National Youth Agency’s Leigh Middleton awarded an OBE for Services to Young People
National Youth Agency
by Alex
5d ago
Leigh Middleton, National Youth Agency CEO, has received an OBE for his commitment to the youth work sector, as part of the King’s Birthday Honours list.  OBEs are awarded to recognise people’s achievements and service to the country across a range of areas, including those who have made a marked contribution to civil society. Leigh Middleton, NYA CEO Reacting to his OBE, Leigh Middleton, said: “I’m grateful and honoured to be recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours List.   “As with so many youth workers, I started working with young people 31 years ago when I w ..read more
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NYA takes ownership of BYC assets
National Youth Agency
by Daisy M
1w ago
The National Youth Agency (NYA) has taken ownership of the assets which previously belonged to the British Youth Council and rights to all the BYC programmes, in order to enable young people to continue to have a voice in national and international political fora. Harry Twohig, former Trustee, BYC, said: “I’m delighted that the NYA will be acting as custodian of the assets of the British Youth Council. At a time when young people are being impacted by a host of political and social issues, it is vital that the campaigns and resources built by BYC’s dedicated young people, staff and volunte ..read more
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NatWest Thrive Online – helping young people develop their vision for success
National Youth Agency
by Rachel Mallon
3w ago
NatWest Thrive Online is live! A brand-new digital learning resource for youth workers to help them support young people to define their future goals and build their confidence to get there. Offering six free sessions, brought to life with interactive videos featuring NYA’s youth work specialists, this new online resource is jam-packed with activities and tools to help unlock young people’s vision for success and identify the steps to get there. Developed in partnership with NatWest Bank and Marcus Rashford, sessions have been co-designed with young people and explore topics such as enterp ..read more
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Government secures future of UK Youth Parliament
National Youth Agency
by Daisy M
1M ago
The NYA is pleased to take over the running of UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) for 2024-5, to ensure that the issues which matter to young people can continue to be voiced to local and national government. The UK Youth Parliament was established in 1999 and is made up of more than 300 young people aged 11-18 years, elected as Members of Youth Parliament (MYPS) to represent the views of their peers. It has given thousands of young people opportunities to have a voice in Parliament through meaningful representation and campaigning on vital issues, ranging from climate change to mental health ..read more
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Remembering the legacy of Sue Atkins – a true champion of youth work
National Youth Agency
by Alex
2M ago
I was very sad to hear about the death of Sue Atkins, who was a lifelong advocate for young people and the youth work sector. On behalf of the National Youth Agency trustees and staff, I would like to offer our heartfelt condolences and thoughts to her family, and to the many colleagues who worked with her over the years.   Sue was a member of the NYA’s Education and Training Standards (ETS) committee since April 2009, bringing her forthright and young person-centred views to the business of setting the standards of Youth Work qualifications for England. She was never afraid to ..read more
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Youth work degree apprenticeships, a change maker for the Proud Trust
National Youth Agency
by Alex
2M ago
The Proud Trust is an LGBT+ youth charity empowering young people to be proud of who they are. The Proud Trust delivers youth work and one-to-one support across Greater Manchester. The charity also runs a national training and inclusion programme for schools, Proud Connections Live Chat, and manages Manchester’s LGBT+ Centre: The Proud Place.  Three youth workers from the Trust began the Level 6 degree-apprenticeship in September 2023 at The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).  Fully Funded Course Places  Liam Swanston, Youth Work Manager says that The Proud Trust w ..read more
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Working Together to Safeguarding Children – a pivotal moment for youth work 
National Youth Agency
by NYA
2M ago
by Xyna Prasad, National Safeguarding and Risk Lead  Social Workers, Police and Health quite rightly carry a responsibility for children and young people at risk of harm. What has been less valued in recent years is the involvement of youth workers in developing effective safeguarding interventions to bring about better outcomes.   The publication of the revised Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance by the Department on Education, December 2023, was a pivotal moment in the elevation of the status of youth workers.  Youth workers now feature more prominently i ..read more
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Bespoke Youth Work Curriculum for Jersey launched 
National Youth Agency
by Alex
2M ago
A new youth work Curriculum and toolkit for the Government of Jersey Youth Service was launched on 16 March 2024, to 115 youth practitioners from across the island. The new curriculum standardises youth work practice and provides measurable outcomes of young people being supported by youth work.  Youth work is delivered by a diverse range of organisations in Jersey including voluntary youth organisations and the State of Jersey Youth Service.  The NYA worked closely with youth workers and young people on the island to develop the bespoke Curriculum taking an appreciative enquiry app ..read more
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Youth Work Insight Session: Breaking Stereotypes – Navigating Misogyny with Young Men
National Youth Agency
by Abbee McLatchie, Director of Youth Work
2M ago
Whilst recent headlines reveal that one in five young men who have heard of the self-proclaimed misogyny influencer, Andrew Tate, think favourably of him and that female pupils and teachers are reporting an increase in sexual abuse in the classroom, the sad truth is many young men are struggling with their mental health, feeling lonely and undervalued in their communities. It was no surprise then that our first online Youth Work Insight session, entitled Breaking Stereotypes: Navigating Misogyny with Young Men, brought together over 180 sector professionals to hear from expert ..read more
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Over £90 million in Youth Investment Fund grants will give more young people life-changing opportunities in the most underserved areas of England  
National Youth Agency
by NYA
2M ago
Over £90 million in Youth Investment Fund grants announced for 140 youth centres, which means nearly 20,000 more young people will benefit.   The first new build youth centre funded by the Youth Investment Fund opens its doors to young people in Chichester.    From Plymouth to Gateshead, the Youth Investment Fund is transforming young people’s opportunities to thrive and explore their passions at local youth centres. Youth Centres and young people will be celebrating a Youth Investment Fund grant today. Over £90 million in Youth Investment Fund grants announced today will tran ..read more
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