigger than ever! Thursday 2 July will see Guildhall Yard taken over by an exciting open beer and musical festival, for the fifth year.  And on Friday 18 September at Guildhall you can join Alderman & Sheriff Professor Michael Mainelli and Sheriff Christopher Hayward CC at the annual Sheriffs’ Ball.

Throughout the year we will be supporting our charity partners Place2Be, Onside Youth Zones, Samaritans and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. These organisations are leading experts in addressing social issues, and our support helps them to deliver groundbreaking programmes.

All in all, it’s going to be busy and brilliant!

Any businesses who would like to know more, or are interested in supporting our work should email info@thelordmayorsappeal.org