Brent’s Poverty Commission Publish its key Findings.

Today (Monday 17 August), Brent’s Poverty Commission delivered its findings, following a six-month review into poverty in the London borough.

It points out 1 in 6 households (17%) live below the poverty line, doubling (to 33%) after housing costs are taken into account. More than 1 in 5 (22%) of children live in poverty, doubling to a startling 43% after housing costs.

The report draws on evidence from residents, politicians and expert local and national organisations and presents powerful first-hand experiences, bringing home what it means to live in poverty in Brent.

Read More of the Commission's key Findings


THE BRENT POVERTY COMMISSION A FAIRER FUTURE Report aimed at Ending Poverty in Brent and seting out important recommendations


DfE update - Out-of-school Settings

Reopening of holiday clubs and OOSS/Funding

As a result of the Prime Minister’s confirmation that holiday clubs and out-of-school settings will now be allowed to reopen during the summer holidays, the DfE published two pieces of guidance on GOV.UK about community activities, holiday and after-school clubs as well as other out-of-school provision.

The DfE released guidance for providers outlining the protective measures that need to be in place to ensure that, from Saturday 4 July, such settings can minimise the risk to children, staff and parents who attend their settings by reducing the risk of infection and transmission of the virus. Also published is advice to parents and carers on the precautions they should be taking if they are thinking of sending their child to any provision over the summer period.

For more see Protective measures document download here

Providers guidance:

Parents guidance:

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YBF In the News


Golden Thread a new report published by APM (The Association for Project Management) and PwC features YBF’s CEO Chris Murray representing the Charity Sector. The third in the series, Golden Threads sets out to identify the size and contribution of project management to UK economic and social activity. For more, please see pages 25 & 26.

Case Study - Young Brent Foundation CEO Chris Murray

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YBF members- Sport At The Heart Volunteers recieve support from The Duke of Sussex

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The Duke of Sussex has joined an online call with young London volunteers who are dedicating their time to helping others during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Switching from their usual roles in helping people to meet up, get outside and keep active, the team at Sport at the Heart has been heading into the community to deliver food and essential supplies, and have also been finding unique ways to keep their mission going.Since lockdown, the team has been hosting virtual group activities, such as street dance, family zumba, school support tutoring, drama club and cooking workshops. They are also delivering one-to-one mentoring sessions, which acts as a safe space for young people to share their concerns during such a challenging time.
Sport at the Heart is a community sport and wellbeing charity focused on getting families active. It is part of the StreetGames network and engages in Fit and Fed, an initiative long-supported by The Duke which works to combat hunger and food poverty during the school holidays. The charity delivers sessions at Roundwood Youth Centre in Brent, where he visited two years ago, with more than half of attendees at the holiday programmes eligible for free school meals.
During the call the Duke of Sussex praised the young people and their families saying: “You’re doing such amazing work and thank you so much for being you, and for being so kind and compassionate and caring to others”.They discuss what it feels like to help others through volunteering, and the benefits of being able to keep active.
Director of Sport at the Heart Director Nary Wijeratne said: “These young Londoners are so inspirational. With all that’s going on across the world right now, the team received a well-received boost from The Duke. His positive and kind words really gave them some encouragement.”
A spokesperson for Street Games said “The work that Sport in the Heart are doing to support young people and their families is inspirational, and more important than even at a time when communities are struggling in lockdown. It’s wonderful that this work is being recognised by the Duke, his words of encouragement really meant a lot to these young people. “The organisations within the StreetGames network are doing an amazing job supporting their neighbourhoods in challenging times, and we’re proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with them as they work to make young peoples’ lives healthier, safer and more successful.” 
Taking part in the call were:
Koran Goldstone, 25. 
Koran has been working with SatH as a sessional coach for 2.5  years. Previous to this, he was on a full-time volunteer placement through StreetGames, in an attempt to get enough experience to secure paid employment (he studied a BSc in PE, Sport and Development at university). Koran has been supporting the emergency response for the community during the pandemic.
Falhat Husein, 19.
Falhat started as a participant but has now been volunteering for SatH for 2 years and has completed a number of StreetGames courses and contributed more than 500 hours of volunteering in the community. She loves football and has overcome many challenges just to play the game she loves. She’s not in education or working at the moment but hopes to go back in September to study Sports Science. She lives with her parents who are key workers, and her three younger siblings.
Matthew Burrage, 25
Matthew works fulltime for SatH full time. He began as a volunteer, then sessional coach for four years before taking on more responsibility last year. Matthew lives with his Grandmother who has dementia, who he also cares for. Matthew grew up locally and is a great role model for the younger children. Matthew’s role at SatH has moved into emergency response, delivering weekly food parcels to their vulnerable families, supporting them with online activities and reaching out to young people over the phone.

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FunFitFamilies - Making the News

FunFitFamilies is making headlines with 120 families now signed up. For more information on the members taking part and the locations of where you can join up for FREE  see our FunFitFamilies project Page.

Young Brent Foundation Welcomes New CEO

Introducing Young Brent Foundation’s new Chief Executive Chris Murray (MA) who took up the post on May 23rd 2019. YBF are excited and proud to welcome Chris on board and look forward to an exciting and successful future under his leadership ahead. For more please see about Chris please visit our Meet the Team page here.

(GLA) Young Londoner Grant Funding

For a roundup of funding from the Mayor of London including Young Londoners Funding (GLA) please see here


Grants of up to £3,000 for 2018 are now closed.

See below for more on how to apply or to download our application form.

Join 60 Brent Families, getting Fit for FREE

Eight local community organisations, members of Young Brent Foundation, have joined together and offering FREE places to families with inactive 5 to 10-year-olds on the Fun Fit Families programme funded by Sport England and the National Lottery.

Families signing up to the 12-week programme, are fully supported to suit their needs and lifestyles and get FREE access to sports equipment, new ideas for fun and prizes.

Figures show that four out of five primary school children are not getting the recommended amount of daily exercise of 60 minutes a day, and are missing out on the enormous benefits it brings.

The initiative, supported by Sport England, works closely with parents as significant role models helping them to build confidence and help their children get more active with access to shared experiences that are enjoyable, convenient and FREE.

60 families have already signed up to FunFit Programmes operating in Harlesden, Kilburn Stonebridge, Sudbury Willesden Green, Barnhill and Dollis Hill. There are still places left so sign up for your FREE place today.

If this is for you, or someone you know, who you think would benefit from taking part, just get in touch on 0208 912 5839

Join a FunFit Families Programme today and spread the word!

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Grants Update

Small Grant Funding Applications are now in for 2018

Thank you to everyone who applied.  Successful members will be notifed and announced after July 30th 2018.

Great News!

Small Grant Funding is currently open for applications (for YBF members).

Small Grants open: Closing on the 16th July, for decision on the 30th July.

Please Visit the Grants page.

Young Brent Foundation Research

Needs Challenges Opportunities

The report looks at the results of groundbreaking sector-wide research, providing unique insight into the specific Needs Challenges and Opportunities of a vibrant committed community of voluntary organisations, supporting young people across the Borough of Brent.


Sport England Award - Helping Brent Families Get Active

YOUNG BRENT FOUNDATION, on behalf of its members, is delighted to announce being awarded £402,385 of National Lottery funding from Sport England to help low income families in Brent get active with their children.

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