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
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Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957
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
Unlike the four previous features in this series, this fifth profile does not follow the familiar journey of its predecessors: engagement in social enterprise at an early age. And unlike Kevin Davis, Mark Williamson is not juggling multiple balls in the air. His focus is on just the one enterprise, but by far the most... Find out more
How satisfied are you with your life? It’s a question we’ve probably all pondered at times. But for the last two years it’s also been one of a handful of new “subjective wellbeing” questions which the Office for National Statistics has been asking people all over the UK. You may be surprised to learn that... Find out more
Since the 2012 Olympics in London one year ago, British sporting dominance has miraculously continued. We have also had much talk of the Olympic legacy. Apart from our continued sporting prowess, has anything changed? It’s not altogether clear what we thought was going to happen. There’s been lots of talk of a more confident and... Find out more
The furore today around civility reminds me of my experiences recently on the Isle of Wight. There I found people got on remarkably well – indeed, I doubt anyone would have used their mobile phone at the checkout. Instead informal conversation oiled the wheels of community life. I was on the Isle of Wight to... Find out more
The Young Foundation team were at the Health Innovation Expo last week, where the Excel Centre was buzzing with thousands of people talking about how the NHS can innovate. So above all the noise, what really caught our attention? The model Dementia Village really captured the range of innovations being developed to help people with... Find out more
“Like a parent leaving a child” is how one senior mental health professional expressed his sadness of the end of Voluntary Service Overseas’s (VSO) Mental Health Programme in Sri Lanka. Today is 28 February 2013, and the room I am sitting in is full with mental health policymakers, professionals, service users, and us, a group... Find out more
“Who is going to employ me?” This was a common question that we heard from a number of men who are currently out of work. These men, aged 45 to 60, had demonstrable experience, had been the breadwinners for their families and in some cases had occupied managerial positions. Unsurprisingly, such uncertainty places a strain... Find out more
For the last three months The Young Foundation has been working with Mind to develop a programme targeting the mental health of older men who are out of work. Our goal was to work with them to discover the best ways to help build their resilience and reduce their risk of mental problems. As part of this... Find out more