The Tower Hamlets Communities Driving Change (CDC) programme was a new way of supporting communities to thrive, in a borough where health inequalities are rife. It imagined a new type of relationship between institutions and residents, and a change to who has control over local health and wellbeing priorities. It focused on working in an open way and moving away from traditional programme delivery models. This report explores our journey as a programme taking a ‘systems thinking’ approach, working to build strong relationships, equalising power, and continuously reflecting and learning. It covers CDC to pre-Covid and highlights the importance of working with all players of the system – individuals, groups, charities, service providers, local authorities and more to support communities.
Communities Driving Change: our journey to systemic change
The Young Foundation starts 2022 with a focus on collective energy. Helen Goulden reflects on the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Amplify Youth was a programme funded by Credit Suisse and delivered by The Young Foundation. We worked with young people aged 16-25 in challenging areas of East London, Dublin and Belfast. Our aim was to tackle the structural inequality experienced
The Tower Hamlets Communities Driving Change (CDC) programme supported residents to take action for improved health and wellbeing in their communities. It involved hearing about the issues which matter to them, co-designing and developing grassroots solutions, and connecting them with
In the summer of 2020, the Tower Hamlets Communities Driving Change (CDC) team at The Young Foundation came together with FutureGov to understand how communities were responding to the public health challenge of Covid-19. We explored how we could work
A report reflecting interviews, storytelling events, innovation workshops and creative research in Barking and Dagenham, 2018-2020
This handbook contains a collection of prompts, ideas and frameworks to help you think about opportunities for social action in your community. It aims to help you explore and discuss the things you love about the place you live, as
Designed and developed by the Young Foundation in partnership with communities, Amplify responds to the real, lived experiences of people and the communities in which they live and is based on the principles of listening deeply and treading carefully. Amplify connects people to take action together. It
As part of our work in Essex, the “Uttlesford Community Action Research – Community Action Zones” project took a strengths-based approach to understanding social isolation and loneliness; focusing on people’s social connections and networks, rather than assuming social deficit. Drawing
This report covers some highlights of our work from 2014-2017, when we made a strategic decision to focus on inequalities and direct all our work to challenging it.