Meeting UnLtd – the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs

May 31, 2019

The team has an inspiring morning at UnLtd – the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, learning how they improve access to employment through their support of social enterprises and social entrepreneurs.

It was great to hear from the UnLtd team about this different model for having an impact and also how they structure themselves and operate across the country. It was a privilege to spend time with 4 of the social entrepreneurs UnLtd have supported: Joel from Spiral Skills, Steven from Box Up Crime, Josh from Cracked It, and Sade from Sour Lemons.

As we discussed each of their businesses, there were some striking descriptions of their targeted beneficiaries:

  • “for people who think they shouldn’t be here”
  • “for young people at the fringes of education”
  • “for young people who schools hide from Ofsted”
  • “rebuilding misguided dreams”
  • “young people don’t get involved in crime for the glamour, they often feel backed into it”

…and also some challenges for YFF. Thanks to Mark and the team at UnLtd for arranging such an inspiring working session – we touched many topics that we will be following up on.


Youth Futures Foundation is starting to build a panel of evaluators with the relevant skills and experience to conduct high quality evaluations of youth employment initiatives funded through our Impact grants. This is an opportunity to play a founding role in this collaborative endeavour to generate robust findings that can be used to improve outcomes for disadvantaged young people.
We are beginning the Expression of Interest stage now, as we expect to require evaluators to start working with projects in summer 2020. However, at this stage we will only select a small number of teams, given that some of our funding activities are likely to be delayed by the Covid 19 pandemic. We anticipate there will be further opportunities to join the panel in the future.


Youth Futures welcome the latest UK data on youth employment released by ONS today, which show a continued rise in the number of young people who are in education, training or work. 


‘A few weeks into my new job and I am working with our committed team to refine our strategy and pave the way for the Youth Futures grants programme to open in the first quarter of 2020.’ New CEO, Anna Smee, outlines way forward for Youth Futures Foundation.