The Listening Fund (England) Partners

Where we work

Our partners work across England.

Map of Listening Fund Partners in England

What we do

Become (charity for children in care and young care leavers) Logo
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:

The Become Ideas and Input Council will embed the voices of young people deeper into the charity’s governance framework and ensure that young people are at the heart of decision making. Young people who are part of Become’s Policy Advisory Group will meaningfully contribute to policy and develop young person led campaigns.

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

 

Their Listening Fund project:

Carefree will work in partnership with Cornwall Council, as the Corporate Parent of the young people we work with, and Research in Practice as an external partner, to understand, through the voices of young people themselves, what genuine participation means within the context of young people in and leaving care.  The intention is twofold; to improve the way that young people in and leaving care in Cornwall are heard and how that influences the work of the sector, and to create a model of ‘what works’ to share with other organisations, including other local authorities and Corporate Parenting boards.

CASY (Counselling and Support for Young People) Logo
CASY (Counselling and Support for Young People) is a children’s charity working to improve the emotional and mental health of young people aged 6 to 25. Last year CASY supported 1,800 young people providing almost 16,000 hours of counselling support. They work across the East Midlands in schools and community venues.

 

Their Listening Fund project:

The project will support CASY in developing effective ways of listening to service users and developing services more in line with their expectations. It will also build a mental health network built around information sharing and collaboration.

Centre 63 Logo
Centre 63 has been working in and serving the community of Kirkby for almost 55 years. The Centre houses several needs led projects and aims to be the first-choice provider in Kirkby and the wider Borough of Knowsley delivering high quality Informal and Community Education.

 

Their Listening Fund project:

Centre 63 will undertake and complete an action research project: “Making it better for boys”.  They will go deep into the Kirkby and Knowsley community to ascertain how they can improve, modify and adapt services to engage hard to reach young men, to listen to their stories, and to support them to recognise/achieve their full potential and increase their social mobility.

Drive Forward Logo
The Drive Forward Foundation exists to serve vulnerable young people leaving care in London, unlocking potential, broadening horizons, breaking down barriers and creating new routes to employment for one of society’s most neglected and socially excluded groups. The Foundation wants to empower more care leavers to become engaged and productive members of society.

 

Their Listening Fund project:

The Foundation is developing its Ambassador network of initiatives. This includes a robust policy forum made up of 5-10 committed Ambassadors, regularly meeting with and listening to the concerns and salient issues of our young people leaving the care system and effectively communicating these issues to decision makers in order to drive policy change.

Gendered Intelligence (understanding gender diversity in creative ways) Logo
Gendered Intelligence is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to increase understandings of gender diversity and to improve the lives of trans people, and young trans people in particular.

 

Their Listening Fund project:

Gendered Intelligence aims to increase the voices of young people in the organisation and to implement systems in order that representatives of their young community contribute to key decisions made across the organisation.

Investing in Children logo
Investing in Children is a children’s rights organisation which supports children and young people to engage in dialogue with agencies in order to achieve change.

 

Their Listening Fund project:

Their project will focus on gaining a better understanding of why some agencies are more open to dialogue than others, and possible strategies to address this.

It's Your Choice Logo
It’s Your Choice responds to the emotional health and well-being needs of young people through targeted case work support for those experiencing difficult social or economic circumstances.

 

Their Listening Fund project:

Their aim is to embed the genuine and meaningful participation of young people in everything the charity does – strategically and operationally.

Just For Kids Logo
Just for Kids Law (JFKL) provides client-led support, advice and legal services to disadvantaged children and young people in London and pushes for nationwide systemic change through strategic litigation and policy and public affairs work. The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) pushes for full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It merged into JfKL in 2015.

 

Their Listening Fund project:

JFKL is planning to scale up its work on school exclusions. Their project will ensure that children and young people with direct experience of school exclusion (and from disproportionately affected groups) are integral to the development of this area of work including the development of our policy calls.

Kran Logo
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 want to prioritise and amplify the voice of young people, in the services they receive locally, the wider narrative about them through social media, and within decision making and delivery at KRAN. Through creating Youth Advocates they want to develop self-organised and empowered refugee and asylum seeking young people who can make a difference in the local community.

Leap - Confronting Conflict - Logo
Leap Confronting Conflict provides inspirational conflict management training and support for young people and the adults working with them. Their vision is one in which all young people in conflict have routes to positive support that can transform their opportunities.

 

Their Listening Fund project:

The project will support a full-time post within their Programme Innovation team, with a youth voice focus. This role will engage young people more deeply, pilot new forms of listening practice, apply these to their action research and share this learning with the wider sector.

London Black Women's Project
LBWP is a women’s organisation dedicated to addressing all forms of gender-based violence. They deliver services, develop resources and undertake research and policy work to address root causes of violence against women. Their aim is to create a world free from violence.

