The UK faces tough social problems. Thousands of older people are living lonely and isolated lives, youth unemployment has reached record levels and the gulf between the haves and the have nots looks wider than ever.
Changing this picture is very difficult.
To make change a real possibility, we need to bring more manpower and energy to frontline services – like schools that give children from troubled backgrounds the support to succeed in education and beyond, or care homes that give isolated older people the opportunity to live a dignified and fulfilling life. We also need to invest in a new generation of social leaders such that they are able to drive social change with ever-increasing levels of ambition, focus and impact.
We exist to do just this: to bring the energy, creativity and resourcefulness of bright young people to bear on society’s toughest problems; and to inspire a generation who are fired up about social issues and equipped with the skills, insight and ambition to turn their passion into real social change.
Year Here is focussed on three challenges for British society that fellows work on through their Frontline Service Placement and Social Entrepreneurship Project: