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

£900k awarded to engage young people with heritage parks

£900k awarded to engage young people with heritage parks Leading community, greenspace and youth charities, Groundwork, Fields in Trust and National Youth Agency, have today launched ‘Future Proof Parks’, a £900k National Lottery-funded programme that will engage friends of park groups with young people in an innovative bid to protect heritage parks. Future Proof Parks

NYA CEO Leigh’s thoughts on the Civil Society Strategy

Last weeks Civil Society Strategy can be found in full here, or please find our summary of the key sections for the youth sector here.  At last we have the long-awaited government Strategy for the Civil Society. It’s not the ‘Youth Statement’ many have longed for, but it is to be welcomed as a Government

A Youth Sector Summary of the Civil Society Strategy

Please see below our summary of the 123 page newly published Civil Society Strategy. Note: This summary simply highlights and reorganises the Civil Society Strategy, this is not a critique or comment from the NYA on the document. You can find our comments here and the full .gov document here We have pulled out the

An NYA response to the Civil Society Strategy

NYA endorses the proposed review on statutory youth service guidance NYA welcomes plans in today’s Civil Society Strategy to review the guidance handed from government to local authorities on what constitutes an appropriate youth service, and hopes that further details and timescales will be made available soon. Chief Executive, Leigh, said “We are pleased to

NYA Bid Farewell to Longstanding Trustee and Chair, Michael Bracey

After nearly ten years as a trustee, three as chair, Michael Bracey will step down from the Board of the National Youth Agency. In a letter to colleagues, supporters and fellow Board Members, Michael paid tribute to “all those excellent people I’ve had the pleasure of working with at the NYA. This includes two other

NYA Investment Call For Youth Workers

Response to the Labour Party Statutory Youth Service consultation Leigh Middleton, Chief Executive, National Youth Agency (NYA): “Investment in youth work is vital to support and develop the life skills and opportunities of young people. We welcome the Labour Party’s consultation and recognition of the need for quality youth services, enabling access to both open

Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision Green Paper Findings – A brief response

The Government has this week released its findings to the recent consultation on Children’s Mental Health.[1] The report provides very little space for youth work or youth workers in its findings, preferring instead to focus on the provision of mental health support and care in schools and the NHS; a path that was clear from