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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

How relationships change the world and where to go with what we know

Date: | Posted by: David Robinson (LSE)

Date: February 06 2018

Posted by: David Robinson (LSE)

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“We network and transact now more than ever but meaningful time together is being systematically displaced by fast and shallow connections”. David Robinson, writes for us on how to make meaningful relationships the ‘central operating principle’ in the run-up to the launch of our Community Wellbeing Index in partnership with the Co-op UK and his forthcoming talk on this at LSE.

Here’s to creating a happier world!

Date: | Posted by: Helen Goulden

Date: January 25 2018

Posted by: Helen Goulden


Today we celebrate the spin out of Action for Happiness, the grassroots social movement of people taking action to increase wellbeing, launched and incubated by The Young Foundation. Our CEO, Helen Goulden on back on our long history of work to support happiness and wellbeing which we are continuing into the present day.

4 ways to foster community wellbeing

Date: | Posted by: Isabel Young

Date: September 04 2017

Posted by: Isabel Young


Last week, Programme Manager for Communities and Place, Isabel Young travelled to Nottingham to discuss what makes them feel well in their city. Here she provides four key reflections from the lively discussions that took place on the day.

Five ways to make the rhetoric of engagement a reality

Date: | Posted by: Alan Chen

Date: July 26 2017

Posted by: Alan Chen


            Our rallying call on what really constitutes meaningful ‘engagement’. Why is so important and how could it be done better, in the health sphere, but also more widely. This follows our CEO Glenys Thornton attending and speaking at Healthwatch England’s annual conference in Nottingham on the value of engagement. 

#YFWeekly Edition 2


Date: February 28 2017

Posted by: Alan Chen


Bringing you some highlights from across the three areas of our work; social innovation and investment, work with communities and research.

Future visions for health and social care

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Date: February 28 2017

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Last week, as part of our EU-funded SI DRIVE project, the Young Foundation opened its doors to experts on health and social care innovation from across the world in order to explore global goals for social innovation in health and social care and how can we build health systems for the future. Read some of the key takeaways from the meeting…

I’m a Cancer Tart


Date: March 17 2016

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Guest blog by Alan Quarterman, Member of the Macmillan Older People’s Taskforce.