We actively seek out a small number of diverse organisations each year and provide unrestricted grants or social investment. We have invested over £3,000,000 since 2011.
Through the ZING Forum and broader network we connect our partners with a wide range of expertise, other funders and other collaborative youth-oriented organisations.
ZING provides digital technology advice and select services to our partners, the broader youth charity network, and funders.
We currently focus on early stage organisations who have a sustainable and collaborative approach to working with young people in their transition between education and the workplace. They are innovative in their income generation, keep overheads in check, and rigorously measure their outcomes.
To provide investment, connections and access to technology expertise to early stage youth impact organisations with a proven business model and with whom we find a strong connection.
To be a collaborative, powerful and positive force for good in helping young people realise their potential.
We strongly believe that solving systemic societal challenges for young people can only be achieved by building trusted relationships with our partners, fellow funders and network in the private and public sectors. These trusted friends include: Unleashing Potential, Yoti, The Berkeley Partnership, Impetus PEF, ACF, London Funders, NPC, Blagrave Trust and Dulverton Trust
With NPC and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, ZING co-funded research on how digital could be used to support youth experiencing multiple disadvantages: My best life: Priorities for digital technology in the youth sector.
We understand that COVID-19 will have an impact on the charities we fund, those contacting us for support, and to civil society groups more generally. We have signed the Funder Statement of COVID-19, and are committed to being flexible and as helpful as possible during the coming weeks and months.
We believe that with better information, grantmakers can be more effective and strategic decision-makers. 360Giving provides support for grantmakers to publish their grants data openly, to understand their data, and to use the data to create online tools that make grant-making more effective. For more information, visit 360Giving. You can find a list of our grants here (GrantNav), and our 360Giving Insights dashboard here.
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Robin and Chris enter the world 11 days and 200 yards apart
Robin and Chris combine forces to set up a Foundation and agree to 'buy' themselves 5 years worth of learning
Foundation is named ZING and registered with Charity Commission
First grants made to Greenhouse and HOPE HIV
The inaugural ZING Forum takes place
Key open source software partnership with CiviCRM commences
Not-for-profit Tech Consultancy, Unleashing Potential, is launched
ZING celebrates its 5th birthday and £2,000,000 of investment
All historic grants data first published to 360 Giving
Strategic Review undertaken and ZING transitions to early stage seed funding typically of collaborative and digital initiatives
Time-bound Unleashing Potential closes its doors and ZING joins the third sector Digital Transformation 'movement'
ZING reaches £3 million in investment since founding
Robin and Chris are lifelong friends. Having been to school, gone to youth group, travelled and shared a house together they often talked about 'giving back'. Robin's successful entrepreneurial career and Chris's learnings from working with several corporate foundations as part of his management consultancy career made this possible, so they combined forces in 2009 and created ZING. Both are passionate about creating opportunities for young people to achieve their potential in life and share a desire to bring scalable web and mobile technologies to the not-for-profit sector. So in 2011 Simon came on board as our CST "Chief Software Tinkerer" and has led the charge on all things non-profit tech since.
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An Alumni Community for Every School and College
Future First’s vision is that every young person, regardless of their background, should have access to relatable role models, mentors and work experience opportunities – not just those whose families can provide it. Their strategy to deliver this is to create a culture and system that sees every state schools and college supported by a thriving, engaged alumni community. Future First is currently working with over 10% of schools nationwide.
"ZING have been absolutely critical in Future First’s growth to working in more than 10% of schools across the country. As one of our very earliest supporters, ZING offered us funding and strategic support and advice without which we’d not have been able to follow the same growth path. Robin and Chris have both been invaluable on our journey and we’ve been able to be open about our needs and priorities as they’ve changed over the last three years. They’ve also been brilliant advocates for our work and have introduced us to other key partners." Alex Shapland-Howes, Managing Director
At WeSeeHope, we enable orphaned and vulnerable children in Southern and Eastern Africa to build a better future for themselves.
Over the last 18 years, we have developed seven programmes that provide social, educational and economic opportunities for these children and the adults and community members who support them. We collaborate with 27 local partner organisations to build and deliver these programmes, which:
Today, we are proud to work with over 60,000 vulnerable children and 25,000 parents, guardians and community volunteers a year across Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
"WeSeeHope’s partnership with Zing has been a fundamental reason why we have been able to expand our reach in Southern and Eastern Africa, develop our programmes and ultimately support more vulnerable children and their communities year-on-year.
