Our vision is for a world where young people thrive because they know about and can access the right services and opportunities for them, whether that is meeting specific needs for support, allowing them to pursue their passions or helping them progress their careers. We believe that accessing this information should be as easy as getting information on commercial services.
This work seeks to reduce such barriers by improving the information available about such services to both charities and young people. We believe this will allow young people to better able to find support whenever they need it. This is possible through better use of collaboration and technology, that is scalable, efficient, and focused on young people and their needs.
We have now launched our progressive web app!
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We have used a human-centred design approach and focused on testing throughout. We are working in partnership with young people and organisations from across the UK.
The project began with an initial discovery phase. What was important to young people? What was missing in what was out there? What did they want to help them? What did they want the app to look and feel like? Through user personas, focus groups, 1-2-1 interviews, and input throughout from our steering group of young people, we tested and developed a proof-of-concept progressive web app.
This work is designed to test the hypothesis that a progressive web app can help young people discover services and opportunities in their local area. We are continuing to test which aspects of the web app are most important for improving knowledge of and access to services.
Research the challenges facing young people
Over twelve months, we worked with a group of young people experiencing multiple disadvantages in the London Borough of Camden. We sought to understand their experiences—as told in their own words—and identify how digital technology could help.
Identify a key challenge and explore it further with young people
This phase was all about responding to the need for better support for young people we found in phase one. But we also want to go further, by triggering a shift in how the social sector approaches challenges like this.
Build and test a potential solution with young people
Working alongside, young people, charities and Lambeth Council we developed a proof of concept in the form of a progressive web app that helps young people to discover services and opportunities in the local area. We wanted to test whether a user-led progressive web app could better connect young people to services.
Launch, test and scale
We have launched our progressive web app, and now shares data with Lambeth’s Family information Service, so young people can find support and opportunities near them. Visit mybestlife.app. The current phase focuses on exploring where the most value can be found with the app and where we can take it now.