The Lowry’s Youth Employability and Skills Programme win NYA sponsored award

    Last night at the Children and Young People Now awards 2018, The Lowry’s Youth Employability and Skills Programme won the Youth Work award, sponsored by the NYA. NYA CEO Leigh Middleton presented the award at the gala ceremony in London. The award was judged by a panel of experts and sector professionals as

The Common Third – A Kindred Spirit to Youth Work?

-by Jameel Hadi & Thure Johansen, Treehouse Associates The authors are indebted to Professor Pat Petrie, Professor Emeritus at Thomas Coram Research Unit at UCL and founding member of the Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA) for her expertise, advice and help in editing this article. Treehouse Associates is an organisation which aims to develop and share

Youth Work Week 2018 – The Growth Company’s Akeim Mundell

Day 4 of 2018’s Youth Work Week article series sees The Growth Company celebrating Akeim Mundell and the great work he does through youth work. Akeim shines as a role model for Manchester’s youth This week is Youth Work Week, so we’re putting the spotlight on an amazing person who has committed to making a

Youth Work Week 2018 – Engaging Young People Through Film

In day 3 of our Youth Work Week 2018 blog series, youth organisation IntoFilm discuss their approach to engaging young people through film clubs and empowering them to plan and lead projects through youth work. Engaging with young people can be a challenge for youth workers and educators alike. Whether in the classroom or part of

Youth Work Week 2018 – Centre for Youth Impact Chief Executive Bethia McNeil

Day 2 of 2018’s Youth Work Week article series brings Bethia McNeil, Chief Exec of the Centre for Youth Impact and policy / research enthusiast, and her thoughts on the conceptual challenges of measuring impact and value in the youth sector. Thinking about the value of youth work Writing a half-decent, useful blog on the value

Youth Work Week 2018 – Epic CIC MD Brendan O’Keefe

Kicking off our Youth Work Week article series for this year is Epic CIC Managing Director, Brendan O’Keefe on his youth work awakening. You can also find Epic CIC’s ‘What is Youth Work’ video here   I need to start with a confession. Before joining the world of youth work, my professional career had been

Research roundup – Non-academic skills and Youth Work

A piece from our Research Officer on inital takeaways from Youth Employment’s recent ‘Youth Voice Census Report’    The release of the Youth Employment ‘Youth Voice Census’ highlights many failings in providing young people with employment and careers advice and extra-curricular activities. The most prominent findings are that theses failings are largely gendered and affect

Do you feel the fear? – Youth Homelessness and Joint Working

Many thanks to Centrepoint for this sobering piece on youth homelessness and collaborative working. Some of us like to feel scared… We enjoy Halloween, scary movies, and death defying fairground attractions. We (and I am one of these people) enjoy the adrenaline rush of the (charity) parachute jump, or being primed quivering with anxiety for

World Mental Health Day – Heather and Charlotte on their Mental Health First Aider Training

The National Youth Agency (NYA) is the national body for youth work in England. Heather and Charlotte are both Youth Workers working on The Environment Now programme. The Environment Now programme is an O2’s Go Think Big programme which funded 50 17-24 year olds with up to £10,000 for their digital, environmental projects. The Environment

World Mental Health Day – Charlotte on becoming a Youth Mental Health First Aider

Go Think Big Project Co-ordinator Charlotte discusses how becoming a Youth Mental Health First Aider has helped her to better support young people in her role.   Having studied Psychology at University I have always been interested in human behaviour and throughout my studies I became more and more interested in mental health, not only