Here at USE we like to share other interesting and enterprising companies and businesses with you so let us present The Young Foundation.
The Young Foundation are an organisation determined to make more positive social change happen, be it by reducing isolation and loneliness in older people, to helping struggling young people reach their full potential, their focus is on making communities better.
Established in 2005, they take their name from late social entrepreneur Michael Young, whose Institute for Community Studies established numerous social organisations including the Open University.
The Young Foundation conduct social observation and studies of communities, before helping and supporting social entrepreneurs in creating and developing new ways of improving the community. They provide business and financial support to those who would currently struggle to get funding in a traditional way.
They work with organisations who are looking to support social venture and coach them in understanding social investment. Finally they deliver training on a range of financial tools. Their expert teams are made up of people from a wide range of backgrounds, from banking to public sector workers and they strive to help those communities in need.
Just a brief overview of a couple of the success stories that the organisation currently support, Care4Care support lonely or vulnerable older people, who may be in need of a helping had or a bit of company, this locally based scheme builds stronger communities and supports people who may have few people to turn to.
Working Rite is another organisation that has been able to help a large number of people with the support from The Young Foundation. This organisation gives young people an opportunity to work for six months in a real workplace environment, equipping them with some of the skills necessary prior to undertaking full time work.They target young people who aren’t in education or employment and would possibly be overlooked.
Finally The Young Foundation have a lovely enterprising blog just like us, so you should really go and take a look. If you’re interested in social enterprise or have an idea you think they could help with, you should definitely check out their website, its full of interesting information and is a really worthwhile organisation.