September 2020


November 2020

  • ‘Communities of Practice’ - Trauma informed practice seminar with Dr David Shemmings and Safer London

  • ‘Researching young people’s political identities’ practitioners seminar session

  • ‘Sense of Self’ - Emotional health and well-being session for women from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities

  • ‘Changing face of London’ data dive with Superhighways exploring how youth groups can use data more effectively

  • Young Londoners Fund – safeguarding for managers

January 2021

  • Mental Health Series (YLF) – 4 training sessions looking at attachment, trauma, signs and symptoms of mental illness with over 80 youth sector leaders

  • Participation Workers Network - a session with the Pan London Children in Care Council on what it means to be ‘Unapologetically Black’   

  • ‘Decolonising my School’ - as part of the Unapologetically Black Series, a seminar exploring resources and approaches to decolonise schools with 80 cross sector leads from schools, youth services and policy makers

  • ‘Understanding Trauma and Resilience within a Social Justice Context’ - as part of the Unapologetically Black programme for 100 practitioners

  • London Policy Network for 100 youth sector leads across London focusing on the impact of COVID19

March 2021

  • Minority within a Minority – seminar on working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Children and Young People as part of the Unapologetically Black programme on the impact of COVID19 on marginalised communities for 60 cross sector leads  

  • London Policy Network with 80 youth sector leads and public health on the impact of COVID19 on the youth sector and young people  

  • Participation Workers Network – creating a local offer for young people in the criminal justice system  

May 2021

  • Trauma Informed Practice series (YLF) for 180 youth sector leads looking at therapeutic and creative ways of working

  • London Peer Research Network - developing a pan-London Youth-Led Research Toolkit

  • Mental Health First Aid Training for 16 youth workers and young leaders

  • Participation Workers Network – roundtable with the National Care Review feeding in regional and local perspectives

  • Leaving Care Leads for London – worked with the GLA and other partners to facilitate the seminar on employment options for care leavers with Bart’s Health Trust  

  • Good Thinking, Digital Health Ambassadors – co-creation session facilitated a session for Good Thinking Platform  

  • Good Thinking Advisory Board meeting

July 2021

  • Young Londoners Fund Developing Young Leaders – seminar with 70 young people and youth sector lead on developing the next generation of young leaders

  • Gen Z Young Londoners Seminar - reviewing what it means to be Gen Z in London

  • Mental Health First Aid Training for 16 youth sector leads and young leaders

  • National Community Lotteries Grants Team for London - presented findings from Mapping Young London and also the Pan London Children in Care Council to the grants team for London and the South East

  • Leaving Care Leads for London –  event with the GLA and other partners on securing housing support for care leavers   

August 2020

  • Free transport means everything to me’ a review with 2000 young people on the impact of the suspension of the travel card

  • Pan London Youth Recovery Group meeting with London Youth to look at regional joint working

  • TikTok youth leads presented their work at Healthy London Partnership leadership programme to over 200 leads across local authorities and mental health services

  • Young people’s survey on Digital Poverty undertaken with Yorks & Humber, North East and North West with care experienced young people

  • Data on the impact of the suspension of the travel card on care experienced young people shared across London

  • Publication of the review of open access youth services

  • Everyone took time off

  • Zoe had her baby!

October 2020

December 2020

  • Youth Sector Data and Insight launch with Centre for Youth Impact and London Youth

  • ‘Unapologetically Black’ – workshops with young people facilitated with Children in Care Councils

  • ‘We are the Youth of Today’ report launched with the Museum of London collating the views of over 3000 young Londoners  

  • ‘Young people’s identity’ research gathering 400 young people’s views with Youth Focus North East and Youth Focus North West

  • Young Inspectors Training facilitated out to Participation Workers across London

  • Youth-led research network session hosted focusing on skills and accreditation for young researchers

  • 2 new members of staff recruited Chelsea McDonagh who will work on the ‘Unapologetically Me’ and Reece Lukeman who will support us with the Pan London Children in Care Council.   

