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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

‘I welcome the rise in National Living Wage – but we must also support young people moving from education to employment’

Date: November 30 2021


What did National Living Wage Week deliver for those aged under 23? Chelsea McDonagh calls for greater support, and more diversity in the research sector. Like most people, I welcome the recent National Living Wage rise – but I am dismayed that those under the age of 23 do not qualify. Amidst proposed changes to student loan repayments – which... Find out more

‘Remote working brings new opportunities to reach a broader base of young people. Let’s enable that.’ 

Date: November 24 2021


Despite headlines and warnings, is virtual working all that bad? Helen Goulden counts the benefits, both for young people, and for organisations.   Earlier this year, The Young Foundation was approved as a Kickstart employer. As an independent research organisation with a keen interest in creating a more inclusive social research sector, it felt like a very tangible opportunity to recruit people... Find out more

‘Young people are not just the leaders of tomorrow, they are the changemakers of today.’

Date: November 23 2021


Dr Dayo Eseonu shares her optimism for a future shaped by dynamic and ambitious young people who want to improve society and the environment today. The COP26 youth march earlier this month saw thousands of young people skip school to demand action to address the climate crisis. Activists Vanessa Nakate, Greta Thunberg, and Xiye Bastida joined... Find out more

The Young Foundation announces new Peer Research Conference with a call for submissions

Date: November 12 2021


On 23-24 March 2022, The Young Foundation will host its first peer research conference, Hive. The conference will bring people involved in commissioning, delivering and responding to peer research together to discuss a range of issues facing the sector. Today’s call is an invitation to submit a presentation, other media, or roundtable idea. Conference streams... Find out more

‘We can all get involved in climate activism; everyone has something to contribute’ 

Date: November 09 2021


We need both technology and human partnerships to tackle the climate crisis, says Daze Aghaji – a 21-year-old activist, political candidate and student at Goldsmiths, University of London One of my earliest childhood memories is of standing in front of a tree outside my mum’s house. A tree surgeon was going to cut it down and... Find out more

‘Crisis drives innovation; now is the time to forge a new future’ 

Date: November 05 2021


This blog was written by Nicola Yates OBE, Chief Executive of Connected Places Catapult. Nicola is a judge for the Climate Challenge Cup competition. On 28 March 1979, the nuclear power plant at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, USA, went into partial meltdown, leaking radiation. Luckily, no one was hurt in the immediate incident – but the... Find out more

Getting beyond the ‘blah, blah, blah’: we need a new kind of climate activism 

Date: November 04 2021

Posted by: Helen Goulden


The cacophony of noise  as COP26 gathers pace tells us all we need to know about the critical nature of this conference.  But if we had really internalised the risks to our future, we’d have been consumed by nothing else since Rachel Carson wrote  Silent Spring in 1962. We’d be on the streets every day. Instead, we are mostly... Find out more

For ‘levelling up’ to have lasting impact, we must start by ‘levelling in’

Date: October 05 2021

Posted by: Lydia Ragoonanan


This blog was written by Lydia Ragoonanan, a senior associate leading the Inclusive Economy Partnership BOOST programme at The Young Foundation. This week, Michael Gove used his platform at the Conservative Party conference to pledge greater support for downtrodden regions of the UK.  “Levelling up means four things,” the minister for levelling up, housing and communities explained. “We will strengthen local leadership to drive real... Find out more