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Ignite Trust was founded by Revd Simon Jones and his team in 2001 to ’train the next generation’ so that marginalised young people left school with some qualifications and experience in leadership. It was run initially by unpaid volunteers, including Dan Burke who became Director in 2008.

In 2019 the charity changed its name to Ignite Youth.

The name "Ignite" came from the adage that if one tree is set alight in a forest, it creates a chain reaction. Over the years Ignite has helped hundreds of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve a change for the better in their lives, and many have gone on to inspire others to change their lives too.  

Ignite is a progressive, community based youth work charity, that works to improve the lives of young people affected by adversities, such as a lack of employment, exploitation and youth violence; through services, training and advocacy.  Our aim is to ‘engage, empower, transform’.

We are faith based but not faith biased.