Sophie Hostick-Boakye

Programme Manager Team: Places and Communities

Sophie joined The Young Foundation in 2008 and specialises in community-based innovation and social change, combining community engagement, action research and service design.

Throughout her time at The Young Foundation, Sophie has worked on projects designed to overcome problems which have taxed communities, the public sector and voluntary organisations, and where fresh impetus is needed. Recent examples include:

  • Leading the redevelopment of Bounce Back Newham, working with children, educators and public sector staff to redesign educational resources to support 9- to 11-year-olds to increase their resilience.
  • A series of visual products to explore and bring to life Islington’s integrated care stories with Islington CCG. We Care Together: Maggie and Rose’s Story was the first creative output created with community social researchers, CCG staff and a designer.
  • Research into the state of digital social innovation in Northern Ireland and the potential for digital technology to be more widely used for the social good. The report, Turning up the Dial: Digital Social Innovation in Northern Ireland, highlights ways in which voluntary and community groups, the private and public sectors and high-tech experts can make this a reality.

Prior to joining The Young Foundation, Sophie worked for Humberside Police, as Hate Crime Coordinator and Research and Review Officer.

Sophie holds a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the University of Hull. She spends her spare time with her young family and enjoys sewing, knitting and crocheting.

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