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Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957

Finding a viable alternative to payday loans

Date: | Posted by: Victoria Boelman

Date: November 17 2014

Posted by: Victoria Boelman

For a large swathe of the Welsh population on low incomes, the economic recovery could be marred by an historic overhang of debt. Overall UK consumer debt trebled in value from 1993 to 2013 reaching £158 billion. This has left many in poverty facing high debt repayments and uncertainty as interest rates are set to start… → Read More

Focusing on what works, not just what is new


Date: November 12 2014

Posted by: Victoria Boelman

This blog is the first of a series that looks at five features the programme has identified that support organisations to replicate effectively and build an evidence-base for their work. Each of these features is explored in the Realising Ambition mid-programme report. Here Tim Hobbs and Cassandra Ohlson from the Social Research Unit explore the… → Read More

Frances Beecher, on the need for collaboration in Wales


Date: October 15 2014

Posted by: Victoria Boelman

On Friday 24th October the Young Foundation is launching a collaboration with Llamau in Wales to begin a a new movement. Ahead of the event, Frances Beecher, CEO of Llamau shares her thoughts on the challenges ahead and the need for greater collaboration. It’s very hard to believe that we are out of the recession and everything… → Read More

Innovation in Education – Our Young Academy Demo Day

Date: | Posted by: Seva Phillips

Date: September 24 2014

Posted by: Seva Phillips

At The Young Foundation, we believe that tackling disadvantage in the education system is key to addressing inequality. Our contribution in this area is the Young Academy – a programme for social ventures that work to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged young people. The Young Academy supports ventures in developing their ideas and business models and… → Read More

Five top tips for increasing social ventures’ impact

Date: | Posted by: Stuart Thomason

Date: September 10 2014

Posted by: Stuart Thomason

Our Accelerator programme supports ventures doing social good, and still delivers better commercial results than most conventional business incubators. Since the program, our 2012 intake had an average of 343% growth, over £75,000 worth of additional investment per venture, and the course delivered a 90% business survival rate. Stuart Thomason outlines five key ways we’re achieving these results. Firstly,… → Read More

Disruption? Yes, please!


Date: August 20 2014

Posted by: Stuart Thomason

Mia Bunge on disruptive innovation: What it is, and how The Young Foundation is using the disruptive approach for social impact.

Ambition is critical

Date: | Posted by: Tony Colville

Date: June 05 2014

Posted by: Tony Colville

As we hit 25,000 followers on twitter, Tony Colville, Partnerships lead at The Young Foundation, starts a monthly reflection on new partnerships, new programmes and plans for collaboration. For more on our new partnerships follow us @tony_colville @the_young_fdn If I ask my friends what they know of Swansea, the beautiful coastal town of South Wales,… → Read More

A revolutionary approach to solving urban challenges


Date: May 15 2014

Posted by: Tony Colville

The Young Foundation is working with  Innovate York on  GeniUS! Open  - an approach which aims to  revolutionise the way citizens and local organisations can propose ideas to solve social, economic and environmental problems in their city.   GeniUS! was developed by Science City York  and City of York Council.  It  is now being piloted  with… → Read More

How would you spend £4 billion?

Date: | Posted by: Claudia Elliot

Date: May 07 2014

Posted by: Claudia Elliot

The Young Foundation have worked with the BIG Lottery Fund on Realising Ambition, a project helping young people fulfil their potential; and Better By Design, which supports voluntary sector oragnisations in Scotland. To develop their priorities for the next six years, BIG are asking for your ideas on how £4 billion could best help communities. We encourage you… → Read More