Update! Summer with Settle

By October 30, 2015News

We’ve had a busy summer and haven’t blogged in a while, so we thought we’d give you an update on what we’ve been up to.


We have an office!

After 6 months of working out of libraries, cafes and Rich’s car, we now have an official HQ. In July we joined the Interchange – a collaborative space that was once an old store room in a housing estate in Euston, London. The Interchange brings together organisations that use design, problem solving and participation to tackle entrenched social issues. We share the space with the brilliant Snook, Spark and Mettle and The Point People.

We give back to the community we’re working in by running local projects and events. In September we helped to run a community BBQ for our neighbours, which went down a treat.

Our first trustee meeting

We had a milestone moment in July, holding our first trustee meeting at the beautiful Bromley by Bow centre.

We’re so grateful for the support and guidance of our wonderful board.

We elected Rob Trimble (CEO, The Bromley by Bow Centre) as our inaugural Chair. Laura Baynton (Head of What Works at the Cabinet Office) is our Secretary and Jack Graham (CEO, Year Here) is our Treasurer.


We’re delighted to announce that we’ve won a number of awards over the past few months. They include:

Beyond Business

Beyond Business is an award-winning incubator for social enterprises. The programme is delivered in partnership with Investec and provides practical support and advice for social start-ups.

The Shackleton Leadership Award

The Shackleton Foundation provides seed funding and support to aspiring social entrepreneurs with the potential to help disadvantaged and socially marginalised young people.

The Network for Social Change

The Network for Social Change is a philanthropic network that provides funding for progressive social change, particularly in the areas of justice, peace and the environment.

We’d like to say a big thank you to Gillie Howarth for championing Settle at the last NfSC conference.

24 Housing Awards

We were nominated for the Community Achievement Award at the 24Housing awards. Although we didn’t win we had a wonderful night with the team from Origin Housing, our delivery partners in North London.



Youth funding network

In June we pitched at a live crowdfunding event organised by the Youth Funding Network.  It was a fantastic evening, with people donating over £1,000 to Settle. A massive thank you to all those who came down to support us.

Check out the video of our pitch here.

The HouseParty ’15

In June, Katie went up to Manchester to run a session on service design at HouseParty ’15. HouseParty is an annual fringe event to the national Chartered Institute of Housing conference. Its aim is to encourage debate, connections and innovation.

Katie talked about the design processes at the heart of our organisation –  from how our curriculum, was developed in response to research on the causes of tenancy breakdown, to how our resources and session design seek to engage, challenge and create a legacy of change.

Origin Summer BBQ

Each summer our partner, Origin Housing, puts on a barbecue in each of its services. We got involved in Enfield, running a tentful of fairground games.

Each activity was related to our curriculum: we had a wheel of fortune that encouraged you to reflect on your health and relationships, and a lucky dip that dared people to carry out acts of kindness for their neighbours.

Housing Camp 2015

Housing Camp is an annual meet up for people interested in doing new, exciting and disruptive things in the housing world.

We had a thought provoking day, exploring everything from the sector’s potential to support people’s mental health to learning about how under-utilised spaces can be transformed to benefit their communities (check out the Middle Ground!).

London Service Design Festival

The Interchange opened its doors to visitors in September with the industry launch in conjunction with London Design Festival. Katie spoke about how design thinking has shaped the Settle programme, keeping impact at the heart of everything we do.

Read the full write up here.


Since March we’ve been working with homeless young people who are moving into their first home.  We have been moved and inspired by the group we’ve worked with.

Even when faced with the most difficult of circumstances, every single person has taken up the offer to make real changes to their lives with determination and bravery.

In June, we created a first impact report to present the achievements we made together.

After the success of our pilot we have broadened our reach, supporting more vulnerable young people who are making the difficult transition to adulthood.

We are now working across 3 London boroughs, supporting homeless young people, young people in care and young refugees who are all making the difficult transition to living on their own.

This summer has been a real whirlwind and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those who’ve supported us along the way. Whether it was meeting for a coffee, making a donation or making a useful introduction – thank you!

Rich & Katie

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