I was recently asked at a conference entitled “Crisis for Youth” whether enough was being done to ensure that public money on services for young people is spent as effectively as possible. The question was clearly a leading one. But how do we best demonstrate impact and make the case for funding services that really... 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
Last week was Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). With it, came a torrent of statistics: the 50% of people who would like to start a business, the 5% who actually do. The rising youth unemployment and falling hopes. And an accompanying rush of activities: Workshops, challenge days, motivational speakers and Twitter trending. For the team at Enabling... Find out more
Historically, services for young people have been regarded as ‘self-evidently good.’ It is widely accepted that services can have a transformational impact on individual young people’s lives, and the youth sector can produce significant numbers of case studies and anecdotes to support this position. There is plenty of qualitative evidence that testifies to the impact... Find out more
This morning the Office for National Statistics published its first findings from the national wellbeing index. The prominence of this index marks a significant shift in the value we place on, and indeed the way we measure, social progress. This is an important first attempt at moving away from understanding social progress in material terms to take a broader account of the attributes that add up to life satisfaction.Find out more
Character counts in shaping lives for the better – so what can or should public services do about this? Character matters. That is the blunt message revealed by James Heckman’s work. The ability to be open to new ideas and to meeting new people, the willingness to express yourself, the degree of conscientiousness with which... Find out more
Government has high hopes in social finance (private finance that makes social as well as economic returns) to help preventative, innovative projects prove their potential. But will ‘Cinderella’ services go the social finance ball? Young Foundation analysis of the youth sector for the Catalyst Consortium reminds us that investment – even when it offers sub-commercial... Find out more
On a cold winter’s day, late in the afternoon, I am trying to persuade Asad to come along to emotional resilience training, called ‘Face Up’. The training is taking place in the Wealdstone Resource Centre, a community hub hosting a youth centre, medical centre and library. The centre is a few metres from where we... Find out more