Upcoming Events

Understanding, Involving and Innovating with Communities: A Training Series

29 November 2021 - 1 December 2021

3.30PM - 5.30PM


Book your slot on The Young Foundation Summer School to learn how to understand, involve and innovate with your community. A three-part, six-hour training series in which you will begin to learn the extensive range of methods, tools and approaches for understanding, involving and innovating with your local community.

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We Keep Us Safe: In conversation with author Zach Norris

14 October 2021

5.30pm - 7pm


About this event 14th October, 5.30-7pm (UK) Set against the backdrop of the Institute for Community Studies’ landmark research agenda Safety in Numbers?, which last year unveiled safety to be the overwhelming number one concern for communities across the UK, join us this October for a lively virtual discussion around where safety and community meet.... Find out more

20 September 2021

1pm - 2.30pm


Join roundtable with the Institute for Community Studies to discuss the changes taking place in volunteering in community businesses About this event Community businesses help make places better in a real way. From saving local shops and creating leisure facilities to providing training opportunities for local people and helping to build affordable housing. Yet none... Find out more

Past Events

Visualising the Strength of London’s Communities

13 July 2021

11am - 4pm

Toynbee Hall, Zoom and on Twitter

As part of the GLA’s Festival of Ideas, the Young Foundation will be hosting a drop-in event at Toynbee Hall in East London on Tuesday 13th July 2021 between 11am-4pm. At this visual exhibition, we will be inviting visitors to explore the question “What makes London strong?” by sharing their thoughts and hearing what other Londoners... Find out more

How diverse is the social research profession?

1 July 2021



Join The Young Foundation and the Social Research Association at this free Zoom webinar to launch the report of their research into experiences of diversity and inclusion among UK social researchers. More than 900 researchers took part in an extensive survey on diversity and inclusion at work, followed by a qualitative study to gain deeper... Find out more

Webinar: Peer research in the UK policy context

27 May 2021

1pm - 2pm


In recent years there has been a growing interest in involving citizens and communities in the creation of public policy and the design and delivery of public services. Local governments and service providers have begun to recognise community members as experts in their own right, equipped with valuable lived experience and an inside understanding of... Find out more

Webinar: Re-building trust for the COVID decade

14 April 2021



This event is in the past. You can catch up by watching the recording here. Public trust in national government has declined over the last year, amid a perceived mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic across the UK. Britons have instead looked to experts and local leaders for information and advice about the virus, with trust... Find out more

The UpSwing

24 February 2021

5.30pm - 7pm

In Conversation with Robert Putnam, Shaylyn Romney Garrett & Special Guests February 24th 2021, 5.30pm-7.00pm GMT – online The Young Foundation and the Institute for Community Studies invite you to join the ‘poet laureate of civil society’ Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett to discuss their new book: The Upswing, How America Came Together a... Find out more

Nothing about us without us – User voice & lived experience in social investment

18 February 2020

8.30am (for 9am start) - 10.30

U+I, 7A Howick Place, London, SW1P 1DZ

Over the last three years there has been renewed momentum toward bringing the voices, perspectives and experiences of people, communities and beneficiaries of services closer to the source of decision-making and institutional sources of power – including social investment. With support from Big Society Capital and Barrow Cadbury Trust, the Young Foundation will be launching their new... Find out more

SOLD OUT: Thriving Together – The role of communities in uncertain times

15 October 2019

4pm - 7pm

Rich Mix Cinema, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA

Connected, thriving communities are the foundation of our society. They keep us safer, happier and healthier – more resilient and able to face shared challenges. In a time of national and global turbulence, the role and power of communities is evolving and taking on an ever greater importance. Our cities, towns and villages are increasingly... Find out more