Northern Ireland Assembly Minister, Mervyn Storey, has hailed the work the Young Foundation is undertaking to promote social innovation as an important contribution to establishing Northern Ireland as one of the UK’s leading high-growth, knowledge-based regions. Speaking in the Assembly, Mr Storey emphasised that the Northern Ireland Executive’s innovation strategy “recognises the importance of social innovation: new ways of doing things or altogether new things that deliver social benefit” and went on to put on record the NI Executive’s support for the Young Foundation’s work supporting “people across communities and sectors to come together to create the social innovations needed to deliver that change… giving people a sense of hope and a sense of place.”
The Young Foundation is currently working in partnership with the Northern Ireland Executive’s Department of Social Development to support organisations across the region to scale up their social innovations, broadening and deepening their social impact. You can read more about some of the innovations we are supporting here. This work is complimented by our wider Big Lottery funded Amplify NI programme building a movement for social innovation to address inequality in Norther Ireland.