"In particular, the active interest, support and encouragement that Robin and Chris have shown towards our Village Investors Programme (VIP) has enabled us to take this increasingly compelling and sustainable economic programme from ‘pilot’ phase to a full ‘roll-out’ in the five countries that we currently work in. This is the biggest programme ever undertaken by WeSeeHope and its success simply would not have been possible without the commitment of supporters like Robin, Chris and the Zing community. We are hugely grateful for that support." Mark Glen, CEO
Greenhouse Sports - developing young people through sport
Founded in 2002, Greenhouse Sports is a London-based charity committed to using sport to help young people living in the inner city realise their full potential.
Greenhouse Sports coaches work full time in schools and the community to provide outstanding sports programmes that nurture social, thinking, emotional and physical (STEP) skills that equip young people for life.
Skilling Up for The Digital Economy
Ada, the National College of Digital Skills is a specialist college which inspires the students of today to become the digital pioneers of tomorrow. Educating 1500 students per year, students can learn the relevant digital skills to pursue their dream job in tech, achieving BTEC and A Level qualifications, and building a digital portfolio that stands out from the rest.
We are a unique community which puts computer programming at the heart of everything we do. Our students are the future game changers: challenging the norm, excited by change, and resilient in the face of adversity.
"Zing have a unusual and refreshing appetite for risk that is very rare amongst Foundations. This comes from Robin Tombs and Chris White, the Co-Founders, who are extremely rigorous in their due diligence but also cognisant that solutions to some of the intractable problems they are seeking to address require unusual approaches. To have received the support of Zing at such an early stage in the development of the College, when it was still at the early business plan stage, was invaluable as was the advice and patient support of Robin in the subsequent months as we started to build momentum" Mark Smith, Founder
Overcoming disadvantage to enter sustainable employment
Resurgo seeks to help communities bring about social transformation. Our main initiative, the award-winning Spear programme, helps unemployed young people overcome disadvantage by entering and sustaining employment, in partnership with employers. The programme not only provides young people with the hard skills they need to find work, but, crucially also tackles head-on the attitudes and behaviours that often hold them back.
"We are incredibly grateful to Zing for the fantastic support they have given us. Both Robin and Chris have taken a personal interest in the evolving detail of our operating model and growth plans - as well as providing generous financial support towards our new Spear centres. They have shared wise and pertinent advice with us and made some great introductions, while respecting our management decisions as we have taken them." Tom Jackson, Chief Executive of Resurgo
The Youth-Led Development Agency
Half the world’s population is under 30. That’s 3.5 billion people. Young people are most affected by the persistent problems facing the world, and yet are frequently overlooked as a resource. As the largest, most energetic population, young people can and must be part of the solution. Restless Development, the youth-led development agency, places young people at the forefront of change and development. Our strength comes from being led by young people, from the boardroom right through to the field. Since 1985, we have trained, educated and supported young people in South Asia and across Africa to bring about solutions.
We help young people make responsible choices about their health and their livelihoods. We create the opportunities for them to play active roles in policy and decision making, and help them to address the most urgent problems facing their countries.
Our vision is to see young people taking a leadership role in addressing the issues, which affect them most – supported by their governments, communities, businesses and civil society institutions to help bring about real change.
Young people can. Young people do.
"ZING are a fantastic partner of Restless Development's. Not only have they helped us with our work on the ground, giving young people the chance to develop their futures and live life to their full potential in Tanzania and Uganda, but more recently they've encouraged us to think more strategically about our communications and systems. They've helped us to radically rethink how we use and share data across our global agency and have allowed us to invest in new IT structures to support our growing agency and ambitions . Robin has been at the heart of this, always pushing us to achieve more with our resources and opening doors to some wonderful contacts and partners." Perry Maddox, COO
Inclusive Classrooms is a new charity looking to transform the role of Teaching Assistants (TAs) in mainstream primary schools across the UK.
Inclusive Classrooms is the only UK based professional development programme that focuses specifically on the role of Teaching Assistants.
It is also the first professional development programme which makes the link between academic achievement and social inclusion. Many schools are struggling with how to make inclusive admissions work for them; increasing the number of children identified with SEN in mainstream settings presents schools with a number of challenges surrounding access, curriculum, staff roles and resources. Inclusive Classrooms aims to alleviate some of these challenges by highlighting an effective focus for TAs’ role, as well as presenting research-informed programmes that improve the social inclusion and academic attainment of pupils identified with SEN.
