Young Brent Foundation's Approach

Young Brent Foundation works with over 200+ play and youth organisations and delivers focused support and activities that develops capacity, encouraging greater opportunities to connect, collaborate and succeed

Our objectives:

  1. Education – Provide training and sector development through Informal, formal and Non-formal experiential learning opportunities
  2. Environment – Exploration of Brent’s Physical, Social, Cultural and Political environments to enable cross-sector collaboration between members, partners, and supporters
  3. Employment – Development of work-related experiences, placements and apprenticeships to increase long-term investment in the borough’s children and young people.

    Golden Thread that runs through the Young Brent Foundation approach:

    Intercultural dialogue: The open exchange of views between individuals and groups belonging to different cultural groups or communities that enables better communication and understanding of world views.

    Intersectionality: How aspects of one's social and political identities (e.g., gender, ethnicity, social status, sexuality, disability, etc.) overlap to create unique modes of discrimination.

    Complex Trauma: How multiple traumatic events or lived experiences are presented amongst children, young people and or their families i.e. Mental Health

    YBF in numbers

    200 +
    Funded projects
    Funding awarded to projects

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    Meet the YBF team

    • Christopher Murray
      Christopher Murray
      Chris was previously Strategic Commissioner for Youth Services at the Royal borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC) where he leads on redesigning and restructuring the youth service. JNC trained, he holds a Degree in Youth & Community studies, with an MA in Childhood and Youth: Frameworks for Integrated Practice. With over 20 years’ experience as a Senior Manager in both local government and the voluntary sector, Chris has managed a wide range of services for children and young people, in a variety of senior Children’s Service roles across London and at County Council level, encompassing the portfolios for Early Help, youth participation, play services, Sports Development, health and arts provision. Following ten years in Norfolk for Children’s Services, he relocated back to London (LB Hackney) and was appointed to the post of Youth Programmes and Projects Manager for Young Hackney since 2013 until more recently (2018). Chris has tutored on intercultural dialogue as a guest speaker for Anglia Ruskin University, London Metropolitan University and the University of East London and worked as an External Assessor for Pan–European Youth Programmes and Youth Exchanges, which aim to tackle racial discrimination across Europe. He is also a graduate of the Virtual Staff College Network for future Black & Asian Leaders (BALI) and a keen advocate for Systemic Dialogue and how it can improve service design, implementation and communication.
    • Maxine Willetts
      Maxine Willetts
      Chief Operating Officer
      Maxine has been involved with fundraising for 18 years within the third sector. She holds an MA in Social Work and trained as a Mental Health Social Worker. She has held senior fundraising positions in charities working with vulnerable and marginalised children and young people. Maxine is passionate about ensuring that opportunities are made available to all children and young people so that they can reach their full potential. She is most happy getting involved in all aspects of fundraising, which includes project management, programme design, evaluation, and managing relationships with funders. Over the course of her career, she has acquired a depth of knowledge that covers key areas of work with children and young people. -Employability and enterprise -Leadership and Social Action -Creative Arts, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) -Health & Wellbeing Maxine is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and a Fellow with the Royal Society of Arts. She enjoys speaking publicly about the work of youth organisations and meeting people of all backgrounds from senior Central Government Cabinet members, major donors and young people at the local youth club.
    • Ayodeji Adeoshun
      Ayodeji Adeoshun
      Youth and Community Engagement Officer
      Deji joins having spent 7 years at Hackney CVS leading on projects such as “ The Stop and Search Monitoring Group” which aimed to bridge the gap between the community and police, Talent Match supporting young people aged 18 - 25 into meaningful employment. Developing the inspirational leaders who are young people working with the local authority to improve outcomes for young black men. Deji has a passion for young people and a heart for the grass roots. Deji is looking forward to meeting member organisations and developing projects and initiatives that will bring much needed resources that will further support the work going on in the borough.
    • Jemima Morris
      Jemima Morris
      FunFitFamilies & Brent Goes Wild Project Manager
      Jemima has been involved in Sport and Physical Activity for over 20 years and holds a Masters degree in Sport Psychology. She has held various positions in the sports sector, including National, Regional and County positions with the Lawn Tennis Association and a Partnership Manager role with the Active Partnership London Sport. Jemima is committed to helping get children & young people more physically active and feel the benefits of leading an active lifestyle, particularly those children who do not have as many opportunities to be active. Jemima has worked with Young Brent Foundation since May 2017, in her first role as a bid writer, she went on to develop a successful Sport England Funding Application to their Families Fund, before now managing our FunFit Families programme. Member organisations working with families, that would benefit from a more healthy, and active lifestyle, should contact Jemima.
    • Nikita Joshi
      Nikita Joshi
      Digital Communications Officer
    • Errol Donald
      Errol Donald
      Valuing Life Project Manager
    • Sapna Patel
      Sapna Patel
      Trustee Support Officer
    • Nequela Whittaker
      Nequela Whittaker
      Global Thinking Project Manager
    • Ladi Ajayi
      Ladi Ajayi
      Project Manager

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