Brixham Youth Enquiry Service (YES) is a volunteer-led organisation that works with the most vulnerable young people in Brixham. The charity was established in 1996 and focuses on engaging and supporting young people between the ages of 11 and 25, as they grow into adulthood. YES provides meaningful community opportunities for their young volunteers to learn a range of skills which will equip them for life’s challenges, as well as supporting young people to explore their own interests.
YES reaches into the community through intergenerational work. It is passionate about enabling the Brixham community to create inclusive opportunities for ‘self-powered’ regeneration.
Len is a freelance photographer and writer based in Manchester. For more than 20 years he has followed the urban regeneration of Manchester and Salford producing numerous exhibitions, books, magazines and websites. His projects are often about the way physical change affects people’s lives.
In more recent work about social exclusion Len has followed the stories of an asylum seeker, heroin user and homeless alcoholic. He has produced a book about a youth mentoring project and is currently compiling a blog about a 17-year-old new mum from Moss Side bringing up her daughter in supported accommodation.
For Len it’s more about the journey than the destination.
NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) is an independent body that examines how innovation can solve some of the country’s major economic and social challenges.
NESTA acts through a combination of practical programmes, early stage investment, research and policy, and the formation of partnerships to foster innovation and deliver radical new ideas. Created by an Act of Parliament in 1998 and funded by a £250 million endowment from the National Lottery, NESTA uses the interest from that endowment to fund and support its projects.
The Neighbourhood Challenge
The Neighbourhood Challenge is a programme from NESTA and the Big Lottery Fund to support community-led innovation. It aims to show how community organisations equipped with appropriate skills and small, catalytic amounts of money can galvanise people to work together to create innovative responses to local priorities, particularly in neighbourhoods with low levels of social capital.
Watch an animation of the Neighbourhood Challenge.