YFN Impact Report: Winter 2015

Between September and December last year, the Young Funding Network held two events supporting seven early-stage organisations to drive social change in innovative ways. Here is a brief summary of what they were able to achieve with your help: 

Cracked It:

CrackedIt trained 40 at-risk young people in London through their employability programme. The young people learned to repair cracked smartphone screens, with 89% reporting that they saw it as a credible income stream. Around 90% of the young people have either continued their repair enterprises outside of the scheme or secured apprenticeships using their newly developed skills.

Kitchenette Karts:

YFN funding allowed Kitchenette Karts to run a pilot programme, recruiting five unemployed young people facing barriers to work. They completed work placements and training with top food traders including Wild Game Co, Luardos, Kimchinary, The Good Egg Two of the young people went on to work in restaurants. Following the success of the pilot, Kitchenette Karts was able to leverage £30,000 through an online crowdfunding campaign and won £15,000 from the Mayor’s Crowdfunding Competition.

Deeds:

Deeds matches young design professionals with community groups and social enterprises in need of their skills. So far, they’ve engaged 28 young professionals who have successfully completed design briefs for five clients. Two of the designers have continued to work with one of the clients long-term. Through connections made at the YFN event, Deeds gained volunteer support amounting to 100 hours and counting, benefitted from pro-bono support and leveraged a further £5,000 grant.

The Middle Ground:

The Middle Ground transforms underused properties into active community spaces in disadvantaged areas. Funding from YFN was used to develop two new spaces in London and make them fit for use by the local community. Both venues have been used to host activities such as yoga and homework clubs which were made freely available to people living in the local area. As a result of the YFN event, The Middle Ground leveraged £1,000 of further funding to help them continue to support the communities they work with.

Reaching Higher:

Reaching Higher sought funding for Full Circle – a mentoring and life skills programme for young people leaving care, aiming to equip them with independent living skills.  17 young people took part in a series of cooking sessions; all of the young people said they were more confident in preparing and cooking meals independently and felt more encouraged to cook balanced and nutritional meals. Following the event several RBS employees got involved with Reaching Higher, offering mentoring opportunities to the young people.

Flamingo Foundation:

Flamingo Foundation received support for the project Styleability, aiming to make fashion accessible for young disabled adults. Since receiving YFN funding, Styleability has delivered 14 workshops (a 100% increase on the previous year) three of which were directly funded by YFN. The workshops have helped more than 400 young disabled adults to overcome the challenges they identified in finding appropriate clothing and being able to dress/undress independently. In addition to funding the workshops, YFN support contributed to improving the project’s social media and measurement and evaluation tools. Flamingo Foundation was able to leverage a further £1,000 of funding for the project as a result of the improved measurement and evaluation.

Charis Coaching:

Charis Coaching sought funding to deliver career coaching workshops for women affected by domestic abuse. So far they have delivered one two-part workshop for 15 women and will deliver another in January 2017. The women taking part in the workshop reported that they felt more hopeful about their futures and more confident in the direction of their lives, and that they had gained useful skills for their careers and personal lives. 

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