Ipswich Hope Hack

This initiative is supported by a collaboration between The Hope Collective, Volunteering Matters, the Ipswich Town Foundation, the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, the #iwill Movement, and Youth Switching On Ipswich.

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At the Ipswich Hope Hack on 26 April, young people gathered at Ipswich Town Football Club to develop innovative solutions addressing issues that affect them directly. The Ipswich Hope Hack was a pivotal part of a nationwide initiative by The Hope Collective.

Society has long been preoccupied with categorising and defining issues like youth violence, leading to limited policy and funding approaches. Young people are expressing their fatigue with this focus. Instead, they want to invest their efforts in envisioning a community, a society that tackles the root challenges they encounter, while also leveraging their skills and talents.

Through their Hope Hacks, young people are taking the lead in making this vision a reality. They invite you to take part in this transformative journey alongside them.

At the Ipswich Hope Hack, young people created a series of proposals that span across media and marketing, poverty and inequality, education, and racism and division, showcasing their commitment to creating a positive impact.

Youth developed solutions

Media and marketing

  1. Media Literacy: Educate youth about media fabrication and critical thinking.
  2. Diverse Representation: Ensure media reflects community diversity.
  3. Addressing Root Causes: Clarify that gangs, not drill music, foster crime.
  4. Platform Relevance: Use popular social media like TikTok for outreach.
  5. Co-Creation: Involve youth in content creation.
  6. Positive Narrative: Focus media on positive stories.
  7. Community Engagement: Promote youth-led events like hacks.
  8. Peer Advocacy: Empower peers to advocate for change.
  9. Educational Enhancement: Improve education on issues like fake news.

Poverty and inequality

  1. Political Advocacy: Elect representatives prioritising youth issues.
  2. Community Investment: Boost local business and community growth.
  3. Targeted Support: Offer tailored support to youths in different areas.
  4. Youth-Led Media: Create youth-run media platforms.
  5. Resource Redistribution: Equitably fund support centers.
  6. Social Media Regulation: Regulate platforms to curb negative use.


  1. Tutoring Support: Provide extra tutoring for students in need.
  2. Interactive Clubs: Establish engaging extracurricular clubs.
  3. Improved Transportation: Ensure regular bus services.
  4. Holistic Valuation: Address students’ holistic needs.
  5. Curriculum Reform: Make curriculum more relatable.
  6. Student Ambassadors: Appoint ambassadors for peer support.
  7. Conflict Resolution Focus: Emphasise conflict resolution.
  8. Integrated Services: Link services for comprehensive student support.
  9. Youth Worker Support: Offer one-on-one youth worker support.
  10. Mental Health Signposting: Provide mental health support and signposting.
  11. Transition Support: Aid students during educational transitions.
  12. Opinion Sharing: Use tools for expressing student opinions.
  13. Teacher Training: Train teachers to support diverse needs.
  14. Case Studies Integration: Use case studies for empathy and understanding.
  15. Improved Communication: Enhance teacher communication.
  16. Neurodiversity Awareness: Raise awareness of neurodiversity.
  17. Diversity Embrace: Promote diversity through creative projects.
  18. Student-Led Initiatives: Support student-led projects for inclusivity.

Racism and division

  1. Early Education on Black History: Start teaching black history early.
  2. Diverse Job Opportunities: Ensure job access for diverse communities.
  3. Reform School Curriculum: Include teachings on black achievements.
  4. Anti-Bias Training: Mandate anti-racist training for all.
  5. Promote Positive Representation: Foster healthy discussions on racism.
  6. Health and Wellbeing Support: Provide specialised health care for black communities.
  7. Community Engagement: Improve communication with the black community.
  8. Opportunity Enhancement: Create opportunities for black individuals.
  9. Recognition of Black Achievement: Celebrate black contributions.
  10. Inclusive Education: Promote understanding and respect for all differences in education.

Thank you to these partners for making this event possible

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