Developing cross sector partnerships
Over the past year we worked on a number of research projects, in collaboration with other major sector bodies. These included a review of how funders could support the youth sector, with Children in Need, an exploration of youth social action, with Spirit of 2012, and an ongoing project into social action, with Clarion Housing.
We also worked on a research project with YoungMinds, due to be published in late 2021. This looks at the informal relationship between young people and youth workers, and the concept of the ‘trusted adult’. The project is informing the development of a tool to help youth workers spot the early signs of mental health concerns in young people.
We were part of a collective of cross-sector organisations that launched The Hope Collective, a legacy campaign inspired by Damilola Taylor. Together with The Damilola Taylor Trust, The National Citizens Service Trust, The Rio Ferdinand Foundation, and many others, the collective launched the inaugural annual ‘Day of Hope’ on the 7th December 2020. Led by a youth advisory group, the campaign also delivered a series of events challenging the negative narratives surrounding young people and serious violence.
Finally, we are delighted to be leading the #iwill movement, alongside Volunteering Matters. This follows a three-month competitive process, guided by young #iwill ambassadors, funders, and ‘Step Up To Serve’ trustees and staff. This cross-sector consortium aims to broaden the goals of #iwill, with a greater focus on reaching and supporting young people from low-income and ethnic minority backgrounds.