The inspiration for the charity which Neil Mapes launched with his wife, Lucy Harding, in 2009 goes back a long way. In his childhood he saw the devastating effects that dementia can inflict on people because three of his four grandparents suffered from it – as did one of Lucy’s. It was this experience of... Find out more
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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
Londoners actively celebrate the fact that we come from all corners of the world, and in the main, we “rub along” fine. But many of us come from places where people talk to each other on trains and buses, chat in every queue and waiting room and give and receive help from their neighbours as... Find out more
This letter was printed in The Times of London on October 30th, 2013. ‘We have become dangerously inactive, as technology and other modern conveniences have engineered physical activity out of daily life.’ Sir, The human body was designed to move. But in a very short period of time, we have become dangerously inactive, as technology... Find out more
Today at The Young Foundation we are quite literally jumping with excitement. Even our very own Chief Executive Simon Willis was up bright and early this morning to show off a few moves. Why? It’s all because today sees the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Commission on Physical Activity. We’ve long recognised there’s a staggering... Find out more
Since the launch of the Coalition Government’s White Paper Equity and Excellence – Liberating the NHS, which became an Act of Parliament in March 2012, the NHS has been in an unprecedented state of flux. Yet as the dust of structural re-organisation begins to settle there would appear to be light at the end of... Find out more
People’s daily experiences and concerns differ enormously around the world. While a farmer in Angola prays for a good harvest, a manager in Greece worries about losing her job. And while a mother in Egypt comes to terms with life in a conflict zone, a doctor in Denmark struggles with work-related stress. But there is... Find out more
Unlike the four previous features in this series, this fifth profile does not follow the familiar journey of its predecessors: engagement in social enterprise at an early age. And unlike Kevin Davis, Mark Williamson is not juggling multiple balls in the air. His focus is on just the one enterprise, but by far the most... Find out more
How satisfied are you with your life? It’s a question we’ve probably all pondered at times. But for the last two years it’s also been one of a handful of new “subjective wellbeing” questions which the Office for National Statistics has been asking people all over the UK. You may be surprised to learn that... Find out more
Since the 2012 Olympics in London one year ago, British sporting dominance has miraculously continued. We have also had much talk of the Olympic legacy. Apart from our continued sporting prowess, has anything changed? It’s not altogether clear what we thought was going to happen. There’s been lots of talk of a more confident and... Find out more
The furore today around civility reminds me of my experiences recently on the Isle of Wight. There I found people got on remarkably well – indeed, I doubt anyone would have used their mobile phone at the checkout. Instead informal conversation oiled the wheels of community life. I was on the Isle of Wight to... Find out more