About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

Date started: Feb 2013
Website: www.mindofmyown.org.uk
Twitter: @MindOfMyOwnApp
Location: London but operates nationwide

We create fully accessible apps that provide a unique digital solution to advancing universal children’s rights. Mind Of My Own apps are designed and conscientiously co-produced with young people for young people. We embrace the fact that children and young people are experts by experience and harness their energy every step of the way through our co-production approach to development. 

Mind Of My Own is committed to democratising and improving the life chances of marginalised groups of young people, by offering routes into work through co-production, workshops, immersion experiences and employment opportunities.  

Better care happens when children are better listened to. At Mind Of My Own, we believe that young people should always be able to participate fully in their lives and it should be easy for them to speak up anytime they want.

We are two directors with a team of seven full-time and two part-time in-house staff, a range of retained freelancers and a third party contractor, Neontribe, that is our development partner with a team of product manager, coder/developers and technical experts. Mind Of My Own sits at the heart of a strong community of support where practitioners come together to share and learn in the quest to develop truly child-centred communities.

Since its inception Mind Of My Own is now used in over 75 organisations, over 10,000 workers have an account and in excess of 27,000 views of children and young people heard. We are striving for continuous improvement.