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Speech from 10 Downing Street by Prime minister David Cameron on the work
of Renaissance Foundation

' I’ve talked many times before about the problems of our broken society and I’ve always insisted that we really are all in this together. It’s something I care about deeply; it is integral to my politics and that’s why I’m so pleased to thank The Renaissance Foundation today for all its work. Like you I know that young people sometimes need help to achieve their best and that we have a responsibility to get out there and give them the confidence to succeed, because we cannot afford to write off any part of the next generation. We can’t allow some young people to slide into a life of crime, failure and dependency but nor can we simply stand back expect everyone to make it on their own. That’s why schemes such as the ones run by the Renaissance Foundation are so valuable. You know, as I do, that the best way for people to get on in life, is to get into work and you have been showing young people the way -Finding role models, opening young people’s eyes, giving them hope and ambition. You’ve been encouraging people who think success isn’t for them to learn experience for others. You’ve helped people realise that they really ‘can do it’

The thing is, we’re not going to turn our society around by just issuing orders from the top. Government doesn’t have all the answers, instead it will take the commitment and effort of groups like yours; it’s what we need to see more of in this country. So thank you, and the very best of luck '

How Young People Find Us

As a small charity, we have found that we can have a larger impact by partnering with selected and well-respected authorities for the referral of young people to Renaissance Foundation. Instead of directing much-needed funds and energy to the selection process, working with partner organisations means that we can better utilise our time and resources and focus on supporting our participants.

Our partners have a wealth of experience and expertise in the three groups with which Renaissance Foundation works, and the time and energy they have already spent with young people means they are very effective in selecting those who are most in need.

Young hospital patients are currently identified through three partner hospitals: Evelina Children’s Hospital, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (GOSH) and Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. Young carers are identified by two national charities: Re-Think Mental Health, and Family Action. Finally, our ‘school pupils at risk’ are identified by St Paul’s Way Trust School in Tower Hamlets.