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
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Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957
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
Ryan Boyce interviews Hannah Davis. We met up at Sazzy and Fran Café in Bethnal Green for a fruity smoothie and got chatting about one of our latest projects, Amplify Barking & Dagenham. So, tell me about Amplify Barking & Dagenham? This is a community research and action project which is all about community cohesion in... Find out more
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
“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes” – Mark Twain. This year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Calouste Gulbenkian and I attended a small gathering at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation for the launch of ‘Mr Five Per Cent’ a brilliant biography on the man himself by Jonathan Conlin. The event was... Find out more
Our latest guest blogger Richard Derecki reflects on what an increasingly ‘cashless society’ means for those who rely on our generosity, and in-turn, what that means for our communities and how we interact. _______________________________________________________________________ Bundling my way down the Tube station stairs to squeeze myself onto an east bound District line train, I suddenly heard... Find out more
It’s been 20 months since The Young Foundation finalised its proposal for Reimagining Rent, which for many of us feels like yesterday. But did you know that twenty months is also the average length of a tenancy in the UK’s Private Rented Sector (PRS). When compared to an average of 11 years in Germany, this... Find out more
Monica Nagore (The Young Foundation), Sophie Buchel (DRIFT) and Marie Nicole Soreville (DTI) On the 12th of November, the SIC partners – The Young Foundation, Social Innovation Lab and the Danish Technological Institute facilitated a breakout session during the SIC final event held in Seville. The aim of the session was to showcase and reflect... Find out more
One year on from starting Reimagining Rent, we caught up with Maria Morgan from Kineara to find out about their progress since leaving our first cohort of participants, and how the programme has helped them develop their Rent Support Programme (RSP+), a new and upcoming venture aiming to reduce evictions for vulnerable tenants in the... Find out more
‘Are you from the income tax?’ asked a young Bangladeshi man, with his tongue only partly placed against his cheek, as I paused for a moment outside one of Brick Lane’s curry houses a few weeks ago. No, I laughed. Nevertheless, this encounter did make me reflect on why I might be perceived as some... Find out more