Isledon develops new models for delivering public services in the UK. We focus strongly on involving users themselves in the co-production of the services they receive.
Skills in the organisation
Our core team is young, energetic, and unswervingly passionate about the values of bottom-up thinking, commercial nous and co-production. We support a team of Youth Ambassadors, 16 young people who co-produce the programme and help run every aspect of the business and buildings. Our Here To Wizards are volunteers, led by our Here To Manager, helping people engage with the website and create new opportunities to support their communities. We also bring the specialist skills of theatre and fitness centre management, together with professional youth work. Our job is helping people run the services they want.
We manage public buildings on behalf of the local authority, including all aspects of facilities management. We hire out our facilities for use by businesses, ad agencies, production companies, charities, public bodies, schools and community groups. The income from these operations is a significant contribution to the work we undertake for social benefit.
We use social marketing extensively to meet the needs of a wide range of demographic groups. We deliver all the support functions necessary for a sound and secure third sector business – HR, finance, marketing, building and plant maintenance, and very sophisticated IT systems and management information.
We manage Platform, a stunning new creative arts venue, Lift, a healthy living hub and Rose Bowl a creative, sports and community centre. Between them they offer Islington’s young people an integrated set of services including careers advice, youth work support, sexual health clinics and apprenticeships alongside fantastic opportunities for fulfilment through theatre, dance, physical activity, cooking, gardening, art, photography and music.
We are Here To start a bold movement in Islington that moves away from volunteering as we know it. By understanding what motivates people and by unlocking their secret skills, Here To empowers residents to use their free time better: to meet personal goals whilst also doing good in their local community.
Our relationships with other like-minded organisations are critically important. We have had close joint ventures with Changemakers, Future Gov and Trestle Theatre. We have also close working partnerships with local organisations to deliver the programmes, such as Pulse, Islington Community Theatre, Roundhouse, London Youth, Global Generation, Alone in London, Access to Sports and iindigo world. We work with people who share our commitment to public service with a difference.
We are running apprenticeships in finance and catering. We are always on the lookout for people with good duty management skills and are interested in hearing from youth workers who share our values.