The Listening Fund is launched

What is it?

The Listening Fund is a £900,000 fund designed to enable young people to have their say in shaping their own support services - capturing their voices and views. 

What will it do?

The Listening Fund will be shared across 22 youth-focused organisations in England and will promote creative mechanisms – from new technology and research, to board positions for young people - to make sure young people’s voices are heard.

The Fund will target young people facing various disadvantages, including those leaving care or experiencing homelessness, school exclusion, poor mental health and sexual exploitation and abuse.

Who is behind it?

It is a collaboration between the Big Lottery Fund, the Blagrave Trust, Comic Relief, and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and marks a shift in the treatment of young people, who have often been treated as part of a problem to be solved rather than a solution.

Young people across society today are facing huge challenges, from increasing youth unemployment to unaffordable housing. “We have got to learn to engage them, listen properly to what they say and value their views if we are going to develop and deliver the services they need to meet these challenges. That’s why the Listening Fund is so valuable.

Jeane Lowe, Centre 63:

The 22 organisations sharing the Listening Fund range from New Forest-based It’s Your Choice and the Kent Refugee Action Network to London’s Black Women’s Project, the national Prison Reform Trust and Centre 63 in Liverpool.

The Listening Fund
The Listening Fund

Find out more about The Listening Fund

We will share more about the Fund as work gets underway, and over the next two years. Partners and funders will be sharing what they have learned to encourage improvements in listening across the charitable sector.

A full list of funded partners, along with any news about the Fund will be posted on Blagrave Trust's website

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