The Young Foundation to partner with Ormeau Baths on social innovation in Belfast

Date: 27 November 2017

Ormeau Baths has announced a new partnership with social innovation and research pioneers The Young Foundation, which will also see the Foundation become residents at the Baths.

Mark Dowds, co-founder of Ormeau Baths, welcomes The Young Foundation’s Roger Warnock as the entrepreneurial hub’s social innovation partner.


Ormeau Baths is a collaborative entrepreneurial campus that helps the brightest and best indigenous tech start-ups gain access to new networks, funding and expertise and give them the tools to flourish in global markets.

The Young Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation based in London that finds new ways of tackling social problems by working alongside communities, using the tools of research and social innovation. A four-strong team from The Young Foundation will be taking one of Ormeau Baths’ upstairs offices, which will become the organisation’s base for its work across the island of Ireland.

That work includes Amplify NI, a major four-year initiative funded by the Big Lottery Fund, which supports people in Northern Ireland to take action together, to create fairer communities where everyone can thrive.

They have recently just launched Amplify Youth – a new adaptation of that programme which is backed by the Credit Suisse Foundation and is set to be rolled out over the next two years in London, Dublin and Belfast.

The Foundation has also been running a social innovation programme for Belfast City Council over the past year. The Young Foundation team has been working across four locations in Belfast developing new innovative ideas with local residents to tackle social issues in their communities.

Roger Warnock, Programme Lead for The Young Foundation in Ireland, said the ethos behind Ormeau Baths lines up with the Foundation’s determination to make positive social change happen.

“It is clear to us that the founders of Ormeau Baths understand the value of social inclusion in the way the place has been set up to maximise the sharing of collective knowledge for collaborative impact,” he said.

“As partner we will be there to support start-ups who are working on ‘tech for good’ and to encourage more corporates and SMEs to use technology as an enabler of social innovation and new ways to provide technology to those who have no access to it.”

Mark Dowds, co-founder of the Ormeau Baths, welcomed The Young Foundation as its official social innovation partner.

“We feel honoured to partner with the Young Foundation to help our members think through the social impact of their ventures and encourage them to include multiple bottom lines within their business plans that could lead to more social change and inclusion,” he said.


Notes to Editors:

About Ormeau Baths:

Ormeau Baths is collaborative shared co-working space and tech community-based in a Victorian-era listed building in Belfast, which aims to be a hub for the Northern Irish tech community. The project is being driven by entrepreneurs Jon Bradford, Mark Dowds, Aaron Taylor and Steve Pette with support from tech leaders from Northern Ireland’s digital diaspora, including FanDuel’s Nigel Eccles, Sarah Friar of Square and Tony Carson of Greenacre Capital. Barclays is a major partner in the space and will run its first Eagle Lab in Belfast at Ormeau Baths.

About The Young Foundation:

The Young Foundation confronts inequality by working with people to create the changes that will lead to more equal and resilient communities. We work alongside communities, using the tools of research, to understand how people experience inequality and their solutions, and social innovation, to find new ways of tackling social problems.