Thought-provoking conversations in Bradford

May 24, 2019

What an inspiring, informative and thought-provoking day in Bradford.

This morning we were kindly hosted at QED Foundation where Founder and Chief Executive, Dr Mohammed Ali and Deputy Chief Executive, Adeeba Malik spent the morning briefing us on QED’s work delivering training and employment services to disadvantaged communities in Bradford, and  the issues inhibiting British Asian communities from entering employment and reaching their full potential once employed.

We then went on to visit the Khidmat Centre, which delivers services to vulnerable members of the local community with a particular focus on health and education. Ishtiaq Ahmed and Sofia Buncy of The Muslim Women in Prison Project (MWIP) shared with us their extensive experience of working with poor, British Asian, young people across West Yorkshire – they deliver both a “doorstep” approach to supporting the transition from education to employment and supporting Muslim women in prison resettle back into their communities in a meaningful way.

Despite being in the middle of Ramadan, QED were kind enough to supply lunch, during which Professor Peter Wells and Elizabeth Sanderson from Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research took us through their evaluation of the National Lottery Community Fund’s Talent Match programme and their key learnings from both the programme itself and how to best conduct an evaluation of such programmes.

Finally, we were lucky enough to be invited to the launch of PWC’s new Bradford Assurance Centre and listen to a fascinating panel discussion on social mobility and how best to connect businesses with local talent.

Thanks to everyone for giving their time to help us better understand a part of the country that is crucial to us delivering on our mission, and particularly to Ali, Adeeba and colleagues at QED for hosting us so considerately!

As ever a day is never long enough, but we’ve certainly left with a much deeper understanding of the issues facing young people in Bradford as they seek meaningful and fulfilling employment.


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.