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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.
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Capacity Building in the Mental Health Sector – Myth or Reality?

Date: | Posted by: Dr Marcia Brophy

Date: March 11 2013

Posted by: Dr Marcia Brophy

“Like a parent leaving a child” is how one senior mental health professional expressed his sadness of the end of Voluntary Service Overseas’s (VSO) Mental Health Programme in Sri Lanka. Today is 28 February 2013, and the room I am sitting in is full with mental health policymakers, professionals, service users, and us, a group… → Read More

Who is going to employ me? Reflections on resilience interventions for older unemployed men

Date: February 27 2013

Posted by: Lucia Caistor-Arendar, Nina Mguni, Sara Thomas

“Who is going to employ me?” This was a common question that we heard from a number of men who are currently out of work. These men, aged 45 to 60, had demonstrable experience, had been the breadwinners for their families and in some cases had occupied managerial positions. Unsurprisingly, such uncertainty places a strain… → Read More

Resilience and Older Men: Meet John from Merthyr Tydfil

Date: | Posted by: Lucia Caistor-Arendar, Nina Mguni

Date: February 27 2013

Posted by: Lucia Caistor-Arendar, Nina Mguni

For the last three months The Young Foundation has been working with Mind to develop a programme targeting the mental health of older men who are out of work. Our goal was to work with them to discover the best ways to help build their resilience and reduce their risk of mental problems. As part of this… → Read More

Mind the Gap

Date: | Posted by: Neil Reeder

Date: February 26 2013

Posted by: Neil Reeder

Stronger ties between academic evaluators and social innovators would hugely benefit both sides, argues Young Foundation fellow Neil Reeder in a blog entry for the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Evaluation and assessment seems an unlikely topic for passionate debate. But as I found out in developing the recently published report “Strengthening Social Innovation in Europe:… → Read More

It’s getting to be a habit…but not quite yet

Date: | Posted by: Peter Gerry

Date: February 20 2013

Posted by: Peter Gerry

Today the latest set of statistics on obesity, physical activity and diet were released. They paint an all too familiar picture. Levels of obesity are rising, and levels of physical activity continue to decline – despite last summer’s sporting successes. The Young Foundation outlined many of these issues in our report Move It, released last… → Read More

Evidence-based Thinking

Date: | Posted by: Laura Dosanjh

Date: February 13 2013

Posted by: Laura Dosanjh

I was recently asked at a conference entitled “Crisis for Youth” whether enough was being done to ensure that public money on services for young people is spent as effectively as possible. The question was clearly a leading one. But how do we best demonstrate impact and make the case for funding services that really… → Read More