If successful, this programme could revolutionise the role of TAs, an expensive and much talked about resource in schools. Both Ofsted and the Department for Education have recently launched national inquiries into the role of TAs, which highlights widespread recognition that their role needs to be reconceptualised. This is the ideal time for Inclusive Classrooms to launch.
Right to Succeed is a charity with a mission to develop, pilot and scale solutions to educational inequality.
Our vision is that the only barriers to success should be hard work and focus. We therefore aim to eliminate the effects of poverty and system failure upon the achievement of young people, giving every child the Right to Succeed.
Our approach is to bring together best practice educationalists & deliverers, philanthropists, government commissioners, and social investors to:
“Robin and Chris' entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy and social impact is evident in every engagement with Zing Foundation. They take care to make the most of every opportunity to support and develop the Zing Family.” - Graeme Duncan, Right to Succeed
UK Youth is a leading national youth charity. Our work enables young people to develop the tools they need for life, work and a better future.
UK Youth reaches 1.5m young people every year through the largest network of youth clubs and projects. For over 100 years we have been enabling young people to learn and succeed. We support young people through a range of innovative programmes to gain life-skills that build confidence, resilience and make them more employable. With almost a million under 25s unemployed today, the work we do has never been more important. What we do enables young people to develop the tools they need for life, work and a better future.
Working Knowledge is a social enterprise that exists to open the eyes of business to the young talent available locally.
We provide colleges with a range of partnership services including delivering learner-employer programmes, staff training and strategic consultancy with a focus on the requirements of the CIF to ultimately build the capacity of all areas of the college to deliver an education to young people that employers value and actively recruit from.
#iwill - Making social action part of life for 10-20 year-olds
The #iwill campaign brings together hundreds of organisations from all sectors to embed meaningful social action into the lives of young people across the UK. Social action includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which create a double-benefit – to communities and young people themselves. Will you join our campaign?
"It is wonderful to have the backing of Robin and the team at Zing. The support we receive is helping to build a robust case for embedding social action opportunities for young people through the business, education and voluntary sectors. Our work relies on supporters like Zing and we are hugely grateful for their commitment." Charlotte Hill, CEO Step Up To Serve.
Our vision is that one day, everyone will build the essential skills to succeed.
The Skills Builder Partnership, led by Enabling Enterprise, works with schools, teachers, employers and skills-building organisations around the UK and the world to build eight essential skills: Listening, Presenting, Problem Solving, Creativity, Staying Positive, Aiming High, Leadership and Teamwork. These are the skills that underpin success at every stage of life: they unlock learning while at school, ensure young people are fully prepared for the independence of university and college, and empower people to land their dream job.
"Working with Zing and UP has been amazing since we met them in 2014. Robin, Chris, Paul and the whole team have helped us challenge our assumptions, made valuable introductions, and generously offered us advice and guidance when we have asked for it. The Zing Foundation's investment in our work has made a huge difference too as we scale our work and impact further." - Simon Hill, Head of Partnerships
A domestic active citizenship learning programme which educates, engages and empowers young people to be active local and global citizens.
We Act is our domestic programme that works to empower a “we” generation through our year-long active citizenship programme. We support students to become compassionate and active members of their global and local communities by taking action for the issues that matter to them the most. From collecting food for a local foodbank to going silent to raise awareness for children’s rights, We Act supports students all over the UK to speak up for issues close to their hearts. We Day is a series of stadium-sized youth empowerment events that brings 12,000 young people from all over the UK to one place to celebrate their year of social actions. World renowned leaders, speakers and performers come together to speak about global issues and spark meaningful action.
Great schools want to do more with data. However, the systems currently available severely limit what is possible. That’s why Ark and NEON Foundation have joined forces to create a cloud-based data platform for the education sector. Zing Foundation is proud to be a founding partner of the initiative and a member of its steering group. Ark is an international education organisation whose purpose is to transform student’s lives. In the UK, Ark operates a network of high-performing academies and has launched a range of education programmes designed to increase students’ life chances.
