ELo + Alex


Elo and Alex started Element in 2016, after meeting through Year Here, a postgraduate course in social innovation. Between us we have experience in arts production, youth work, education, health and social services. As young people ourselves we have a big belief in the creativity of youth and are constantly inspired by the groups we work alongside through Element.

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When Elo was an Employment Support Adviser in a Leaving Care Team, she noticed that the biggest barrier for the young people she was working with was not finding jobs, but sustaining them. Unresolved emotional instabilities made it a lot harder to carry on going into work. When Alex was working in a Pupil Referral Unit, she saw that students struggling to express difficult emotions would manifest this in complex behaviour. It was clear to us that an innovative and creative approach was needed to support these young people in their emotional health and wellbeing.

Element fuses our core beliefs: that emotional wellbeing is the foundation from which to succeed in all other aspects of life; that success comes from clear purpose and motivation; and that creativity is the best way to get there.

We work with an incredible bunch of advisors, creatives, and volunteers who help make Element the best it can be. Their talents and experience stretch across financial strategy to government policy to branding to youth justice to impact measurement to art and design.


Emotional wellbeing should be our starting point. Without it, practical support is not enough for the most vulnerable young people.
— Action for Children

Around 62% of Looked After Children and 72% of those in residential care have some level of emotional or mental health difficulty.
— National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


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