Blagrave is committed to fostering a culture of continual development, learning and challenge.
Our news and blog section includes information about opportunities, meetings, internal learning, news in relation to our work, blog content from the staff team and commissioned posts on topics including power and accountability.
Ibrahim Salah is growing food in a nutritional desert.
The Social Change Atlas is mapping a world of possibilities.
Rehab, Jamal and Cherif are dismantling the UK’s cruel asylum housing system,...
On the streets of Brixton, Abdoul Lelo is leading a revolution in youth work.
“A safe place to be myself”: LGBTQ+ children are finding freedom at a...
Bethany Ellis is putting the care back into careers.
There’s no such thing as a ‘hard to reach’ child. You only...
Ali Ghaderi is building a new Babylon in central London.
Adjei Sun is building new worlds in which his community can grow.
Navigating the landscape of collaboration. Learning and Action for Blagrave
Jemmar Samuels is ending the collective punishment of prisoners’ children
Join Our Board, Hiring for a Finance Trustee Lead!
Are you our next Head of Partnerships and Influencing?
Join Our Board, Hiring for a Finance Trustee Lead!
In conversation with our new Chair of Trustees Segun Olowookere!
Diversity Data of our Trustees, Staff and Advisers
Paid opportunity for young people aged 18-25 to shape funding decisions in the...
Young people in the South East – regional research
Collaboration or POP! What I learned about collaboration from a trip to...
Jo Wells stands down as Director of Blagrave after nearly 10 years
Beyond the rhetoric: Provocations on power, voice and listening
Young Peoples Experiences During the COVID 19 Crisis
Losing Control or Taking Control ? of the funding system
Young people of today are the leaders of tomorrow, so why not let them lead?
Founding signatory to funder commitment on climate change
New analysis shows impact of inequality on young people in the South
Is influencing policy change a core part of your work? Should it be?
Amazing opportunity for young entrepreneurs to win £10,000
Welcoming our new Chair and a new trustee to Blagrave!
Power and vulnerability in the charity-funder relationship
The paralysis of power: How outdated structures are stifling foundations
Does business listen better than the social sector?
The Listening Fund: do we hear that it is time for change?
Policy solutions to problems facing young people in Hampshire
Why We Must Involve Young People In Decision-Making
New – Managing Challenging Behaviour online course
The next generation of charity governance – workshops 12, 13, 20 Nov
Why don’t we have more young people on charity trustee boards?
Expert training on enterprise for the youth sector
Why we need the energy, brains, imagination and talent of young people
Expert training for small charities in Southampton – FREE
Workshop on group dynamics: leadership, power and social change!
“Bad behaviour could be a cry for help” – a Fixers story
A Generation Together? Listening to young people’s views on Brexit
Social Power! Civil society to be bolder and braver
Grant reporting is broken: lessons from Blagrave experience
New! Practical tools for charities on impact measurement
New framework available for highly effective organisations
New resources for measuring the impact of open access youth work
Transitions to adulthood: a review of the literature
Outcomes measurement – in young people’s best interests?
Free new research and planning resource for charities
Funding available for small scale research projects
Voluntary roles at the Children In Need S&W committee
Learn to listen to young people…..learn to collaborate
Promoting educational equality – free conference, London, 27/2/18
The changing picture of poverty in the UK – why we need to act now
National Lottery Awards for All funding – new criteria
Exploring the Chairs role in Governance: free session for your Chair
Volunteer Committee opportunity – BBC Children in Need
Listening for Change – Two Sides of the Same Coin?
Great new leadership programme open for applications
Funding for young people interested in craft apprenticeships
Making Noise: children’s voices for positive change after sexual abuse
Young people’s voices needed for Government fostering stocktake
Connect 1-2-1 opportunity to explore leadership coaching
How can we manage young people’s expectations without crushing their dreams?
“Change is in our DNA” Julia Unwin launches Civil Society Futures
The Blagrave Trust supports a Portsmouth teenager to have a voice
At What Cost? Estimating the unit cost of service delivery
From a funder-centric to user-centric social sector
Young people’s participation – child sexual exploitation services
Is leadership development a priority in the 3rd sector?
Alarming numbers of trafficked children going missing from care
Childline reports online bullying counselling on increase
Exploring Trust: reflections on the ACF conference, 3/11/16, London
Graduate of Blagrave funded charity makes racecourse debut!
The Alexi Project – Evaluating a new model of tackling child sexual...
New evidence that learning outdoors has strong impact on engagement and...
What is effective youth mentoring and how do you measure it?
Opportunity for charities to get an understanding of leadership coaching and...
Blagrave partner Extratime uses funding to listen and respond to its key...
Where do the incentives for listening to service users come from?
Hard Edges, Report by Lankelly Chase on Multiple Deprivation
Blagrave and Comic Relief fund vital support for exploited children
Blagrave attends launch of the new Inspiring Impact tool – Measuring Up
Blagrave joins the Child Sexual Exploitation Funders Alliance
We produce learning to improve our practice and increase our accountability to our partners and the young people we serve. We are open and transparent with this learning hoping it can support and influence the wider sector.
The Opportunity Fund Final Report
Opportunity Fund Final Report
The Opportunity Fund – giving young people resources to explore and experiment! The Opportunity Fund sought to support young people (18-25) who were passionately campaigning for social change or had ideas for a social purpose enterprise, but did not have the resource or capacity to fully explore their potential – they couldn’t live rent free, take a gap year or rely on connections. But it took more than money – it needed time, connections, permission, and encouragement as well.
This report explores the insights and reflections from staff and partners involved in the second cohort of the opportunity fund and includes recommendations taking into account the learning across the whole lifetime of the fund.
