The Listening Fund and Covid-19

At the end of March 2020, Karl Wilding of NCVO spoke in stark terms to a DCMS select committee about the impact of Covid-19 on the charitable sector. Despite the Government’s subsequent measures of support for the sector, the potential funding shortfall means many charities could close and those that survive will most likely face […]

A visit to: The Change Foundation

Based on the South West fringes of London, The Change Foundation uses the power of sport to change the lives of marginalised young people in communities across the UK. Their programmes are open to young people who face a variety of challenges, from gang violence to a lack of education and employment opportunities, refining the […]

A visit to: The Foyer Federation

The Foyer Federation is a membership organisation for over 70 Foyers throughout the UK. Each Foyer offers homeless young people accommodation, personal development and employability support, providing tailored services for 16-25 year olds and asking in return that residents engage in their own development and make a positive contribution to the local community. The Federation […]

A visit to: Gendered Intelligence

For over a decade Gendered Intelligence (G.I.) has been working to increase understanding of gender diversity. They specialise in supporting young trans people and work both directly with the trans community and also with those who impact on trans lives – schools, colleges, universities and employers, providing awareness training and educational workshops. Their application to […]

A visit to: London Black Women’s Project

Established in the early 1980s, London Black Women’s Project (LBWP) supports black, minority ethnic and refugee women and their children fleeing domestic violence. They offer refuge accommodation as well as information, advice and counselling services which are made available not just to those staying in LBWP’s refuges, but to a much wider range of women […]

A visit to: Step by Step

Step by Step help young people facing challenges, including homelessness, by providing accommodation, specialised support services and personal development opportunities across six counties in the South of England. Understanding young people’s individual aspirations and helping them realise these goals is a key part of Step by Step’s work, but their listening culture and practices were […]

A visit to: Centre63

A visit to: Centre63 Centre63 is a youth centre just north of Liverpool city centre, serving the communities of Kirkby and Knowsley.  They provide both space and opportunities to young local residents: space where they can socialise, get a good meal and relax; opportunities to learn, express themselves and get support in making changes to […]

A visit to: The Prison Reform Trust

A visit to: the Prison Reform Trust The Prison Reform Trust (PRT) works with and for prisoners to create a just, humane and effective penal system.  Whilst the PRT has carefully built relationships with decision-makers at all levels, from prison governors to Secretaries of State, the organisation’s power lies in its relationships with those who […]

A visit to: Spark Inside

A visit to: Spark Inside Spark Inside believe in change and they believe in it wholeheartedly: that it is necessary, that is desirable, that it is achievable. They run two coaching programmes in prisons across London and the South East of England which encourage rehabilitation and reduce reoffending, and they also advocate for more social […]

A visit to: Become

A visit to: Become Founded in 1992, Become is a national charity which provides help, support and advice to young people in care and young care leavers.  In addition to working to improve the everyday lives of care-experienced young people, Become also works to improve the care system, helping young people to share their opinions […]