NYA launches Youth Work Week 2015

24 Jul 2015

The National Youth Agency is pleased to announce that Youth Work Week 2015 will be held from 2 – 8 November.Youth Work Week is an annual celebration of youth work and provides an opportunity for youth organisations, youth workers and young people to celebrate their achievements and the impact of their work.

This year the theme of Youth Work Week is Have Your Voice Heard. The campaign aims to highlight the role youth work makes in supporting young people to have their say, express their views and making a contribution to decision making.

The NYA is once again inviting MPs across England to ‘Give an Hour’ to a youth work project in their constituency. By dedicating a short period of time to youth work, local leaders will be able to see first hand the invaluable role youth workers play in their community.

Paul Miller, interim chief executive of the National Youth Agency, comments: “Times are tough in the youth sector with more cuts to local services and nationally little recognition for youth work and its impact on young people. Youth work is often the unsung hero, yet Youth Work Week is an opportunity to give it a voice and force people to sit up and listen.

“Our theme for this year will focus on the role youth work plays in helping young people to speak up and have their say, whether it be by engaging in a democratic process like voting, campaigning in support of an issue or simply expressing their opinions on an issue which matters to them. With a growing momentum that politics and voting should be part of the national curriculum, youth work has a lot to offer the debate.

“Youth Work Week is a time when people from every part of the sector can come together to celebrate and promote what youth workers do and the transformative contribution they are making to young people’s lives.”

The National Youth Agency is calling for youth clubs, organisations and local authorities to get involved in Youth Work Week by holding an event or activity, where possible related to the theme of Have Your Voice Heard.

The Youth Work Week 2015 materials pack can be downloaded from the NYA website. Further information on Youth Work Week can be found here.