Our Partners

Our Partners

The second phase of The Listening Fund is continuing to make grants to improve how young people are listened to and to deepen organisations’ and systems’ accountability to those they seek to serve. Further details of those we’ve partnered with through our grants can be found below.

Learning from Phase Two

The following blogs, tools and reports capture what’s been learnt so far.

  • Deepening Listening

  • Deepening Listening

    We are funding nine of our partners from the first phase for another three years to support them to deepen their listening practice and expertise. As part of this funding, we are providing some additional resources to each partner so they can share what they learn with us and the wider sector.

    About

    BECOME is a national charity providing help, support and advice to children in care and young care leavers so they can unleash their potential and take control of their lives.
    Their vision is that children who spend time in care have equal chances to lead a happy and fulfilling life to those who are raised in their birth families.

    their listening fund project

    BECOME are developing a new participation framework that gives young people greater control over their engagement and diversifies who the organisation listens to and works with. They will do this by creating a larger pool of young people – The BECOME Community – and then establishing groups within the community in which young people can work collaboratively on issues of importance to them.

    About

    CAREFREE works with young people aged 11-25 who are in or leaving care. Their aim is to give young people the chance to do things for themselves and others.

    their listening fund project

    CAREFREE are embedding young people into both their internal and external work: establishing a shadow board to deepen young people’s involvement in the organisation; and supporting young people to be heard externally – leading training of external professionals in how to better listen to young people’s needs, wants and ideas, and being active in national policy forums and discussions.
    For me, the most important part of the work is that the negative experiences I used to hide away inside myself have now become something positive that I can use to help other young people change their lives.

    LEAP graduate and young trainer, LEAP Confronting Conflict

    About

    LEAP CONFRONTING CONFLICT is a charity with over thirty years’ experience delivering programmes to transform the way conflict is managed by young people and the adults who support them.

    their listening fund project

    LEAP aim to expand their production practice, incorporating co-production into LEAP’s governance and sub-commitees, establishing a cross-organisation co-production group with key stakeholder and providing co-production training to all adult professionals they work with. They are also planning to develop an evaluation framework to increase their understanding of longer term impacts of listening and co-production on young people’s skills and capabilities.

    About

    GENDERED INTELLIGENCE is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to increase understandings of gender diversity and to improve the lives of trans poeple in particular.

    their listening fund project

    GENDERED INTELLIGENCE aim to continue to give greater agency to young people by experimenting with different ways of working between the youth board and trustees; improving how they feedback to all young people who use their services; and considering how to improve the diversity of their youth board, specifically by age.

    About

    KENT REFUGEE ACTION NETWORK (KRAN) aims to enable refugee and asylum seeking young people to live fulfilled and independent lives. They have been established in East Kent for 15 years and offer a range of activities from learning for life provision to advocacy and support, mentoring and community engagement activities.

    their listening fund project

    KRAN aim to appoint two youth envoys to identify and amplify the voice of their youth forum. They will represent the forum internally as well as externally with social services, the police, Kent County Council and policy makers.
    When you feel like no one is listening to you and no one cares you start to resent the world, but the Spark Inside coaches made me feel heard and understood and helped me see the world in a different light. I’ve left prison for the last time and I’m not going back.

    Participant of the Hero’s Journey, Spark Inside, a partner of The Listening Fund

    Participant of the Hero’s Journey, Spark Inside,

    About

    SPARK INSIDE is pioneering the use of professional coaching in prisons. They provide individual and group caoching programmes in prisons across London and the South East, which tackle violence, improve te prison environment and reduce reoffending.

    their listening fund project

    SPARK INSIDE aims to set up twenty-one in-prison Advisery boards, helping to ensure that young people’s experiences inform the operation of the criminal justice system nationwide. They will also look to develop their services in the community and work with these groups to explore ways the organisation can platform youth voice in media campaigns to influence policy and affect wider systems change.

    About

    THE FOYER FEDERATION supports and promotes a network of foyers, to provide a positive induction to adulthood for yound people experiencing homelessness and other challenges.

    their listening fund project

    THE FOYER FEDERATION aim to challenge existing systems that limit people within their organisation. They want to do this by investing in three forms of listening: embedding direct listening to young people at the federation; supporting better listening at member organisations; and creating then supporting a group of young people to represent young people in the federation, informing strategy and ways of working.

    About

    THE MIX supports young people with everything from money to mental health, from homelessness to jobs, from break-ups to drugs, whenever and however they need it. They do this through the engagement and participation of young people, bringing experts, young people their peers, and near-to-peers together to generate content develop digital tools and create communities, movements and campaigns to change lives.

    their listening fund project

    THE MIX want to build on the success of their work in the first phase of the Listening Fund by extending the number of data sources for their youth-facing data hub and then expanding its use to encourage and support social action by young people, as well as further shaping the Mix’s own services.

    About

    Free Radical is an art activism platform giving young people space, mentally, digitally, and physically, to tell stories about themselves and the world. Free radical is part of the Beatfreeks collective, a group of companies using creativity for good in the heart of Birmingham.

    their listening fund project

    Beatfreaks aim to better integrate their youth steering committee with their formal board and further redistribute power to young people in their community.  Beatfreaks also hope to develop their youth trends research commissioning more young writers, artists, and researchers in the creation of future insight reports.  
    There’s no point of shouting about Birmingham being 40% under 25 if our youth have no future

    Young Person, Brum Youth Trends 2017, via Beatfreeks

  • Youth leadership

  • Youth Leadership

    The Listening Fund’s advisers have been working with us to design a strategy for further grant-making. After months of discussion and reflection, they have decided to prioritise investing in youth leadership. You can read more about what they want to fund by looking at their call-out for applications  and successful partners will be listed here.

