Project information

Bring Out the Best

The Mark Evison Foundation promotes in young people the personal development and wellbeing that comes from challenge. We invite them to design and carry out personally demanding non-academic projects of their choosing, and provide mentoring and financial support to help them realise their projects.

January 2016 - December 2016

Charity information: Mark Evison Foundation

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  • Need


    Young people do not have access to opportunities which allow them to take ownership of their own development or challenge themselves. In the areas we work, young people seldom have opportunities to leave their local areas. We have found that young people often do not feel inspired or motivated to try new experiences. As a result, young people do not grow their ambitions and do not have opportunities to reach their full potential.


    The project will create opportunities for young people in deprived areas of London where few currently exist. Young people will take ownership and embrace challenge at their own level of expertise, through designing and carrying out non-academic projects of their choosing. The project will 'bring out the best' in each young person, improving their confidence, raising motivation, self-esteem and improving their ability to access to further learning, work and other opportunities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support young people to design and carry out personally demanding challenges of their own choosing


    » - Outreach to young people attending schools in socio-economically deprived areas across London and inspire them to challenge themselves personally
    » - Support young people with mentoring so that they can design a personally demanding project of their own choosing
    » - Provide young people with the opportunity to apply for a financial award so that they can carry out their projects
    » - Encourage young people to share their experiences with their peers and the wider community through celebrating and talking about their achievements

    What success will look like

    Outreach and provide mentoring and financial support to young people from socio-economically deprived areas of London, and then ask them to write a report and speak to their peers.

  • Impact


    The project will provide young people with life skills such as organisation, teamwork, communication, traits sustained beyond completion of their projects which can influence further learning or job opportunity. Peers and members of the wider community will benefit through seeing young people of all abilities become strong role models, raising their aspirations. We will ask young people to complete a structured questionnaire, provide a qualitative report, photos, and join our alumni network.


    We do not anticipate any significant risks. There is a small risk that we will be unable to outreach and engage young people to take part in the project. However, this is minimised by our strong relationships with schools across London (we are currently working with over 35 schools), and our ability to outreach to young people through other methods such as online, social media, youth clubs and marketing materials, if necessary, and all of which we already have in place.


    We will report to donors through our annual newsletter which goes to all supporters, regular social media updates, a piece on our website, as well as email updates (every two-months) to let them know about any progress on the project and the success of the project once it has been completed.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Awards Financial awards for young people each worth £500
      £5,000 Staff Costs To provide outreach and mentoring support
  • Background


    The project will take place across London, with outreach across schools in deprived areas, in the following Boroughs, Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Brent, Bromley, Croydon, Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston-upon-Thames, Lambeth, Merton, Redbridge, Southwark, Surrey, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Westminster.


    London has some of the most deprived areas in the UK. There are extremes between areas of wealth and extreme poverty, and many young people living in London do not have the opportunity to leave the areas in which they live, take ownership of their development or have a chance to stretch themselves to their full potential. The project will also benefit the wider community who will be inspired by the achievements of young people.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Foundation has been working across London for six years, and is currently looking to expand its reach and impact. We have a dedicated board of trustees and a small staff team who are passionate about supporting young people to achieve. We are looking to grow our supporter base, as well as engage our existing supporters more regularly to support the Foundation to grow. The Big Give will provide the ideal platform for us to reach and engage with more of our supporters.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Margaret Evision

    Margaret founded the charity following her son's death from a gunshot wound in 2009. She provides inspiration to young people, staff, supporters alike