Mission and values


Our mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. We have a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.


Our enduring values draw on the beliefs and instincts of our founder, Paul Hamlyn, who believed in a fair society in which people could realise their potential. He built his success as a publisher, comfortable with a degree of risk, by developing new approaches. He was particularly interested in improving opportunities and life chances for young people. He also believed in the importance of everyone having access to the arts. Social justice is the golden thread that links all our work. We hope, therefore, that our work will help particularly to improve and enrich the lives of those who are experiencing disadvantage or are in some way excluded. We seek to reflect these values throughout the areas of activity we support and the ways in which we work.