 

Their Listening Fund project:

LBWP want to create participation opportunities for young women and girls where they fundamentally address power dynamics through empowerment-based approaches. These include governance through the set-up of young women and girls’ panels, participation activities where young women and girls lead, and through voice creation where young women and girls see visible representations of themselves through participation.

Prison Reform Trust Logo
The Prison Reform Trust (PRT) is a small UK-wide registered charity with a strong track record of achieving policy and practice change. Their overarching aims are to reduce the use of prison, to improve conditions for prisoners and to promote equality and human rights in the criminal justice system.

 

Their Listening Fund project:

Their project is a user-led initiative with 18-24 year old prisoners, driven by peers and delivered with a peer researcher; seeking understanding of experiences of imprisonment to drive system change.

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

 

Their Listening Fund project:

Spark Inside will pilot boards/committees in three prisons and Young Offenders Institutions, gathering qualitative and quantitative evidence on their effectiveness and impact. This will include testing out the idea of having Spark Inside ‘champions’ within each prison/Young Offenders Institute, who are empowered to become a ‘lead’ voice to encourage other young people to engage, and/or to influence other stakeholders in the prison.

Step by Step Logo
Step by Step is a youth charity that supports 11-25 year olds who are experiencing hard times. They take a unique Step by Step approach, providing accommodation, personal development opportunities, and specialist support services. Their approach helps young people to identify and fulfil their aspirations.

 

Their Listening Fund project:

To recruit a Change Maker to work directly with young people across the different Step by Step services. The post-holder will create new feedback mechanisms so that the organisation can directly shape new and existing services based on the young peoples’ needs and wants. The role will give the resources required to be able to effectively listen to young people, implement feedback and inform young people of how their views have been acted on.

Beatfreeks Logo
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:

In 2017, Beatfreeks set out to use the power of their collective to drive forward a mission: capture insight from one of the most elusive, sophisticated, fluid demographics; young people. Capturing the thoughts and opinions of young people in Birmingham aged 14 – 25 through a collection of surveys, focus groups and Beatfreeks own from insight working with thousands of young people since the start of 2013, Brum Youth Trends is a pioneering and flagship report for the city which gains authentic insight on what young people think, want and need and then shares this data with the city’s policy makers, institutions and businesses to inspire change.

The Change Foundation Logo
The Change Foundation is an award-winning charity which uses sport and dance to create transformational change in young people. They have been delivering and designing sport for social change initiatives for 37 years across 30 different countries.

 

Their Listening Fund project:

Reverse Mentoring Programme – this is a process designed to ensure the senior team of the charity keep young people at the heart of decision making. Senior staff are assigned a young person as a mentor and discuss their objectives and organisational ambition in mentoring sessions and then feedback to the board of trustees about the young person’s view on their performance.

The Foyer Federation Logo
The Foyer Federation supports and promotes a network of Foyers, to provide a positive induction to adulthood for young people experiencing homelessness and other challenges.

 

Their Listening Fund project:

To develop a national youth advisory team made up of Foyer residents who can gather the views of the Foyer population, of over 7,000 young people.

The Magdalene Group Logo
The Magdalene Group offers a variety of front-line projects, aimed at raising awareness and preventing the sexual exploitation of women and young people.

 

Their Listening Fund project:

Working with their young people’s service which supports those that are victims of or at risk of child sexual exploitation or go missing from home and care, the Magdalene Group will be exploring technology options for gaining feedback from young people, as well as gaining feedback in creative informal methods and looking at more robust cycles to implement this feedback.

The Mix Logo
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 are going to work with young people to co-create and implement a public facing listening hub for 11-25-year olds that collates and presents quantitative data (drawn from their services) and qualitative (opinions, feedback, actions and voice) to allow young people to campaign and advocate for change around the issues which affect them.

Trelya Logo
Trelya is an organisation embedded in the community working with children, young people and families. They find and reach out to the most disengaged, offering interventions which can break the generational cycle of social exclusion.

 

Their Listening Fund project:

‘Pass the Mic’ is an initiative which will influence change by enabling young people to collaborate with local services, using young people’s ideas and reflections to challenge and remove the barriers to service engagement.

Youth Access Logo
Youth Access is the national membership organisation for a UK-wide network of 188 Youth Information, Advice and Counselling Services (YIACS). Their vision is that all young people have somewhere to turn to, and someone to talk to, wherever and whenever they are in need.

 

Their Listening Fund project:

Their Listening Fund project: As part of developing an accreditation scheme aimed at making services accountable to young people for the way they deliver against a new charter for young person-centred services, Youth Access will develop, test and refine robust and effective methods of gathering feedback from young service users.