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The first seven years – part 2

By |2015-04-14T09:23:11+00:00April 14th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

In our previous blog, we highlighted several findings from the research undertaken in recent years: Self confidence matters and our young people seem to be lacking the self-esteem which generates self confidence. We should expect more of all our young people and make them believe that they can achieve more at school and in life. Middle [...]

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Our first seven years – taking stock

By |2018-05-11T12:42:32+00:00March 30th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Progress Foundation has now been in existence for 7 years and we have given or committed grants of nearly £1 million. This seems like a good time to reflect on whether we have achieved what we set out to do – help young people reconnect with society. We have been working on some metrics which [...]

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The Winch – a case study in success

By |2015-03-05T20:46:09+00:00January 8th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

      Nearly four years ago, two PF trustees sat down with Paul Perkins, the articulate and thoughtful chief executive of the Winch, an inspirational youth centre in Swiss Cottage, Camden. There was no agenda – we were simply exploring whether there were any areas Paul was thinking about which might be of interest to [...]

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Guest blog from Connection at St Martin

By |2014-09-26T06:05:53+00:00July 18th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

One of the first recipients of our grant programme was Connection at St Martin, a charity which works with homeless people in Central London.  As our three year grant cycle to them has just come to an end, we asked them to summarise the impact of our grant in a guest blog.  Pip Hobby writes as [...]

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Learning from failure

By |2015-03-05T20:46:15+00:00April 29th, 2013|Categories: Enterprise, Measuring outcomes|Tags: , , |

Venturesome, the social investment arm of the Charities Aid Foundation, has recently posted a blog about failure - why it is important to recognise that it happens and to learn from it. We entirely endorse Venturesome's position on failure.  We set out to help people try new things.  In some cases these trials, accompanied by some [...]

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Can arts organisations measure outcomes?

By |2015-03-05T20:46:32+00:00October 25th, 2012|Categories: Measuring outcomes|Tags: , , , , , |

We are interested in helping young people to make a valuable contribution to society and one way to help them achieve this is by helping them into the world of work. We are always challenging the charities we work with to demonstrate that they are making a real difference to young people’s lives and prospects.  We [...]

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Projects

By |2019-03-16T16:30:16+00:00September 18th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This page shows some of the many projects and organisations we have supported over recent years.  More details can be found in our annual reports - the latest is available here and earlier years' accounts are available via the Charities Commission [...]

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Home

By |2019-04-30T16:21:17+00:00September 18th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

The deadline for applications for our 2019 grant round was 30 April 2019.  We will be considering applications received by this date at our May 2019 meeting and it is likely that all grant funds will be allocated at that meeting.  Our next grant round is likely to be at the same time next year [...]

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