Traditional approaches to growth and regeneration have failed to benefit all parts of society, and we want to turn the tide of rising inequality using the assets of places and communities.

Our places work stimulates urban growth and regeneration through movement-based social innovation for the benefit of everyone.

We empower individuals and communities to:

  • Drive and own innovations which tackle inequality;
  • Create new partnership models between traditional public services, political leadership and the commercial and 3rd sectors, and
  • Build a movement of thousands committed to a positive future for the place they live and work.

Programmes are bespoke in order to address the specificities of each context, and built and designed with the people who know the place best. They will normally draw on key Young Foundation expertise such as:

  • Deep qualitative research led by local people;
  • Community engagement, partnership and movement building;
  • Capacity building through bespoke workshops for entrepreneurs, activists and businesses, and
  • Development of capacity and resilience in communities to discover, develop, implement, and scale innovations.

We work closely with local partners to implement our cities work and are currently working with a range of stakeholders in current projects in Northern Ireland, Wales, Leeds, Sheffield, Montreal and Barcelona.

You can read more about our approach in our draft methodology document: ‘Making Waves

Find out more by getting in touch with Nat Defriend, our Director of Communities and Places at