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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

Meet the Tower Hamlets Communities Driving Change grantees: Cycle Saathi

Date: July 22 2021


We are halfway through our Communities Driving Change Grant Scheme, an initiative to make funding accessible for local residents to get their community projects off the ground. The Communities Driving Change programme is part of Tower Hamlets Council’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy. It is best described as a way of doing public health differently, one... Find out more

Research on Research: exploring diversity and inclusion in the social research profession

Date: July 01 2021

Posted by: Victoria Boelman


Today, in partnership with the Social Research Association (SRA), we are publishing the largest scale study to date of equality and diversity in the social research profession. ‘Research on research’ is always hard and turning a critical gaze on ourselves was inevitably going to be an uncomfortable experience. This research has thrown into even sharper... Find out more

Routes into Research? By Amelia Clayton

Date: July 01 2021

Posted by: Victoria Boelman


Amelia joined The Young Foundation through the Kickstart Scheme. Here she describes her experiences of finding her way into the research profession… Studying Sociology at university opened my eyes to the world of social research and gave me a glimpse into how we can ethically use research to make a positive change. All of a... Find out more

Embarking on a civic journey

Date: June 21 2021

Posted by: Victoria Boelman


Supporting young people in the 21st Century  Today, we are announcing a transformational two-year research project, with generous support from the National Citizen Service CIC. Rooted in a powerful belief in community activism, entrepreneurial spirit and the civic potential of young people, we will be working with Huddersfield and Sheffield Universities, to create a youth-led... Find out more

The Young Foundation to train 30 young people as peer researchers, through the Government’s Kickstart Scheme

Date: June 14 2021

Posted by: Victoria Boelman


We’re delighted to be partnering with Youth Futures Foundation and the Mohn Westlake Foundation to work with up to thirty young people, employed through the Kickstart Scheme to be trained as peer researchers. It’s a fantastic opportunity for a cohort of young people to gain access to employment which seeks to build confidence, skills and... Find out more

Understanding local patterns of volunteer activity during COVID-19: three ways to contribute your perspective to DCMS and The Young Foundation’s new research

Date: March 03 2021

Posted by: Victoria Boelman


Together with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), The Young Foundation is conducting new research to understand the various ways in which volunteers have been (and continue to be) active within local authority areas across England during the COVID-19 pandemic. This research will create a greater understanding of the ways in which... Find out more

Doc Brown’s Dream & The Launch of ARIA

Date: February 19 2021

Posted by: Helen Goulden

Today we saw the announcement of the long-awaited Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA), the new blue skies research agency to develop high-risk, high-reward technologies in the UK. As explained in the .gov website, ARIA will be “led by scientists who will have the freedom to identify and fund transformational science and technology at speed”.... Find out more