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Programme Manager – Innovation

We are looking for an entrepreneurial Programme Manager to join our growing innovation team, managing our flagship housing innovation programme Reimagining Rent.

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Amplify: Voices and actions in places

Print date: April 2018

Print date: April 2018

Designed and developed by the Young Foundation in partnership with communities, Amplify responds to the real, lived experiences of people and the communities in which they live and is based on the principles of listening deeply and treading carefully. Amplify connects people to take action together. It combines research, community engagement and action to spark new ideas for tackling the key challenges faced by  communities…. → Read More

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Uttlesford Community Action Zones Report

Print date: April 2018

Author: Isabel Young

Print date: April 2018

Author: Isabel Young

As part of our work in Essex The Uttlesford Community Action Research; Community Action Zones project took a strengths-based approach to understanding social isolation and loneliness; focusing on people’s social connections and networks, rather than assuming social deficit. Drawing on our deep experience of working with communities across the UK, we worked with local partners… → Read More

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Realising Ambition Programme Insights: Issue 11

Print date: February 2018

Print date: February 2018

‘Wrong’ answers, right response: learning from randomised controlled trials when you don’t get the results you were hoping for

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Spring has sprung and our latest Young Academy cohort has begun

We’re pleased to welcome 12 new initiatives to the Young Academy, our accelerator programme for early-stage social ventures that tackle educational inequalities. We launched the Young Academy in 2014 to provide specialist business incubation support and investment capital to social ventures whose work improves educational outcomes for disadvantaged young people. Our approach is to reduce… → Read More

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Meet Helena Trippe, CEO of RentSquare

Meet Helena Trippe, CEO of RentSquare, one of the seven ventures on the first cohort of our Reimagining Rent programme which is supporting innovations working to make the private rented sector work better for vulnerable people. We talk with Helena about what inspired her to start RentSquare how the Reimagining Rent programme is helping them… → Read More

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SIC webinar: Supporting communities’ voices: the power of ethnographic, participatory and peer research

Date: 8 May 2018
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Venue: Online webinar

Date: 8 May 2018

Time: 11:00 - 12:00

Venue: Online webinar

Join The Young Foundation and Ideas for Change for an informal introduction to ethnographic, participatory and peer research methods and share your experiences and stories of ways to support communities’ voices. If you want to share your own experience or are looking for new ways to engage with the people you work with that aren’t top… → Read More

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The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Heroes live among us. In literature, film, activism, politics. From Greek myths to Star Wars, our attraction to heroic endeavour is deep within every culture; deep within our psyche. It pervades most of our modern day story-telling. We demand a story with a human face. We love to journey with them through adversity; sharing in their agonies and rejoicing in their triumphs.

 
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The Changing Face of Business & Civil Society

It’s been interesting to see the Government’s Civil Society ‘Listening Project’ taking such a broad view of civil society – which is described as all those outside of the public sector who share the mission of building a strong society and improving lives, regardless of traditional sector boundaries.

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Supporting community voices: the power of participatory and peer research

Community-led innovation has experienced significant growth and support in the past few years. Social Innovation Community (SIC) reflects this in its community-led innovation network – a group of people across Europe dedicated to developing and disseminating community-led innovation tools, methods and ideas.

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Unravelling the spiral of debt

High Cost Credit is a key element of the Poverty Premium. Its grossly unjust and means that people on low incomes pay far more for everyday good and services than those who are better off. Our Head of Communications Lucie Russell talks about our recent High Cost Credit research in Wales on the day Michael Sheen’s High Cost Credit Alliance launches and we become members.