About Us

The Young Lives Foundation (YLF) is an award winning children’s charity in the South East of England with expertise in Advocacy, Mentoring, Befriending and Activity Programmes

Our Vision

We believe that every young person in need should have access to the resources and opportunities needed for them to achieve their potential and lead fulfilled lives.

Our Mission is to be alongside children and young people in need in ways that:

Enable their voices to be heard and champion their rights and interests

Support them through times of difficulty and distress

Assist them to achieve their potential

Our Impact


voluntary hours given per year


vulnerable people supported each year


of people feel listened to and supported


of fundraised income every year

We are dedicated to ensuring the highest standards of practice throughout our work. We aim to develop and enhance our services, and meet the needs and demands of beneficiaries each year whilst ensuring positive outcomes are delivered.

Read our Impact Report here →

We are proud of the professional and positive way in which we have responded to the Coronavirus crisis.

Read our Coping with Covid Impact Report →

Our Support

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We support those who are:

Looked after children / care leavers

Children in need / on the edge of care

Young offenders / at risk of offending

NEET young people / disengaged in education

Vulnerable adults

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

Families in need of support

Children who have been adopted

Our Values

Our staff and volunteers are committed and passionate, and strive to do the best they can for every young person who needs our support.

We demonstrate the values of our organisation in every aspect of our role and work hard to meet the increasing demand for our support. We are ambitious about achieving positive outcomes and making a difference to young people's lives every day.


To love our job – be helpful, friendly and gain an understanding from the individuals we want to make a difference to


To be there and be respectful – have good manners, listen and stay in touch with young people and each other


To be trustworthy and dependable – have an open mind and be approachable, show kindness and remain consistent


To be a great team player – show creativity and share ideas but also get actively involved and be sociable

Our Aims

Plugging the Gap

Building, researching and responding to areas of need whilst mobilising services

Diverse Income

Continued development of diverse income streams

New Skills

Skills and expertise to support YLF’s growth


Investment into technology and digital platforms


Secure and suitable accommodation for our future


Development of our brand and marketing resources


Introduction of key competencies with a pay and reward structure

Our Commitment To Safeguarding

The Young Lives Foundation is committed to the safeguarding and well-being of children and vulnerable adults both in society as a whole and in our own operations and activities.

Our safeguarding policies handbook can be read and downloaded below, along with other policies that demonstrate our commitment to high quality and best practice across our services.

What People Say

“You are all such a pleasure to work with and we enjoyed every moment helping you. Thank you for all you do within Kent. I wish you all the best for the future.” Nim, Kent Reliance

“What a wonderful group of people and a fantastic charity. It been an absolute honour helping out. Wishing you many fabulous times to come. Here’s to YLF!” Lisa

“Feel like part of the family, before I worked here, and after! YLF have helped me personally and professionally.” Paddy

What Next?

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Volunteer for Us

If you support our vision, spare some time to volunteer

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Donations are crucial to the delivery of our services. Donate today!

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Support Our Cause

Fundraisers, supporters and partners are vital – can you help?