An Introduction

Building youth power and leadership

In 1990 Michael Campbell established the Ellis Campbell Foundation whose principal aim has been to support organisations across London, Hampshire and Perthshire working with disadvantaged young people.

Until last year, the Foundation had a particular interest in projects delivering services to bridge the gap between education and employment for disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 25.  Last year the trustees completed an intensive strategic review with the objective being to improve the Foundation’s impact.  The trustees met with 80 experts including many young changemakers to learn about the experiences of young people across areas such as youth services, young carers, homelessness, mental health, youth criminal justice, and social mobility. Please do read more about our findings here.

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The Foundation is now proud to be partnering on four youth led initiatives across the UK and with the Blagrave Trust on their innovative Challenge and Change programme.  The trustees are excited to watch these initiatives grow and flourish and to continue to learn from the young people at the heart of them.

In addition, in 2007 the Doris Campbell Memorial Fund was set up with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) in memory of Michael Campbell’s late mother. Most of the grants based in Hampshire are now managed independently by the HIWCF, which supports innovative youth-based projects throughout Hampshire.