The Patchwork Foundation is a registered charity. Our mission is to promote, encourage and support the active participation of young people from under-represented, disadvantaged and minority communities in British democracy and civil society through exposure and engagement in the political environment.

We run a number of programmes and activities that provide young people with opportunities to develop their knowledge of the political sector, whilst building skills. Our core programmes are:

  • Masterclass Programme: Delivering masterclasses for young people with senior political figures;
  • Events: Enabling engagement events for communities that include senior community, local government and political figures;
  • MP of the Year Awards: Organising the MP of the Year Awards to acknowledge and reward those MPs who work well with underrepresented communities
  • Conference Programme: organising youth delegations to the three main parties each year, where they get a tour of conference and fringe events, have a masterclass with a cabinet/shadow cabinet/senior MP and seats for the leader’s speech.
  • GetInvolved Programme: campaign training and implementation for youth leaders.
  • Sharing good practice and policy recommendations with appropriate stakeholders

Important: Please note Patchwork events and programmes are only open to those aged 18 and above. Patchwork does not take any responsibility for attendees or participants.

The Patchwork Foundation is funded by a combination of grant-giving charities, corporate sponsorships and donations. To see a full list of our supporters and donors please see the Corporate Patron page.

Registering to attend a Patchwork Foundation event means you have acknowledged that the event may be filmed and photographed and you have given permission for these images to be used by the Patchwork Foundation in publicity material.