It’s been a year since I took over as CEO at Young Westminster Foundation and what a busy year it’s been.
As the network of Young People’s Foundations across the UK grows, so does our work in Westminster! We have committed to not only build upon our work to date but to continue to seek out funding and opportunities to support new projects and young people locally. This can be seen through the creation of a Young Carers project, the new Level Up Youth Work programme to strengthen youth work across North West London and an increase in the number of grants we have awarded.
Our commitment to listen and respond directly to the needs of those growing up in Westminster also continues with the publication of our third needs analysis report, Our City, Our Future 2023.
Working alongside the YWF community we will be embedding the calls to action from this research over the coming years. I look forward to collaborating with you in making Westminster an even better place to grow up in over the coming year.
CEO, Young Westminster Foundation
Highlight of the Year 2022/23
In 2022/23 Cllr Hamza Taouzzale became the youngest Lord Mayor of Westminster, and made YWF his Charity of the Year for 2022/23. Having grown up in Church Street, he has been involved with the Foundation since its inception, following serving as the Youth MP for Westminster in 2016 and then undertaking an internship with YWF in 2017.
Throughout the year, we worked closely together to use the platform of the mayoralty to raise the voice of young people from diverse communities across the City of Westminster and champion the role of youth workers. Together we hosted fundraising events for our Brighter Futures Fund to increase investment for youth clubs and projects. We will continue to work with Hamza as our Patron in support of young people and youth workers across our city.
“The Young Westminster Foundation is in its 6th year of supporting Westminster’s great communities and young people; amplifying their potential and the contribution they can make. I am proud, as a Patron, to keep on representing the charity for many years to come.”
-Cllr Hamza Taouzzale
Helping youth clubs and organisations to thrive through funding, training, partnerships, knowledge and research.
How we work with our members
As a membership organisation, we focus on supporting our members to be the best they can be through training, information sharing, advice, networks, research and advocacy.
Our members are local organisations who work passionately to enrich the lives of Westminster’s 54 000+ under 25s. From large youth clubs and local grassroots charities to specialist groups supporting young carers, young people facing homelessness and young people with disabilities. The types of provisions offered by our members include employability, personal development, youth voice, sports, wellbeing, creative arts and more.
We bring together youth organisations, young people, businesses, Westminster City Council, government, schools, funders and the wider community.
How we work with our partners
Since 2017 we have built partnerships with over 200+ organisations in Westminster. We work in collaboration with partners to create opportunities (funding, space, advice, training, project delivery and in-kind donations ) for both members and young people.
Local organisations work together to design and deliver solutions to some of London’s greatest challenges including life plans, health and wellbeing, community and spaces, youth voice and social action through networking events and specialist commissioned programmes.
Surveyed reported working more collaboratively with members and partners due to YWF support
YWF partnered with Westminster’s iconic National Gallery to host a free workshop of immersive art, creativity and community on Trafalgar Square before welcoming 200 members, partners and young people alongside special guest HRH Princess Beatrice to celebrate our fifth anniversary.
“As a gallery for all, giving young people an opportunity to have their voices heard, both about art and through art, is central to the National Gallery’s mission. I was delighted that we were able to work in partnership with young people from the Young Westminster Foundation as part of our summer festival, Summer on the Square, encouraging other young people to engage with art.”
Head of Learning and National Programmes, National Gallery
YWF have worked with specialist member Unfold to strengthen the specialist partnerships in the borough in support of young refugees and asylum seekers and their families.
“Unfold had been providing support to young asylum seekers and their families for around a year, and we were aware of the challenges in drawing in support from other organisations with valuable services to offer. With support from Westminster City Council, we were able to partially fund the role of an Outreach and Coordination Officer with a specific responsibility for people seeking asylum in hotels providing temporary accommodation. As part of this, we set up regular monthly coordination meetings, co-developing Terms of Reference with participants from across the YWF membership. This is a space where all organisations with an interest in supporting young asylum seekers and their families can share information about their services and develop a deeper understanding of the context and how to engage. We now have regular participation of around eight organisations, and it’s proved to be a great space for learning and collaboration. As a result, we’ve seen young asylum seekers supported to access sports activities and social and emotional services, with a good number of organisations setting up new strands of services. We’ve had specialists providing briefings on modern slavery, the hostile environment and rights and entitlements of asylum seekers, which has strengthened the capacity of all participants.”
Generating long term investment for brighter futures in Westminster
How we distribute funding
In 2022/23 we have given out a total of £1,470,770 in funding to our members. This was through Westminster Brighter Futures grants, Helping Hands grants, the Holiday Activities and Food Programme, Westminster City Council’s Half Term Activity Fund and through commissioned projects to support young carers, young people’s mental health, their employability and transitions into secondary school.
Given out through the Brighter Futures Fund, Helping Hands and the Holiday Activities and Food Programme
Top 5 Brighter Futures Funders
In 2022/23, the biggest funders for YWF’s grant-giving have been Westminster City Council, St Giles and St George, Shaftesbury Capital, Eyre Estate, and John Lyon’s Charity.
Listening, learning and sharing
How we share knowledge
We work hard to sustain ourselves as a resilient, informed, go-to organisation for local expertise and knowledge. The YWF community seeks to advance borough-wide, and hyper local knowledge of the needs of young people in Westminster through conducting regular research and commissioned projects.
Through continued listening, learning and collaboration with our YWF community we will continue to secure resources, build relationships and maintain quality delivery of programmes for the benefit of young people in Westminster.
Summarised Income & Expenditure
|TOTAL FUNDS (£)||161,071||112,031||196,370||353,163||143,153|
Thank You from Brian
All that we do, and the positive impact we aim to bring to the lives of Westminster’s young people, is made possible by a unique collaboration of individuals and organisations from across the Young Westminster community.
Thank you to our members, partners and funders who help grow and sustain the fantastic offer of projects and programmes for under 25’s in the borough. And most importantly this year, thank you to our peer researchers and all the young people who shared their views to help shape the future of services in our city.