About the Catalyst Partners
The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services
Established in 1936, the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services is a diverse and growing network of over 280 national organisations and regional and local networks that work with and for young people. Our mission is to work with our members from voluntary and community organisations to build thriving communities and sustainable networks that help all young people achieve their potential.
The National Youth Agency
At the National Youth Agency, we are passionate about young people and believe that they should have a voice in everything that affects them, and that the performance of services will be improved by taking proper account of that voice. We believe that young people have the energy and potential to improve their own lives and those of the community, now and as they grow up.
We are an independent charity and the partner of choice for government, local authorities, businesses and the third sector, delivering with them, and advising and supporting them in the development of programmes and policies for young people.
Social Enterprise UK
The Social Enterprise UK is the UK's national body for social enterprise and represents a wide range of social enterprises, regional and national support networks and other related organisations. We believe that social enterprise is the right way to do business and we work with our members to:
• Promote the benefits of social enterprise through the media, campaigningand events.
• Promote best practice amongst social enterprises through networks and publications. A key part of our work is to enable social enterprises to share know how, network and do business. We publish a range of case studies, 'how to' guides and training materials.
• Inform the policy agenda working with key decision makers. Our aim is to improve the operating environment for social enterprise by advising government, informing consultations and hosting policy events.
• We influence politicians across the political spectrum, generating support for social enterprise. Political engagement has been the bedrock of the our work in promoting social enterprise and in pushing the issue up the policy agenda.
• Undertake research to expand the social enterprise evidence base.
The Young Foundation
The Young Foundation brings together insights, innovation and entrepreneurship to meet social needs. We have a track record of over 50 years success with ventures such as the Open University, Which?, the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Healthline (the precursor of NHS Direct).
We work across the UK and internationally – carrying out research, influencing policy, creating new organisations and supporting others to do the same, often with imaginative uses of new technology.
We now have over 60 staff, working on over 40 ventures at any one time, with staff in New York and Paris as well as London and Birmingham in the UK.