Young People’s Foundations secure new Propel funding to strengthen youth work in North West London

A partnership of Young People’s Foundations (YPFs) in north-west London has secured a transformational grant through the Propel initiative, a long-term funding collaboration that gives capital’s civil society and communities the flexibility, trust and capacity to make long-term, systemic change in London.

The YPF project will invest in support and training for frontline youth workers who everyday work to provide life changing services for some of the capital’s most vulnerable young people.

Over the next three years Young Westminster Foundation, Young Camden Foundation, Young Harrow Foundation, Young Hammersmith and Fulham Foundation, Young K&C and Young Ealing Foundation will invest in vital skills, training and qualifications for youth and play service practitioners.

Youth workers in the six London boroughs will co-design the development of local professional support networks through which small grassroots organisations will be able to access vital training, develop their professional skills and gain new qualifications, and collaborate with their peers to better address the issues young people are facing. Ranging from mental health to youth violence and employment.

Helen Mann, CEO of Young Westminster Foundation said “we know that youth work has the power to transform young lives – but it relies on a workforce of skilled, appreciated and supported youth workers. We’re proud to be a part of the first cohort of grantees to receive funding through the Propel initiative to deliver this vital work to strengthen and invest in the great people and youth organisations we have in north-west London”.

The launch of the programme, co-produced by local youth workers in each of the boroughs, will take place in May 2023. Any youth organisations, youth workers or play practitioners interested in getting involved are encouraged to contact their local Young People’s Foundation. If you would like to know more about the partnership, contact Young Westminster Foundation at

Propel is powered by London Funders and are being supported by a growing list of funders, including Bloomberg, City Bridge Trust – the City of London Corporation’s charity funder – The National Lottery Community Fund, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and main advice funders, such as Trust for London, coordinated by London Legal Support Trust. More information about the Propel collaboration is available here.



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Young People’s Foundations are locally established cross-sector charities that work to sustain services for children and young people in a specific community. We are independent membership organisations open to any group that works with Children and Young People 0-25. Each YPF is different, working to a flexible model which is shaped by local needs and ambitions. We are growing the number of YPFs across England, building a network of local partnerships to bring together the public, private and voluntary sectors to create opportunities for young people.


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