Lessons from the Listening Fund (Part 2): Barriers to Listening

Over the past two years, the Centre for Youth Impact has been working with the funders and youth organisations involved in the Listening Fund, a collaborative effort to support organisations to listen and respond to young people – and make this the norm. The Centre is evaluating both the England and Scotland Fund, and this […]

Lessons from the Listening Fund (Part 1): Enablers for Listening

Over the past two years, the Centre for Youth Impact has been working with the funders and youth organisations involved in the Listening Fund, a collaborative effort to support organisations to listen and respond to young people – and make this the norm. The Centre is evaluating both the England and Scotland Fund, and this […]

A Listening Fund case study: Gendered Intelligence

The Listening Fund supports youth-focused organisations to develop their practice of listening toyoung people and responding to what they hear. The Centre for Youth Impact was commissioned to evaluate the Fund and as part of that evaluation, case study research was conducted with six partners, offering the opportunity for an in-depth investigation of their work. […]

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 […]