Building a Youth-Led Fund: Learning and insights from the Challenge and Change Fund
History illuminates the capacity and courage of young people to drive positive change in the world, but for far too long their ideas have been restricted or constrained within the structures of the broader social sector. Power is often held by adult-led social purpose organisations - be they funders, charities, enterprises, or public bodies - that end up speaking on behalf of young people and controlling or containing their ideas about what change is needed and how to make it.
Challenge and Change set out to address this by moving decision-making power and resources to young people. It was intended as a youth-led fund dedicated to supporting the limitless energy of young campaigners who are affected by injustices and working tirelessly across England to create positive change. The fund’s charitable purpose is ‘advancement of citizenship’ .
Since the launch of Challenge and Change in 2020, many funders and social sector leads have reached out to Blagrave keen to understand the journey of the fund in its pilot year. This report has been produced by Blagrave and CfKE to share our learning with those working on, or interested in, supporting the development of youth-led funds.
This report seeks to capture both the deeper reflections that this fund has generated as well as some of the finer details of design, launch, implementation, and review. This includes honesty about what went well, what didn’t, and where there are further questions to reflect on.
Restart Youth Impact Learning
Restart Youth Impact Learning
This is the third in a series of internal Blagrave learning reports about Restart Youth. The first report covers the call out, applications received, and process of prioritisation. The second documents learning about intersectionality. This report summarises the learning from work that was funded, and tries to capture the impact of the funding.
It sits alongside an external report written by an independent evaluator, Mary Mulvey Oates, on the impact of work with young advisers.
Restart Youth Advisers Learning
Restart Youth Advisers Learning
This draft report was prepared for Blagrave Trust by Mary Mulvey-Oates. Interviews were conducted in June and July 2021, as part of an MSc Dissertation using a multiple case study approach to investigate factors that enable meaningful participation of young people in transformational grant making in England.
The report is labelled as draft as the full comparative analysis was not completed at the stage of writing.
Our Learning Journey Three Years On (2018-2021)
We commissioned a review of our work collated by independent consultant Jenny Ross based on individual interviews as well as a group learning session with 12 young people, to provide an overview of Blagrave’s learning journey over the last three years. It focuses predominantly on areas where Blagrave has changed its approach and launched new initiatives. In addition in some key areas it reflects on where Blagrave can strengthen its approach and what has been learned.
Do I Hear You?
As part of The Listening Fund, we commissioned Nusrat Faizullah to look at funders’ listening practices in England and Scotland – providing insight into who they engage with and how, and identifying where improvement is needed.
The Story of The Blagrave Trust (1981-2018)
We commissioned a review of our work by Richard Hopgood and Ben Cairns, based on interviews and desk research carried out by the authors and by Houda Davis and Christopher Mills, to narrate our history, with a particular focus on our recent evolution, what has been learned and what we are achieving. It is intended as a written legacy for trustees and staff and as a report for sharing with other Trusts and voluntary organisations interested in the approaches taken and insights gained.
Listening for Change
We collaborated with the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to research the relationships between funders and social purpose organisations. The report asks fundamental questions about how funders and the voluntary sector needs to build relationships of trust and evolve the funding system for the benefit of all.
Brain + Heart + Ears
Blagrave’s Director, Jo Wells, is the subject of this insightful profile from American thought leader, the Leap of Reason. The profile gives some background into Jo’s professional career and how she developed her commitment to listening to young people.
We fund research when we there is a gap in our knowledge or if we believe it would benefit our partners, the wider sector and/or the young people we are here to serve in relation to our mission.
Youth Labour Market Research
As part of our covid response we commissioned two pieces of research to support policy responses to the inevitable spike in youth unemployment:
A Better Future: Transforming jobs and skills for young people post-pandemic
by the Institute for Employment Studies and Institute for Public Policy Research, which studied likely post-pandemic growth industries, including the green economy, and provided recommendations on how to support young people to transition into them; and
Youth Employment 2030: Employment and prospects for young people in England post-Covid19
by ClearView Research, which surveyed and interviewed young people across England to understand the impact of the pandemic and the associated public health response on young people’s education and employment, and to ask those directly impacted what support they wanted to help them prosper.
Youth Led Change – Landscape and Possibilities
We commissioned a report from researchers Natasha Evans and Jim Coe to look at where and how young people are leading change on issues that affect them, and how we as funders might better support them to do so.
Left-Behind Areas – Blagrave Trust Analysis
In 2019, we funded analysis by OCSI of the impact on young people of living in six ‘left behind’ areas of the South. 5 out of 6 are in Hampshire. Results are startling.
Policy Solutions to Problems Facing Young People in Hampshire
In 2018, ‘Help us to move on’ addressed the problems facing young people in Hampshire and made recommendations for practical policy solutions. It was commissioned by the Blagrave Trust and carried out by the Southern Policy Centre team, working with a group of local young people as peer researchers with direct and recent experience of the issues their contemporaries face.
Young People’s Transition to Adult Services
We funded a literature review in 2018 to inform our thinking around our emerging policy work and as an information resource.
Principles for Working with Young People Who Experience Child Sexual Exploitation
We were one of a number of funders involved in the Alexi project – evaluating a new model of tackling child sexual exploitation across England. As part of the evaluation, a young person’s advisory panel pulled together 10 principles for working with young people from research with those who had experienced CSE. They have been made into a series of downloadable postcards, each with its own insightful message.
Missing Children Study
With our support ECPAT-UK published new research with Missing People into the extent of the issue of trafficked children going missing from care in November 2016. An update report Still in Harm’s Way: An update report on trafficked and unaccompanied children going missing from care in the UK was published in December 2018.
Outdoor Learning Study
In 2015, we brought together partners including the Institute of Outdoor Learning to ask: what do we know about the effectiveness of outdoor learning? What is its scale? What outcomes are organisations working towards? What is known about good practice?