Our Funding

We are funded by the Lankelly Chase Foundation (or Lankelly Chase). 

Lankelly Chase has a vision, shared by many, of a society

where everyone has the opportunity to live a rewarding life.

They believe that we’ve all got a shared humanity and given

the right conditions, everyone can thrive.

They’re an independent foundation working in partnership with people and groups across the UK.


Their aim is to change the systems that perpetuate severe and multiple disadvantage.


How it works

Our core funding is reviewed each year by members of the Enabling Team and Lankelly Chase staff. There are separate annual funding pots dedicated to each working group and initiatives.

Throughout the year we also use a ‘Proposal’s Process’ to gain extra backing for various pieces of work across the York system. This process allows members of the Network to put forwards new and innovative ideas which aim to change the way things usually work.

We are transparent in relation to all funding we receive.

Please don’t hesitate to call or email us for more information.

Lankelly Chase’s Values


Real change takes tenacity, kindness and commitment. They work with humility and the knowledge that there are no simple answers.


They want to build relationships based on shared humanity, kinship and respect. They are always open to new ideas and evidence and they share whatever they learn for the benefit of everyone.


They want to find out what really works. They challenge assumptions and they use feedback as a powerful tool for learning.

Lankelly Chase - System behaviours

Lankelly have identified core behaviours that help systems function better for people facing severe and multiple disadvantage.

We aim to adhere to these.

Through observing, Lankelly Chase has seen that:

  • it is the presence of these behaviours (more than any specific methodology), that seems to account for positive change

  • these behaviours need to be present and continually promoted in every part of the system.

These behaviours are about perspective, power and participation.


1. People view themselves as part of an interconnected whole

Everyone working towards positive change understands that their actions form part of a web of activity made up of the contribution of many others. Everyone wants the system as a whole to work, and knows they cannot control it.


2. People are viewed as resourceful and bringing strengths

Everyone is viewed as bringing both strengths and weaknesses as part of a resourceful network of people who are continually growing and learning from each other.


3. People share a vision

People appreciate each other’s perspectives and seek common purpose and understanding.


1. Power is shared, and equality of voice actively promoted

All people are able to play their fullest role in building an effective system. Unequal distribution of power, including structural inequality, is continually addressed.


2. Decision-making is devolved

Those people closest to a complex situation are free to engage with its uniqueness and context and to use their initiative to respond to it.


3. Accountability is mutual

System improvements are driven by accountability to the people being served. The people being served are supported to take responsibility for their own change.


1. Open, trusting relationships enable effective dialogue

People feel safe to ask the difficult questions, voice disagreement and deal with the conflict and uncomfortable emotions that surface.

2. Leadership is collaborative and promoted at every level

Leadership is identified and valued as much in the person experiencing interlocking disadvantages and the frontline worker, as in the CEO or commissioner.

3. Feedback and collective learning drive adaptation

People can see a learning loop between the actions they take and their understanding of the problem they are trying to solve, so that each is being continually adapted and refined.