Includem, a Scottish Charity that supports Scotland’s most vulnerable young people, has been praised by the leaders of all three major political parties for its inspiring work which is helping to change the UK for the better.
Includem has been included in ‘Britain’s 50 New Radicals’ – a list compiled by the Observer and NESTA to highlight and celebrate the people and organisations that are finding ingenious and practical new solutions to some of society’s biggest problems.
It was selected from over 350 applications by a panel of expert judges including Martha Lane Fox, UK Digital Champion, Geoff Mulgan, Chief executive of NESTA and John Mulholland, editor of The Observer. The final 50 was published in the Observer on Sunday (19th February) and has received support from the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: ‘The people and organisations recognised today have all made extremely valuable contributions to their communities – through a variety of things like helping people back to work, transforming their local environment into spaces all people can enjoy or by giving carers a well-earned break.
‘What they've done is inspiring, they've made projects happen bringing about genuine and positive change and they are building the bigger, stronger society that I want us all to be a part of. I hope their example will motivate others to take action and get involved.’
Angela Morgan, Chief Executive for Includem says, “Includem are delighted to have been identified by The Observer and NESTA as one of Britain’s New Radicals. Includem supports the most vulnerable, chaotic and high-risk young people in Scotland – often those who society has forgotten about – and we strive to help these young people realise their potential and become valued members of society. Our tried and tested model of one-to-one working and 24/7 support for young people helps them achieve a better life. As a relatively young charity, Includem continues to develop innovative and effective practice to support the generations of young people to come.”
John Mulholland, editor of The Observer, says: 'It's a thrilling list, and a timely antidote to cynicism and despair. At times in the UK we seem to be deluged by negativity. Well, look at this list and take some time to reflect on the many people and groups who are motivated to do something to materially change the lives of Britons – for the better. I think the message is clear – if at all possible, do something. It beats doing nothing.'
Everyone who entered Britain’s 50 New Radicals has been invited to a London reception to celebrate 'Britain's New Radicals' in early 2012. Each 'New Radical' will be invited to join a network and participate in workshops, supported by NESTA to inspire more radical new ideas that can change the world for the better.
Sabrina Allan, Communications & Information Officer
0141 763 3860
07977 432 944 (out of hours)
Notes to Editor:
- Includem is a 21st century Scottish charity with 11 years of evidence based experience and a track record in engaging the most resistant young people and delivering positive outcomes.
- Spokespeople are available for interview – see above contact information.
- In 2010/11 Includem supported 646 young people across Scotland.
- Further information about Includem, including Press Pack, is available from www.includem.org.
- For further information about Britain’s New Radicals see http://www.nesta.org.uk/britainsnewradicals