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Our story

At Envision, we have a long and proud history of using social action programmes to help young people build their essential skills.

What started as four friends wanting to make a difference in their community has grown over the past 20 years to become a national programme empowering thousands of young people to drive change for themselves and their local communities.

 

A brief history of Envision...

2000
How it started...
Four young friends united over shared concerns of the issues facing the world, wanting to make a change. Recognising an increasingly negative perception of young people in London, they designed a programme to engage 16-19 year olds in youth social action and create positive change in their communities.
2000
2005 - 2010
Growing to new cities
In 2005, The Envision Programme expanded to Birmingham, followed by Leeds in 2009 and then Bristol in 2010.
2005 - 2010
2010
Introducing mentors
We started to engage volunteer mentors from local businesses in each region to support young people on our programmes to develop their social action projects and essential skills.
2010
2013
Growing with impact!
We were selected by the Cabinet Office for a randomised control trial which provided robust evidence that our programme develops some of the most essential soft skills for work and life.
2013
2015
Generation Change
Our former CEO, Jennie Butterworth, co-founded Generation Change. Generation Change was created out of recognition that, when delivered well, youth social action can transform the lives of those who take part. This brought together the CEOs of 19 leading organisations in our sector, including the National Citizen Service and the Scouts, to develop quality standards.
2015
2017
Bringing Envision to schools!
We launched the Envision Programme in Secondary Schools across the UK, working with young people aged 13-14.
2017

Meet the Envision team!

EP
Elisabeth Paulson
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
TAC
Tia-Reisa Apaloo-Clarke
Senior Programme Coordinator (London)
JB
Jessica Batty
Data & Impact Manager
CB
Charis Berry
Regional Manager (Bristol)

Join the team

Are you passionate about helping young people develop their skills and confidence? Join our growing team and help us empower young people across the UK!