About YPFs

What is a Young People’s Foundation?

A Young People’s Foundation (YPF) is a member-led charity comprised of organisations that work with children and young people in a local area including the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Each YPF adapts to meet the needs of the Children & Young People (CYP) sector in their local area, however they all share the same common values.

What does a YPF do?

1 Funding

YPFs make the local CYP voluntary sector a more viable prospect for external stakeholders to support.

They facilitate consortiums that fundraise collectively to:

Attract funding from new sources into the local area

Secure new contracts and grants from local/ central government

Attract corporate and individual funding opportunities

Raise funds from trusts and foundations to benefit their membership

Secure funding that can become a local Small Grants programme.

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2 Networks

YPFs build trust and broker relationships between organisations from different sectors to enhance the CYP provision in their local area:

Organise sector (and location) specific capacity building, including training events, advice sessions and forums for organisations to share ideas, challenges and best practice

Coordinate CYP sector specific networking opportunities and support services

Work with statutory partners to develop initiatives that can be supported by the voluntary sector

3 Space

YPFs maximise spaces available for local groups to use for activities for children and young people:

Share venue and delivery spaces within their network

Maintain the YPF Venue Bank of affordable and available spaces for member organisations

Quality check available venues and the organisations seeking to hire spaces

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4 Access

YPFs compile information about services in their local area and communicate it to relevant stakeholders:

Provide a single point of access for local young people and parents to understand what is available locally

Give their members access to a range of tailored support services including training, systems support and strengthening communications opportunities

Create access for external stakeholders such as funders, corporate organisations and MPs to information about local CYP organisations, services, structures and networks

YPF Statistics

Number of YPFs
Number of YPF Members
£19.3 million
Funding raised by YPFs since 2016

YPF movement Timeline

Timeline of the YPF Movement and establishment of the existing YPF's.

06 June 2014

Young Brent Foundation

First discussion about formation

08 October 2014

Young Brent Foundation

Cabinet Office made a grant to LB Brent to develop the Foundation

08 May 2015

Young Barnet Foundation

First meeting regarding the establishment of the Foundation

01 July 2015

Young Harrow Foundation

First meetings regarding the establishment of the Foundation.

16 September 2015

Young Harrow Foundation

The Foundation becomes a charity

14 October 2015

John Lyon’s Charity Board Awards Core Funding

Young Harrow Foundation, Young Brent Foundation and Young Barnet Foundation awarded core funding.

04 December 2015

Young Barnet Foundation

Becomes a charity

01 January 2016

First CEOs start work

In Barnet, Harrow and Brent

04 March 2016

Young Brent Foundation

Becomes a charity

03 May 2016

Young Manchester

Becomes a charity

09 February 2017

Young Ealing Foundation

Becomes a charity

22 February 2017

Young Hammersmith & Fulham Foundation

Becomes a charity

29 March 2017

Young Camden Foundation

Becomes a charity

19 September 2017

Young Westminster Foundation

Becomes a charity

03 September 2019

Young Kensington & Chelsea

Becomes a charity

12 September 2019

YPF Trust

Becomes a charity

29 October 2021

Dorset Youth Association

Joins the YPF network

17 December 2021

Young Medway

Joins the YPF network

HerE are our Young People's Foundations


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