Hannah, a research assistant at the Young Foundation, is about to run her first London Marathon. For the past few weeks she’s been waking up at 7am on a Saturday to the prospect of a 20-mile practice run. Quite frankly, the details I’ve heard over lunch about her punishing training schedule are enough to make... 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
In recent years I’ve asked hundreds of parents what they want above all for their children. Although their answers vary, nearly all of them say something like “I really just want them to be happy”. Happiness is the thing we want the most for the people we love the most. But the problem is that... Find out more
Spending time with people who have complex mental and physical health needs, I found that everyone I met had skills, aspirations and the desire to contribute to the communities in which they live. If they can’t always achieve what they hope or contribute as they wish, then it is because society disables them, says Victoria Boelman.... Find out more
The Young Foundation recently joined forces with the Arden Commissioning Support Unit in the West Midlands to develop and support local social ventures with an interest in solving some of the health service’s most intractable problems. These include such issues as obesity, support for the frail and elderly, effective management of long term conditions and... Find out more
The inspiration for the charity which Neil Mapes launched with his wife, Lucy Harding, in 2009 goes back a long way. In his childhood he saw the devastating effects that dementia can inflict on people because three of his four grandparents suffered from it – as did one of Lucy’s. It was this experience of... Find out more
Londoners actively celebrate the fact that we come from all corners of the world, and in the main, we “rub along” fine. But many of us come from places where people talk to each other on trains and buses, chat in every queue and waiting room and give and receive help from their neighbours as... Find out more
This letter was printed in The Times of London on October 30th, 2013. ‘We have become dangerously inactive, as technology and other modern conveniences have engineered physical activity out of daily life.’ Sir, The human body was designed to move. But in a very short period of time, we have become dangerously inactive, as technology... Find out more
Today at The Young Foundation we are quite literally jumping with excitement. Even our very own Chief Executive Simon Willis was up bright and early this morning to show off a few moves. Why? It’s all because today sees the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Commission on Physical Activity. We’ve long recognised there’s a staggering... Find out more
Since the launch of the Coalition Government’s White Paper Equity and Excellence – Liberating the NHS, which became an Act of Parliament in March 2012, the NHS has been in an unprecedented state of flux. Yet as the dust of structural re-organisation begins to settle there would appear to be light at the end of... Find out more
People’s daily experiences and concerns differ enormously around the world. While a farmer in Angola prays for a good harvest, a manager in Greece worries about losing her job. And while a mother in Egypt comes to terms with life in a conflict zone, a doctor in Denmark struggles with work-related stress. But there is... Find out more