In partnership with Battersea Arts Centre and with generous support from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, we’re pleased to be launching the Co-Creating Change Accelerator. Aimed at arts and cultural organisations with a track record of supporting social change, the accelerator is designed to enable initiatives to share, replicate and grow their work. Under the pressure... 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
The speed of Covid-19 spreading across the country and impact on UK society has turned our lives upside down. Whilst the pandemic is foremost a public health crisis, the Young Foundation is curious to understand how people across the country are dealing with this situation on a personal and community level. In order to find... Find out more
“Although this sudden decline in the disease was unexpected, the townspeople were in no hurry to celebrate. The preceding months, though they had increased their desire for liberation, had also taught them prudence and accustomed them to count less and less on a rapid end to the epidemic. However, this new development was the subject... Find out more
Building on our long heritage of seeking to understand and involve communities in issues that directly affect them, The Young Foundation has today launched a landmark programme of research, focussed on understanding what it really feels like to live in a society characterised by contagion and containment. As the pandemic spreads on a global scale, we... Find out more
Young Foundation launches UK-wide programme to understand the impact of Covid-19 on communities. The coronavirus Covid-19 is radically changing the way we go about our day-to-day lives. It’s shifting where we turn for help and support and how we interact with friends, family and neighbours. We are inviting you to participate in the largest UK... Find out more
In the fourth and final instalment of this blog series, we will be exploring communities of place in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. We will hear from Vicky Alvarez, local trader and activist, and Mirca Morera, Founder and Chair of a campaign very close to my heart – Save the Latin Village (SLV). For the past 16... Find out more
In the third instalment of this blog series, we will be exploring communities of faith in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. We will hear from my own dad, Richard Young – a Lay Minister at St Mary the Virgin Church in Witney, Oxfordshire, about the church’s response to the crisis. At the Young Foundation, we understand how churches and other faith institutions continue to play a vital role in promoting healthy communities across... Find out more
In my last blog post, we were introduced to the variety of incredible community responses to COVID-19 across the UK, including The Corona Cabaret, the first online global cabaret tackling isolation during the outbreak. In this blog, we dive deeper into the world of communities of identity, hearing from one its performers, activist Dan Glass about how he and the wider LGBTQI+ community are experiencing... Find out more
At the Young Foundation, our mission is to develop better connected and more sustainable communities across the UK. One of the main ways in which we achieve this is by building a shared body of evidence, tools and insight about how communities are taking action on the issues that affect them. In recent months, many communities in the UK and across the world have been experiencing changes and challenges as a result of COVID-19. In such uncertain... Find out more
As part of the Communities Driving Change (CDC) programme, The Young Foundation have been working to support locally-led initiatives to improve health and wellbeing in Tower Hamlets. With the neighbourhoods around Columbia Road identified as a key area of focus, in recent months this project has led to a more in-depth study of the Boundary... Find out more