“My sincere thanks again to you and Robin for playing such a key role in making Assembly happen. Assembly Analytics is becoming a transformational tool and given the relatively low margin / high complexity nature of the product, I’m convinced that nothing like it would have existed without our charitable beginnings. I will always be grateful and appreciative that you backed our vision and helped steer us to a secure future. It’s a highly unusual and incredibly impactful approach to philanthropy.” Joshua Perry, Director of Assembly
Educate! prepares youth in Africa with the skills to succeed in today’s economy. We tackle youth unemployment by partnering with schools and governments to reform what schools teach and how they teach it so that students in Africa have the skills to start businesses, get jobs, and drive development in their communities.
"Zing has stepped in to support Educate! at a pivotal time in our growth. They are invaluable partners who value and encourage Educate!’s commitment to data and collaboration and ensuring we deliver the most innovative, impactful and cost-effective program possible to tens of thousands of students as we scale. Robin and Chris' investment and strategic guidance around what it means to scale an organization have been critical to help us meet the growing demand for our model and we’re so grateful to count them as partners." Boris Bulayev, Co-founder and Executive Director
Peace First unleashes the creativity of millions of young people to feed the good in themselves and the world.
We know the problems we are up against and the cost of inaction. We also know the solution: connected, committed, and engaged young people, all of whom are powerful examples of courage, compassion, and collaborative leadership. Our digital platform for social innovation, the Peace First Challenge, invites young people (13 – 25) from across the globe to identify a critical issue in their community and then provides all the support structures to ensure their success:
From here, young people are free to imagine and implement compassionate solutions to our globe’s most urgent problems.
"Zing have been essential to our early success in the UK. They took a big risk in supporting us at the beginning of our UK Journey - enabling us to pilot our programme here. They provided the perfect mix of support, advice and encouragement with the trust and flexibility we needed to make best use of our strengths."- Tom Barratt, VP UK Initiatives
Teaching re-thought, teaching re-taught
The Institute for Teaching is a specialist graduate school for teachers. Our courses have a single purpose - to help teachers to keep getting better so that that every pupil, regardless of their background, gets a great education. But teaching is complex – becoming an expert isn’t easy. Teachers deserve as much effort to go into their training as they put into their teaching. That’s why we are re-thinking teacher education and providing a progression pathway to expertise that is taught by a faculty of expert teacher educators.
"Zing was one of the few funders that backed us from the beginning. Robin and Chris saw the potential of our idea and backed us with time, expertise and resources from the beginning. We’ve built on that first £25k grant and are now one of the largest providers of teacher and school leadership development in England. We’ve helped thousands of teachers to keep getting better so that every child, regardless of their backgrounds, gets a great education." - Matthew Hood, Chief Education Officer
Raising the status and expertise of those educating the most vulnerable learners
Every day, 41 of the country’s most vulnerable children are permanently excluded from school, and once excluded, only 1.5% of children will get a good pass in English and maths GCSEs. Nationally, 1 in 200 children is excluded from school, but 1 in 2 of the prison population was excluded when at school.
The Difference works to raise the status and expertise of those working with vulnerable learners: in Alternative Provision, and in mainstream. We identify exceptional teachers and match them to leadership positions in schools for excluded pupils. Over a two year placement, The Difference provides a specialist training programme for our Difference Leaders alongside their two-year leadership post. Our Difference Leaders gain specialist knowledge of national best practice in working with disengaged and vulnerable children, including in improving literacy rates and positive post-16 destinations, and improved support for mental health, safeguarding and effective multi-agency working.
The Difference’s relationships with mainstream schools, including some of the biggest multi-academy trusts in the country, then allow us to broker a new career step for our Difference Leaders at the end of the two-year training programme. In this way, The Difference will cascade best practice in working preventatively, positioning its alumni to build capacity in mainstream schools to support vulnerable children before they are excluded.
Bringing people with different life experiences together to increase compassion, empathy and understanding.
The Roots Programme is a radical new initiative that believes our society benefits if we bring together people with hugely different lives in an authentic and meaningful way. We take people from different walks of life and have them meet and eat, talk and debate matters that affect us all. We will unite them and build understanding around their differences and, importantly, their similarities.
To have a real impact, we need to do this for now and for the future. On the one hand, we work with people in positions of influence in our major institutions and leaders in the communities affected by their decisions. On the other, we work with state and private schools to have the creative, engaged future influencers of our country build bridges across socio-economic divides.
