Our Innovation and Practice Team builds participation with people from diverse sectors to shape game-changing initiatives.
How we work and what we do
Our Innovation and Practice Team supports organisations and individuals to work reflectively, inclusively and collaboratively. Spotlighting often overlooked and implicit parts of a system, we work in partnership to curate visions and strategies tailored to our partners and clients, creating the unique conditions to nurture innovation, action and learning.Get in touch
Projects and programmes
The Young Academy Investment Fund launched in 2014 as a pilot social impact fund
The Community Knowledge Fund supports communities to play a stronger role in research and innovation.
As the National Lottery Heritage Fund awards 35 grants to drive innovation in the heritage sector, we’re supporting grantees to develop their ideas and skills.
A report by The Young Foundation’s Chief Executive, Helen Goulden, explores the role and value of community leadership – and suggests what’s needed to support it.
24 December 2020
In a borough where health inequalities are rife, this project imagined a new type of relationship between institutions and residents, shifting control over local health and wellbeing priorities.
23 December 2020
This programme supported residents in Tower Hamlets to take action for improved health and wellbeing in their communities, co-designing and developing grassroots solutions to enable real change.
5 July 2023
Commissioned by the Mayor of London, this report explores the needs of people accessing skills and employment services.
Our legacy of social innovation
The Young Foundation has a long and a proud history of community-led innovation, incubating more than 80 new organisations – including The Open University, The School for Social Entrepreneurs, Year Here, Social Innovation Exchange, and many others. We collaborate to understand, involve and innovate, and today, our Innovation and Practice Team works with people and organisations, linking research and innovation as connected processes.Find out more