DCMS launches youth voice funding scheme

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is seeking proposals from organisations who have the capacity, expertise and capability to deliver a national youth voice programme with young people in England until end March 2020.  The deadline for applications is 3pm on Thursday 13 December 2018. Further details of the opportunity can be read […]

Supporting more young people to become trustees

Several of our Listening Fund partners are working towards increasing the role of young people in the governance of their organisations.  It isn’t always an easy process, and our partners are working with young people to determine what is the right set-up on a case-by-case basis.  They are all agreed, however, that if done well, […]

NPC release new paper on user involvement

New Philanthropy Capital have launched a new paper arguing that the sector needs to be clear about what they want to achieve with user involvement, and that they need to be better at measuring its impact.  It provides plenty of food for thought and can be downloaded here.

31% of Listen for Good grantees offering new services

The Center for Effective Philanthropy have released an excellent blog which demonstrates the impact that good listening practices can have on young people’s lives, empowering individuals whilst informing the design and delivery of better services.  You can read ‘When They Hear My Voice’ here.

Samworth Foundation launches new fund

The Samworth Foundation is launching ‘Young Voices’: a new fund which calls for organisations who place young people at the centre of their design, decision making and model of delivery to influence and effect change in the prevention of Sexual Exploitation. The fund launces on 3rd September, from which date you will be able to […]

Funders’ role in listening and voice

Faiza Khan, Director of Policy and Communications at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, has outlined the challenges facing funders in making ‘voice’ more central to their work, as well as highlighting the importance of ‘getting out of the way’. You can read the whole article here on the Third Sector website (subscription required).

Why lived experience is an asset, not a risk

In July, Mark Johnson of User Voice wrote an interesting article, arguing convincingly that lived experience should be seen as a reason to include individuals, not exclude them. You can read his opinion here.

Become share their five principles for listening

Become support children in care and young care leavers, and they’re passionate about listening to the young people they work with.  They recently posted a short blog on Medium.  It outlines their five principles for good listening and is a very helpful checklist for all organisations who want to improve their listening practice. Read it […]

The importance of young trustees

In England and Wales, less than 1% of trustees are aged 18-24. This lack of representation and diversity amongst boards means charities aren’t accessing a rich pool of expertise, passion and experience and are at risk of becoming irrelevant to the people they want to support. Takyiwa Danso speaks to three young trustees about their […]