FAQs

What is the Patchwork Foundation?
The Patchwork Foundation is a not for profit organisation that helps to engage under-represented, deprived and minority communities within British society through exposure and engagement into the political environment.

What does the Patchwork Foundation do?

  • Master Class Programme: Delivering master classes for youth leaders 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 under-represented communities
  • Conference Programme: organising youth delegations to the four main parties each year, where they get a tour of conference and fringe events, have a master class with a cabinet/shadow cabinet/senior MP and front row seats at the leader’s speech.
  • GetInvolved Programme: campaign training and implementation for youth leaders.
  • Sharing good practice and policy recommendations with appropriate stakeholders
  • Supporting organisations which encourage people to register to vote

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

Who runs the Patchwork Foundation?
The activities are organised by volunteers who have experience with some of the organisations represented on our national advisory board – from graduates of UpRising programmes and 3FF parliamentors to active members from Citizens UK and Operation Black Vote and mentors/mentees from HRH The Prince of Wales’ Mosaic Network.

Who funds the Patchwork Foundation?
There are no significant overheads to run the foundation as it is voluntary organisation, however our CEO salary and office costs are sponsored by the Aziz Foundation.  The costs of running the programmes and events are provided in kind or paid for by generous supporters of the Foundation. Some of the recent sponsors have included KPMG, Norton Rose Fulbright, Ernst and Young and  CCLA.

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

What they say about the Patchwork Foundation?

Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Prime Minster and Leader of the Conservative Party said: “…Parliament should reflect the population we seek to represent. People shouldn’t see Westminster as remote, irrelevant or off-limits to them, they should know that it is something that serves them, something in which they can play a part. That is what the Patchwork Foundation sets out to achieve. Over the past decade, you have touched and transformed the lives of thousands of young people” – See full message here: https://youtu.be/mudGMPvrcRk

Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party said:  ”The Patchwork Foundation’s MP of the Year Award, is not only about making sure we recognise MPs who go above and beyond in reaching out to and working with under represented communities, but it is an important reminder on how much more MPs of all parties need to do more, to engage with those groups.   This is especially important because of the changes to the Electoral Register which will knock off over one million people from the register. The Labour Party have launched the Missing Million campaign and we will work with organisations like Patchwork, Operation Black Vote and many others to ensure there is a mass voter registration drive to ensure everyone who is eligible can vote.  Over the summer we saw a great democratic process within the Labour Party, never before have we seen such a high level of engagement with young people and with people from all different communities.   I remember the hustings the Patchwork Foundation invited me to, I remember how lively and engaging it was and how passionate a room full of young people were so bought into the idea of democracy changing their own and other lives for the better.  Thank you, Patchwork Foundation for all the work you do, it is an honour for me to support you.”

Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, SNP Leader and Scotland’s First Minister  said:  “Patchwork is a loudhailer for the voices of underrepresented groups right across our islands and their Parliamentary Awards recognise the endeavours of individual MPs across the parties who are making efforts to get people from all walks of life engaged in politics.”

Tim Farron MP, Former Leader of Liberal Democrats said:  “The Patchwork Foundation are a fantastic organisation that helps foster equality in all its forms. They provide an invaluable service and something I cannot praise them highly enough for.”

Mr Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow MP said: “These awards (MP of the Year Awards) are prestigious and unique’ and the Patchwork Foundation is a ‘great institution.”

Rt Hon David Cameron, Former Prime Minister and Former Leader of the Conservative Party said: ”I am proud to support the ground breaking work of the Patchwork Foundation.  The organisation has helped thousands of young people from under-represented communities engage in the political process.  From holding community engagement events attended by thousands of people, to small masterclasses with senior political figures, the Foundation is leading the way in making politics more accessible to all, regardless of there you live, where you come from, your age, ethnicity or background.  Patchwork is one of the few organisations I know that trains young people from diverse backgrounds on political campaigning and then helps them to implement those skills on the doorstep through their GetInvolved programme.”

Boris Johnson, Former Mayor of London said: “It was a great opportunity to engage with so many people across London.”

