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BLD Foundation

BLD Foundation

Who we are

The BLD Foundation is a registered charity and its aim is the advancement of education for those of African, Asian, Caribbean and other ethnic minority and/or those from socio-economically underprivileged backgrounds.

The Foundation is changing lives and transforming businesses by its focus on talent, diversity and social mobility by supporting young people towards achieving their fullest potential. 


underprivileged backgrounds towards achieving their fullest
potential. We do this by providing them with knowledge and information about the
opportunities available in the legal profession, equipping them with the skills to take
advantage of these opportunities, and providing them with access to work
placements and recruitment opportunities in leading firms and chambers nationally.
Our flagship Legal Gateway Scheme runs nationally with particular focus on London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. We work very closely with schools and universities. We are hugely grateful to the support of our sponsors, donors and supporters without whom we could not run our programmes. 

The Legal Gateway Scheme has four distinct programmes catering to the needs of different groups of young people at different stages in their personal and academic development:

TCTLToday’s Children Tomorrow’s Lawyers (TCTL) programme is for those in secondary schools as well as Sixth Form Colleges in years 9-13 (typically aged 13-19 years). The purpose of this programme is to raise awareness
and the aspiration of the young people in this age group during their formative secondary school years, empower them and help them to make informed choices.

FHFirst Headstart (FH) for first year Law and second year non-law undergraduates. It provides an insight into graduate recruitment requirements and equip participants with information and basic skills about their next steps.

LLPLegal Launch Pad (LLP) for second and third year undergraduates as well as postgraduates. It is a structured nine-month programme that includes intensive training workshops, one-to-one mentoring and work placement. Its purpose is to provide career and personal development to the participants and to provide organisations with the support to widen access by tapping into a more diverse talent pool. 

MDBDThe Make a Difference Be the Difference(MDBD) programme focus in on mentoring for those aged 18 and above. This is a standalone 12 month mentoring programme that provides career and personal development
support through one-to-one mentoring with qualified professionals.

To find out more information about any of our programmes, please contact the BLD Foundation at

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Charity details

Registered address
288 Bishopsgate,

0203170 8819

Charity number

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