The programme is designed to do this within a supportive environment, harnessing the desire of those on all sides to seek insight, enlightenment and meaningful change – to show their roots and find out about those of others. The Roots Programme is there to facilitate workshops with all parties to lay the groundwork and ensure that there is meaningful change after the programme for the participants and their respective communities.
Matching students facing challenges in further education with a first-rate tutor, to boost their English or maths skills and help them gain these key qualifications
Every year, around 200,000 children don’t achieve the expected standard in GCSE English and maths - these children are disproportionately from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The impact of this lasts a lifetime. Missing out on a grade C in GCSE English by one mark increases a young person’s chances of not being in education by 18 by a third. Without these gateway qualifications, as adults they can struggle to secure and stay-in employment or progress in the world of work.
Get Further supports students facing challenges in further education to improve their English and maths skills and gain key qualifications, so that they can realise their aspirations for education and work. We match students to a high-quality tutor – at no cost to the student – supported by a bespoke post-16 English and maths curriculum and resources that draw on the latest evidence in cognitive science to help students build their knowledge and confidence ahead of their exams. We also provide year-long, rounded support to students for independent study and strategies to boost motivation and help keep them on track.
To build a movement, so that in 10 years’ time, 10% of young people globally have access to role models, support and guidance from former students
Future First Global is a UK registered charity working to support school networks, NGOs and governments to build communities of relatable role models for young people, all over the world. Over the last five years we have spoken to school leaders and teachers in over 30 countries, and over 90% of them have said that building strong alumni communities can be valuable. Global polling indicates that over 50% of adults would be willing to give back to their former schools, and yet currently only 1% are doing so. We work to change that, by designing low-resource ways for schools and youth programmes to build networks of their former students or participants.
A few of the ways we’ve seen former students support their schools in the last 12 months are:
Our ambition is to build a movement, so that in 10 years’ time, 10% of young people globally have access to role models, support and guidance from former students. We have three key areas of work to pursue this:
Our current partners include the Mastercard Foundation, CARE Foundation, Columba Leadership and Health Poverty Action. During 2018 we worked in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Pakistan and South Africa.
The Key exists to inspire belief in young people
The Key wants to create a world where all young people are inspired to believe in themselves and achieve their potential. Their mission is to enable young people to believe in their ideas, and take responsibility for living them, by discovering what they’re capable of and generating the drive and determination to do something meaningful with it. Their ultimate impact goal is to inspire and support young people facing challenging circumstances to develop growth mindsets and tackle social immobility in their own unique way.
The Key provides young people with the tools and opportunities to put their ideas into practice by facilitating young people’s participation in their tried and tested youth-led, skills development Framework. It is simple but effective and sees young people come together in little teams and, with the support of their Key Facilitator (youth worker trained to deliver the framework), think, plan, budget, pitch (to panel), do and review their very own youth-led projects. All they ask is for young people to engage their individuality, curiosity and creativity as they dream up their projects and work together to make it happen for real.
Lighthouse children's homes combine a strong education ethos, a stable home and excellent therapeutic support from outstanding professionals
Every year we see that the outcomes for children in children’s homes are poor and not improving. 62% have a diagnosable mental health condition, 61% are in alternative provision and 17% are subject to a conviction, final warning or reprimand while in a children’s home.
At Lighthouse we believe that education is fundamental to breaking this link between demography and destiny. We place a strong emphasis on education and we take a keen interest in our children's educational progress.
At the heart of our approach is our people. We work to recruit and train talented graduates and experienced residential care workers to support the most vulnerable young people. We use a model of practice known as social pedagogy which is the model in place in most of Western Europe. We believe that our approach will lead to more stable placements, happier children and ultimately, better life outcomes.
Children growing up in residential care can go on to live full and fulfilling lives if they have the right support. With excellent people, a stable place that feels like home and shared values and principles underpinning our work - all applied with a personal and caring approach - we believe that we can help young people to thrive, access opportunities and transform children's residential care in the UK.
Empowering young and socially excluded citizens to lead change within society
Bite The Ballot is an international social enterprise that specialises in civic and community engagement. They have grown from an idea in a classroom to coordinating world-record breaking campaigns, changing laws and rebranding politics among young and socially-excluded communities.