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “The event was amazing …. pulsating with such marvellous spirit.”

Lord Rowan Williams said: “It was an inspiring and energising evening.”

Feedback from young people attending our events:

“Another excellent trip… it helped the students in ways that no classroom experience can compete with. The students were clearly enthused and inspired by the whole experience. It is always a pleasure seeing young people being positively influenced by good role models. I would have to thank you for providing the pupils at our school with such a wonderful opportunity. Thank you.”

“I am extremely thankful …..  I wish to go into politics, any opportunity to meet those who have succeeded in my future ambition is beneficial and enjoyable …… experiences I shall truly never forget. Words cannot describe my gratitude.”

“It was a great pleasure to meet such important people of such great caliber at this wonderful event … I would first like to deeply thank you, for all their efforts in enabling us to meet these prominent influential people. Not only did we learn a great deal of tips and vital qualities essential for business and succeeding in life …. helped me believe in myself and achieve whatever I may pursue in my life.  From this event I can confidently say that I am more motivated and inspired in achieving my future goals I hope to attain in the future. Once again I would like to thank you for this wonderful opportunity!”

“It was a spectacular experience and we got the opportunity to meet lots of MPs and distinguished …. this was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I am very privileged to have been a part of. ”

“It was really great to have our voices heard and for someone of power to answer the questions that we feel so passionately about ….it was inspirational and gave me a clear insight into the world of politics ….. I found it extremely reassuring to hear relevant issues being raised and that someone in government is listening and doing something to help.”

“Hoping to pursue politics in the future, I found meeting the politicians to be an extraordinary experience enabling me to acquire a better understanding of how politics works, and more importantly the type of things I should be doing to achieve my aims …..”

“The event itself was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I was fortunate enough to embrace it and I truly enjoyed the experience. I surely savoured the day and furthermore would love to get involved more in the future.”

“To be able to go to such a spectacular event and meet great people leave me as grateful as one can possibly be  … I thank the organisation from the bottom of my heart …. they gave me a door of opportunities to speak with influential members of society ….. this was truly an extraordinary experience and it has enabled me to get firsthand experience in dealing with politicians and get my questions answered by those who deal in those matters. As an aspiring future politician, I simply cannot stress my gratitude for giving me this opportunity to get out there and get advice from those who have achieved it. Thank you!”

“I have learned a tremendous amount about the world of politics, how to get into politics and most importantly what they will do to make living in the UK a more prestigious, safer and a united place to live in. This will definitely be a day I will never forget both for its intuitiveness and excellence.”

“I found the experience to be very enjoyable and educational. The whole programme was very insightful and productive. The presentation was very organised and all the speakers provided fair and enlightening views about the world of politics and all of them seemed happy to answer our questions.”

“It is very rare for these young people to have opportunities such as this. It is a world that is almost always closed to them and something they feel alienated from. Having an opportunity like this opens their minds, gives them an understanding of their role as a citizen and raises their aspirations as “this other world” becomes accessible and tangible.  I spent a few minutes with the students after the event, and although it was late and they had been at school all day, they were extremely excited, were beginning to network with other guests and did not want to leave. That level of confidence and engagement alone was of significant impact.”

Who has attended and/or spoken at Patchwork Foundation events?

Speaker of the House of Commons
Rt Hon John Bercow MP

Crossbench
Rt Rev. & Rt Hon. the Lord Rowan Williams of Oystermouth – Former Archbishop of Canterbury
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
Baroness Usha Prashar CBE – Honorary President, UK Community Foundations

Conservative Party
Alok Sharma MP
Adam Afriyie MP
Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP
Amanda Solloway MP
Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP
Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP
Andrew Stephenson MP
Angie Bray
Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP
Brandon Lewis MP
Chloe Smith MP
Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP
Claire Perry MP
Rt Hon Damian Green MP
Rt Hon Dominic Grieve MP
Rt Hon David Lidington MP
David Gauke MP
Sir Edward Lister
Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles
Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP
Rt Hon Gavin Barwell
Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP
Rt Hon Greg Clark MP
Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP
James Davies MP
Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP
Jane Ellison MP
Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
Rt Hon Justine Greening MP
Kevin Hollinrake MP
Kevin Foster MP
Kwasi Kwarteng MP
Nick de Bois
Rt Hon Micheal Fallon MP
Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP
Patrick McLoughlin MP
Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP
Penny Mordaunt MP
Cllr Rabia Bhatti
Rehman Chishti MP
Richard Ottaway MP
Ruth Davidson MSP
Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
Stephen Hammond MP
Syed Kamal MEP
Sir Tony Baldry
Victoria Borwick MP
Zac Goldsmith MP

