The Listening Fund (England)

Young people
Existing collaboration

Aims and activities

Aims and questions

The Listening Fund is an England-wide partnership which aims to make the youth sector more accountable to those it exists to serve: young people.

The first phase of The Listening Fund in England ran from 2018 to 2020 and focused on supporting change in adult-led organisations, by investing in improvements to their listening policies, practices and cultures.

The second phase of The Listening Fund, launched in 2021, will continue to support some adult-led organisations but it will also more directly empower young people. A group of paid young advisers will have significant influence on the Fund, including designing a strategy and recommending decisions for a large, discrete pot of funding. We want this funding to invest in the work that young people prioritise and we are open to challenging our thinking about traditional grant-making strategies, processes and recipients.

We use as much of the time as possible to focus on bigger questions. Where does this work fit into the sector? How is it influencing us? Where can we collectively exert influence?

Edd Fry
Listening Fund Project Manager, Blagrave Trust

How to get involved

To find out more, contact Edd Fry at the Blagrave Trust.

Who's involved

The Listening Fund (England) is supported by the Blagrave Trust, Children in Need, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Tudor Trust. It is being managed by the Blagrave Trust.

An equivalent fund in Scotland is managed by Corra Foundation.

Learning and Resources

The first phase of the fund was evaluated by the Centre for Youth Impact. A series of learning reports and case studies are available here.

The Fund has also collated a range of other resources related to listening and the work it supports.

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