For many, all that’s needed to make poor civic engagement a thing of the past is making politics simple, breaking it down into issues, and most importantly, offering them the space to share potential solutions. Bite The Ballot has developed a four-step programme of engagement that aims to create and develop active citizens, and runs a range of party neutral programmes, including:
A movement mobilising to double the number of young trustees on boards by 2024
When one in 12 trustees are named either John or David, and the average age of a trustee is over 60 (3% are under 30) – it’s no secret that board diversity is an issue. This lack of representation and inclusivity on boards is a choice. It hampers board effectiveness, diversity of thought and future-proofing.
We are building a movement of young people, charity leaders and employers taking holistic action to:
Join us at http://youngtrusteesmovement.org/make-a-pledge/.
Making education accessible to vulnerable young people aged between 16-24 years of age who have struggled to cope in mainstream education
The Really NEET Project was founded to meet the unique needs of NEET young people (aged 16-24) to learn in a supportive and specially tailored environment. Their projects are about much more than simply getting a job or passing a course; they hope to empower positive change in young people by giving them the tools to create stability and security in their lives that will enable them to achieve their future goals and become contributing members of wider society.
They are an Award-winning South Yorkshire based Social Enterprise, working with some of society’s most vulnerable young people. Their founder, Sophie Maxwell, set up the project due to her own life experiences (dropping out of school, domestic violence and homelessness), leading to her to set up a college for young people who had been through similar circumstances, ensuring they had the right kind of support in place at such a crucial age, and enabling them to achieve their dreams despite their challenges.
Really NEET’s 37 week "Inspiring Change" programme supports disadvantaged youth through: Maths and English, highly practical vocational qualifications, Personal Social Development sessions, employability sessions, home-pickups, enrichment activities, a leadership residential, and quality onsite youth work.
The Fair Education Alliance is working towards a world where our education system is fair – where no child’s educational success is limited by their socio-economic background.
The Fair Education Alliance is a coalition of over 100 of the UK’s leading organisations from business, the third sector and education. Together, they work toward a world where disadvantage no longer determines literacy and numeracy rates at primary school, GCSE attainment at secondary school, the emotional wellbeing and resilience of young people, participation in further education or employment based training and university graduation.
Their mission is to use their collective voice and influence to create change by helping a wide range of stakeholders close the gap between the most disadvantaged children and their wealthier peers.
Each Alliance member is united behind achieving the Fair Education Impact Goals – five transformational goals which, if achieved in the next ten years, will substantially reduce educational inequality. Created following consultation with over 1,700 teachers, charities, businesses and world leading experts, the Fair Education Impact Goals follow the educational journey of a child from primary school through to Higher Education and the workplace.
The Fair Education Alliance was launched on 20th June 2014 at the Sunday Times Higher Education Festival by 25 organisations committed to creating a fair, world class education system.
Supporting over 20,000 families across the UK to enjoy learning Maths and English together, and promote parental engagement to narrow the disadvantage gap.
Learning with Parents aims to support all children, with a particular focus on motivating and empowering the most disadvantaged families.
Launched in 2016, they run three streams of programmes:
Breaking the destructive cycle of children and young people committing crimes so that, instead, they make a positive contribution to our society and build better lives for themselves.
More than two thirds – 69.3% of children released from custody in 2018 went on to reoffend in the following 12 months, a 4.7% increase over the last ten years. The price for this failure is paid not only by these young people themselves and the taxpayer, but by everyone who depends on over-stretched public services, who want a stronger sense of community, or who suffers the pain, heartbreak, misery and fear of being a victim of crime.
Although there are lots of great professionals within Youth Offending Services, too often the system lacks focus and impact. The solution has to be more than merely expanding current capacity or repeating pleas for the existing piecemeal provision to be more “joined up”.
Whatever It Takes (WIT) has been founded by four of the UK’s leading innovators in social policy, all of whom have an exceptional track record of turning an initial concept into concrete change. It offers a radical blueprint for challenging the way services are designed and delivered that will produce dramatically improved outcomes at significantly lower costs.
WIT will use the Breaking Cycles Model inspired by the success of Pause, a charity where intensive therapeutic relationships with vulnerable women at risk of having multiple children taken into care, not only changed lives for the better but also saved local authorities millions of pounds.
At the heart of WIT’s approach will be the relationship the child or young person has with a “Guide.” Recruited from the very best professionals in teaching, social work, police, health and youth offending, these Guides will neither be limited by shortage of time, nor hampered by unnecessary bureaucracy as they do “whatever it takes” to build trust and find a connection that can bring change.