Labour Party
Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP
Afzal Khan MP
Anas Sarwar MP
Rt Hon Andy Burnham
Andy Slaughter MP
Angela Eagle MP
Chi Onwurah MP
Chuka Umunna MP
Clive Efford MP
Dan Jarvis MP
Daniel Zeichner MP
Rt Hon David Lammy MP
Rt Hon Diane Abbott MP
Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP
Fabian Hamilton MP
Fiona Mactaggart MP
George Howarth MP
Gisela Stuart MP
The Late Lord Gulam Noon, Kt, MBE
Helen Hayes MP
Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP
Jamie Reed
Jess Philips MP
John Cryer MP
Jon Ashworth MP
Jonathan Reynolds MP
Karen Buck MP
Kate Green MP
Kate Godfrey MP
Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP
Ken Livingstone
Kevin Brennan MP
Lisa Forbes MP
Louise Ellman MP
Luciana Berger MP
Lynn Brown MP
Rt Hon Margaret Beckett
Naz Shah MP
Rushanara Ali MP
Rt Hon Sadiq Khan
Seema Malthotra MP
Shabana Mahmood MP
Stella Creasy MP
Steve Reed MP
Stephen Doughty MP
Stephen Pound MP
Tony Lloyd
Victoria Groulef MP
Yasmin Qureshi MP
Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP

Scottish National Party
Rt Hon Angus Robertson
Rt Hon Alex Salmond
Kirsty Blackman MP
Neil Gray MP

Liberal Democrats
Rt Hon Vince Cable MP
Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP
Caroline Pidgeon AM
Rt Hon Sir Danny Alexander
Rt Hon Don Foster
Rt Hon Sir Ed Davey MP
Greg Mulholland MP
Jo Swinson MP
John Hemming
John Leech
Julian Huppert
Lester Holloway
Baroness Lynne Featherstone
Mike Thornton
Rt Hon Nick Clegg
Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP
Lord Paddy Ashdown
Paul Burstow
Lord Rumi Verjee CBE
Baroness Sal Brinton
Rt Hon Simon Hughes
Stephen Williams
Tim Farron MP
Tim Gordon
Rt Hon Tom Brake MP

Green Party
Caroline Lucas MP
Caroline Russell AM
Natalie Bennet
Sian Berry AM

Civil Service
Lord Gus O’Donnell
Sir Simon Fraser, FCO
Helen Edwards CBE – DCLG
Mark Carroll – Former, DCLG
Mark Sedwill CMG, Home Office
Melanie Dawes – DCLG

Leading Experts
Andrew Marr – BBC Andrew Marr Show
Amol Rajan – Editor of The Independent
Daniela Pears – Mitvzah Day
David Sheepshanks CBE DL – Chair, UK Community Foundations
Dr Edward Kessler MBE – Woolf Institute
Faisal Islam – Sky News
Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis – Chief Rabbi
Hitan Mehta – British Asian Trust
Laura Marks – The Board of Deputies of British Jews
Lyn Hopkins – Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship
Sir Lynton Crosby AO – CTF Partners
Marc Kielburger - Free The Children
Nicholas Watt – BBC
Neil Jameson – Citizens UK
Pinky Lilani OBE – Asian Women of Achievement and the Women of the Future Awards
Sarah Sands – BBC Radio 4, Today Programme
Shoshana Boyd Gelfand –JHub
Stephen Shashoua –Former 3FF
Sir Stuart Etherington –National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Yousif Al-Khoei OBE – Al-Khoei Foundation

Host / Chair
Fatima Manji – Channel 4 News

Comments are closed.