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
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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
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
Do you have experience listening to the people you exist to serve in order to improve what you do and how you do it? The Young Foundation have now launched an inquiry to explore the role of user voice and experience in social investment. With support from Big Society Capital and Barrow Cadbury Trust, we... Find out more
Amanda Hill-Dixon (The Young Foundation) and David Luckin (Co-op). In 2017 the Co-op, in partnership with The Young Foundation and Geolytix, set out to understand what ‘community wellbeing’ means to people across the UK. We did this to support the creation of an index of community wellbeing. The Co-op Community Wellbeing Index is the first... Find out more
Monica Nagore (The Young Foundation), Sophie Buchel (DRIFT) and Marie Nicole Soreville (DTI) On the 12th of November, the SIC partners – The Young Foundation, Social Innovation Lab and the Danish Technological Institute facilitated a breakout session during the SIC final event held in Seville. The aim of the session was to showcase and reflect... Find out more
On Monday 12th November, our Programme Manager for Communities, Isabel Young, attended the ‘Poverty in a Marmot City’ summit in Coventry. Here, she reflects on the key findings from the conference, and how Coventry, as an example of a Marmot city, can inspire us all. Working on the Tower Hamlets Communities Driving Change project... Find out more
Here in Bethnal Green, generations of researchers and innovators have been reflecting on the idea of community since Michael Young moved here to undertake the research that would become the foundations of Family and Kinship in East London.Find out more
In this guest blog, Jenny Richards, a member of the East London-based Grand Union Orchestra (GUO), talks about their approach to amplifying lesser-heard voices.Find out more
Funders are increasingly ‘turning to place’ as the answer to addressing inequality. This has become a particularly hot topic since the June 2016 referendum results, with concerns that certain communities are being left behind or ignored.Find out more
In this blog, Isabel Young, Programme Manager for Communities at The Young Foundation focuses on loneliness and social isolation as issues that can be tackled locally; tapping into the strengths, stories and motivations of people interested in developing community-led responses to foster to increasing social connections.Find out more