  • Grassroots

  • Grassroots

    Our advisers are keen to invest in innovation and not just make grants to ‘the usual suspects’. Later in 2022, we will therefore be opening a funding round focused on youth leadership in grassroots organisations. Click here to register your interest in further information.

Deepening Listening

We are funding nine of our partners from the first phase for another three years to support them to deepen their listening practice and expertise. As part of this funding, we are providing some additional resources to each partner so they can share what they learn with us and the wider sector.

About

BECOME is a national charity providing help, support and advice to children in care and young care leavers so they can unleash their potential and take control of their lives.
Their vision is that children who spend time in care have equal chances to lead a happy and fulfilling life to those who are raised in their birth families.

their listening fund project

BECOME are developing a new participation framework that gives young people greater control over their engagement and diversifies who the organisation listens to and works with. They will do this by creating a larger pool of young people – The BECOME Community – and then establishing groups within the community in which young people can work collaboratively on issues of importance to them.

About

CAREFREE works with young people aged 11-25 who are in or leaving care. Their aim is to give young people the chance to do things for themselves and others.

their listening fund project

CAREFREE are embedding young people into both their internal and external work: establishing a shadow board to deepen young people’s involvement in the organisation; and supporting young people to be heard externally – leading training of external professionals in how to better listen to young people’s needs, wants and ideas, and being active in national policy forums and discussions.
For me, the most important part of the work is that the negative experiences I used to hide away inside myself have now become something positive that I can use to help other young people change their lives.

LEAP graduate and young trainer, LEAP Confronting Conflict

About

LEAP CONFRONTING CONFLICT is a charity with over thirty years’ experience delivering programmes to transform the way conflict is managed by young people and the adults who support them.

their listening fund project

LEAP aim to expand their production practice, incorporating co-production into LEAP’s governance and sub-commitees, establishing a cross-organisation co-production group with key stakeholder and providing co-production training to all adult professionals they work with. They are also planning to develop an evaluation framework to increase their understanding of longer term impacts of listening and co-production on young people’s skills and capabilities.

About

GENDERED INTELLIGENCE is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to increase understandings of gender diversity and to improve the lives of trans poeple in particular.

their listening fund project

GENDERED INTELLIGENCE aim to continue to give greater agency to young people by experimenting with different ways of working between the youth board and trustees; improving how they feedback to all young people who use their services; and considering how to improve the diversity of their youth board, specifically by age.

About

KENT REFUGEE ACTION NETWORK (KRAN) aims to enable refugee and asylum seeking young people to live fulfilled and independent lives. They have been established in East Kent for 15 years and offer a range of activities from learning for life provision to advocacy and support, mentoring and community engagement activities.

their listening fund project

KRAN aim to appoint two youth envoys to identify and amplify the voice of their youth forum. They will represent the forum internally as well as externally with social services, the police, Kent County Council and policy makers.
When you feel like no one is listening to you and no one cares you start to resent the world, but the Spark Inside coaches made me feel heard and understood and helped me see the world in a different light. I’ve left prison for the last time and I’m not going back.

Participant of the Hero’s Journey, Spark Inside, a partner of The Listening Fund

Participant of the Hero’s Journey, Spark Inside,

About

SPARK INSIDE is pioneering the use of professional coaching in prisons. They provide individual and group caoching programmes in prisons across London and the South East, which tackle violence, improve te prison environment and reduce reoffending.

their listening fund project

SPARK INSIDE aims to set up twenty-one in-prison Advisery boards, helping to ensure that young people’s experiences inform the operation of the criminal justice system nationwide. They will also look to develop their services in the community and work with these groups to explore ways the organisation can platform youth voice in media campaigns to influence policy and affect wider systems change.

About

THE FOYER FEDERATION supports and promotes a network of foyers, to provide a positive induction to adulthood for yound people experiencing homelessness and other challenges.

their listening fund project

THE FOYER FEDERATION aim to challenge existing systems that limit people within their organisation. They want to do this by investing in three forms of listening: embedding direct listening to young people at the federation; supporting better listening at member organisations; and creating then supporting a group of young people to represent young people in the federation, informing strategy and ways of working.

About

THE MIX supports young people with everything from money to mental health, from homelessness to jobs, from break-ups to drugs, whenever and however they need it. They do this through the engagement and participation of young people, bringing experts, young people their peers, and near-to-peers together to generate content develop digital tools and create communities, movements and campaigns to change lives.

their listening fund project

THE MIX want to build on the success of their work in the first phase of the Listening Fund by extending the number of data sources for their youth-facing data hub and then expanding its use to encourage and support social action by young people, as well as further shaping the Mix’s own services.

About

Free Radical is an art activism platform giving young people space, mentally, digitally, and physically, to tell stories about themselves and the world. Free radical is part of the Beatfreeks collective, a group of companies using creativity for good in the heart of Birmingham.

their listening fund project

Beatfreaks aim to better integrate their youth steering committee with their formal board and further redistribute power to young people in their community.  Beatfreaks also hope to develop their youth trends research commissioning more young writers, artists, and researchers in the creation of future insight reports.  
There’s no point of shouting about Birmingham being 40% under 25 if our youth have no future

Young Person, Brum Youth Trends 2017, via Beatfreeks

Youth Leadership

The Listening Fund’s advisers have been working with us to design a strategy for further grant-making. After months of discussion and reflection, they have decided to prioritise investing in youth leadership. You can read more about what they want to fund by looking at their call-out for applications  and successful partners will be listed here.

Grassroots

Our advisers are keen to invest in innovation and not just make grants to ‘the usual suspects’. Later in 2022, we will therefore be opening a funding round focused on youth leadership in grassroots organisations. Click here to register your interest in further information.