February 2021

  • ‘Ordinary Me – Unapologetically Black’ seminar facilitated by young leaders focusing on race and identity with 45 young people

  • Peer Research Network for 45 youth sector leads focused on online tools

  • Pan London CiCC – working with a graphic artist to understand the impact of COVD19 with 50+ care experienced young people

  • ‘Understanding Vicarious Trauma and the resilience strategies for the youth sector’ as part of the Unapologetically Black programme with 80 youth sector leads

  • Practice Based Strategies for Developing Resilience with Black and Minoritised Young People for 98 youth sector leads

  • Participation Workers Network – facilitated a joint discussion with the GLA on the regional offer for care leavers  

  • Zoe came back to work! With baby ZiZi joining us on teams   

April 2021

  • Launch of the Mapping Young London and Gen Z Report

  • Mayoral roundtable with 160 young and Sadiq Khan on the manifesto pledges for Young Londoners

  • Systemic Youth Violence Session (YLF) with Young Ealing Foundation

  • Youth Work Bursary Scheme - launched two rounds of the for 80 practitioners funded by DCMS and supported by the NYA  

  • Participation Workers Network – meeting with Mark Riddle the National Lead for Care Leavers

June 2021

  • The ‘Big Conversation’ – information session with the GLA and Public Health England with 60 young people on the vaccine rollout to over 18s  

  • Mental Health Series - 3 training sessions on mental health and adverse childhood experiences with 150 youth sector organisations

  • Participation Workers Network – learning from refugees and asylum seekers, Youth research programme with CARAS

  • Good Thinking – Digital Health Ambassadors, Mental health Transformation board meeting, about the impact of covid-19 on mental health with GT, HPL and Public Health England. 

Impact Data

400 organisations registered for the policy network and over 180 people attended sessions in the last year

Policy Network Meetings

48 Weekly Updates to 500+ groups

12 Monthly Updates to over 600 organisations

Number of Weekly Updates

"This is just the sort of thing I wanted to get involved in, the girls are walking around like they own the place!"


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Case Study – Partnerships with Universities


What we have done this year includes:


  • Facilitated events and hosted lectures for students at the London Metropolitan University on equalities and intersectionality

  • Co-produced resources with the University of Huddersfield on the evidence and literature around Votes at 16

  • Established links with Imperial College on the evidence across Europe on Children and Young People’s frameworks

  • Contributed to the development board at George Williams YMCA College

  • Facilitated the paid internships scheme with Essex University

  • Developed links with LSE research department around policy and gender studies

  • Set up a youth research network with London Youth and the Centre for Youth Impact with Universities and front line groups

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  • Sheila McKechnie Foundation

  • The Media Trust

  • BBC Social Media team

  • Pan London Children in Care Council

  • The Money House

  • 12 London boroughs took part in the Children in Care Council Research

  • Schools x 4

  • Cultural Institutions including:

  • London Metropolitan Archives

  • Museum of London

  • Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Autograph Gallery

  • Stratford Circus  

  • 7 Universities including, University of Huddersfield, LSE, Wimbledon College of Art, Goldsmith University

  • London Metropolitan University


"How to put differently project aims to build funding applications. Where to go for support tools to evaluate the project outcomes."

"OveralI I feel extremely happy about being involved in the project because it gave me the courage to fight for my rights as a Black person and to know that it isn’t just me challenging stereotypes but others that care about these issues as much as I do. It was really good to be involved with the project because it shows me that I have the power to change things which I think are not right, and fight…"

Throughout the discussion-based workshop I began to gain a connection and passion for my hair that I’d never had before because I was able to learn about Black culture from before slavery and how things were before we were forced into a westernised image and stripped of our identity. I now live with a proud outlook on the heritage of my roots and have made a decision to continue growing my hair, styling my hair and telling people about the roots of my hair and where the first styles all began many years ago.

I will use it in my daily project work I have to create a Theory of Change one of new projects next week so I will definitely put my learning into practice

Event Data

Past Timelines

  • 2020 events timeline - please click here to download.

  • 2019 events timeline - please click here to download.