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

Youth Work Summit: major new national report launched in Parliament – Media Release

Supporting young people in the present and investing for the future A major new inquiry reports its findings and recommendations on youth work and youth services, the first such cross-party inquiry since 2010-11 when public spending cuts led to a loss of youth services and dissipation of youth work. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on

NYA Invest in youth work and APPG announce summary findings

Investing in youth work At the Youth Work Summit held in Parliament, NYA launched the NYA Youth Work Academy and NYA Youth Work Research Hub, two new ventures from the NYA which invest in the experience, evidence and national standards for youth work. Each will provide a collaborative learning space for the youth sector and

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

Youth Opportunity Spotlight: Into Film Festival

Our Youth Opportunity Spotlight series endeavours to feature and highlight great opportunities for youth workers and youth organisations to share with their youth groups.  The largest youth-focused film festival in the world, the Into Film Festival aims to put film at the heart of children and young people’s education all over the UK. Now in its

£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