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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

Hear our stories! What happens when communities share their stories through film

Date: November 13 2019

 

‘‘[This process] has made me think about the importance of storytelling through video and the powerful impact you can make in a few minutes” Member of ParaPride Over the past two months, four London charities have experienced the process of Participatory Video (PV) at the Young Foundation. Members of ParaPride and the Black Heroes Foundation made... Find out more

Smart School Councils goes from strength to strength

Date: November 08 2019

Posted by: Sarah Faber

 

We are delighted to announce the conversion of our investment in Smart School Councils. Smart School Councils is one of 16 investments made by the Young Academy Investment Fund. The fund was established to reduce educational inequality through making social impact-led investments in early stage education ventures. Smart School Councils offers an online tool and... Find out more

Civic Muscle in a Climate Crisis

Date: September 27 2019

Posted by: Helen Goulden

 

Have you ever come across the idea of ‘hysterical strength’ – the extraordinary power that affords people ‘superhuman’ strength at times of extreme danger? We’ve all heard stories of people suddenly being able to lift cars and trees off squashed people, throw people out of danger or run for our lives – literally. These stories... Find out more

What is Participatory Video?

Date: August 09 2019

Posted by: Jana Tauschinski

 

Participatory Video with Four London Charities with support from the People’s Postcode Trust “Participatory Video leaves people with a greater sense of who they are and how they can interact with the rest of the world. It is a very powerful medium because getting people to tell their own stories is more powerful than having... Find out more

What’s a home?

Date: August 05 2019

Posted by: Helen Goulden

 

In April this year, with support from Charlie Leadbeater, Jennie Winhall, U+I, Anna Minton, Josh-Ryan Collins, Linda Leslie, Tessa Gooding and Kathy Evans, The Young Foundation hosted New Perspectives, a gathering of 100 people which explored some of the key, systemic challenges within the housing sector. A compilation of essays and case studies: New Perspectives... Find out more

The Boundary Estate: A community approach to change?

Date: July 18 2019

Posted by: Isabelle Carter

 

As part of the Communities Driving Change (CDC) programme, The Young Foundation have been working to support locally-led initiatives to improve health and wellbeing in Tower Hamlets. With the neighbourhoods around Columbia Road identified as a key area of focus, in recent months this project has led to a more in-depth study of the Boundary... Find out more

Nothing about us without us

Date: July 04 2019

Posted by: Helen Goulden, Sarah Faber

 

Do you have experience listening to the people you exist to serve in order to improve what you do and how you do it? The Young Foundation have now launched an inquiry to explore the role of user voice and experience in social investment. With support from Big Society Capital and Barrow Cadbury Trust, we... Find out more

The Community Wellbeing Index: people, place and relationships

Date: April 10 2019

Posted by: Amanda Hill-Dixon, Guest Blogger

 

Amanda Hill-Dixon (The Young Foundation) and David Luckin (Co-op). In 2017 the Co-op, in partnership with The Young Foundation and Geolytix, set out to understand what ‘community wellbeing’ means to people across the UK. We did this to support the creation of an index of community wellbeing. The Co-op Community Wellbeing Index is the first... Find out more