UK Youth renews calls to invest in youth work
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by jon.ball@ukyouth.org
1d ago
UK Youth has called for increased investment in youth work after a report revealed cuts to youth services risked creating a “lost generation” of young people. New research by trade union Unison has found funding cuts have led to the closure of more than two thirds of council-run youth centres in England and Wales since 2010, leaving “young people unable to access vital support at a crucial time in their lives”. Unison said: “The loss of so many facilities and the specialist workers who run them has put teenagers at risk of isolation, being swept into gang and knife culture, or taking part ..read more
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Avon Tyrrell grounds Flourishing thanks to volunteer help
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by jon.ball@ukyouth.org
1d ago
The grounds at UK Youth’s outdoor learning centre in the New Forest are flourishing thanks to some extra-special attention. Avon Tyrrell’s 65-acre site, near Bransgore, is benefiting from the work of volunteers from Flourish in Nature, a community interest company, which supports people with additional needs to lend a hand in nature. David Watts, UK Youth director of outdoor learning, said: “Maintaining our grounds is a big task and we are very fortunate to have ongoing volunteering support. “They were a great help in the lead up to Princess Anne’s visit last October – cleaning out the ..read more
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UK Youth and KFC launch Hatch employability programme in Liverpool and Essex
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by jon.ball@ukyouth.org
1w ago
UK Youth and fast-food giant KFC have extended their youth employability programme to youngsters in Liverpool and Essex. Hatch aims to help young people aged 16-24 who have faced barriers to employment, to build their work skills, confidence and land their first job. The roll-out comes as research reveals a lack of opportunities and support available in the North West and South East. The programme offers one-to-one training, support, and practical work experience, with an interview at KFC upon graduation. The Hatch programme has previously been rolled out across Manchester in 2022, as w ..read more
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Fans hail F1 superstar Nigel Mansell after special evening
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by jon.ball@ukyouth.org
1w ago
“True legend”, “amazing evening” and “inspirational”. Those were just some of the comments from the sold-out crowd after UK Youth’s audience with legendary racing driver Nigel Mansell CBE. The Formula 1 star chatted about his career on stage with acclaimed F1 journalist Peter Windsor for more than 90 minutes – before delighting the 200-strong audience as he spent several hours posing for photos and signing autographs afterwards for those in attendance. The event, which took place at the Williams Experience Centre, at the factory home of Williams F1, Nigel’s former team, in Grove, Oxfordsh ..read more
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Alone No More – from youth loneliness to making a difference
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by jon.ball@ukyouth.org
1w ago
This week is Loneliness Awareness Week, a time to highlight the importance of loneliness, isolation and its impact on people, including young people. This year’s theme is Random Acts of Connection, aimed at encouraging everyone to increase those simple, everyday moments of connection which help us feel happier, less lonely and increase our sense of belonging, Here, activitist Molly Taylor explains what led her to set up Alone No More, an initiative dedicated to ensuring no young person faces loneliness alone. Alone No More founder Molly Taylor. This blog first appeared on the Campaign t ..read more
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‘Focus on prevention or risk worse public services and higher taxes’
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by jon.ball@ukyouth.org
1w ago
A new Institute for Government and UK Youth report says whoever wins the general election will be unable to deliver high-performing public services – and keep taxes and debt at sustainable levels – unless it commits to a prevention strategy that limits the rising tide in demand for acute services like hospitals and prisons.   The report sets out how the next government can use the opportunity of a new parliament to shift to a preventative approach to public services that seeks to address and manage citizens’ problems before they reach crisis point. This would reap financial and po ..read more
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GE2024: UK Youth responds to Labour manifesto
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by jon.ball@ukyouth.org
1w ago
National youth work charity UK Youth has welcomed the Labour Party’s recognition of the vital role of youth workers. Among the many pledges in the party’s newly published manifesto, Change, ahead of the general election on July 4, the Labour Party has promised a “new network of youth hubs”, alongside a vow to “increase the engagement of young people in our vibrant democracy, by giving 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in all elections”. Other youth and youth work-related highlights in the manifesto include commitments to: Establish a youth guarantee of access to tr ..read more
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Tackling youth loneliness through hip-hop and poetry
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by jon.ball@ukyouth.org
1w ago
Young people, practitioners and organisations gathered in Bristol in a bid to tackle youth loneliness. The Belong Collective’s third hotspot saw Bristol-based professionals gather at Integrate UK in the city to identify local needs, discuss challenges and find further solutions to tackle youth loneliness. This week is Loneliness Awareness Week, which aims to address the issues around loneliness. Launched by Marmalade Trust, a UK Loneliness charity, it aims to highlight how loneliness can affect our mental health. Delegates at the Belong Collective hotspot event at Integrate UK in Bristol ..read more
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UK Youth teams up with Tempo on summer jobs scheme
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by jon.ball@ukyouth.org
1w ago
UK Youth has teamed up with leading careers company Tempo to help deliver its new pioneering summer jobs programme. National youth work charity UK Youth has been awarded £1.5 million by the Youth Endowment Fund to set up the summer jobs programme. The scheme offers paid employment opportunities and highly skilled youth worker support to 600 young people aged 16-24 facing severe disadvantage and at risk of violence in Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and a number of London boroughs. The scheme offers paid employment opportunities. The programme will provide young people with direct ..read more
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Loneliness awareness week: Plan to tackle youth isolation
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by jon.ball@ukyouth.org
1w ago
This week is Loneliness Awareness Week, a time to highlight the importance of loneliness, isolation and its impact on people, including young people. This year’s theme is Random Acts of Connection, aimed at encouraging everyone to increase those simple, everyday moments of connection which help us feel happier, less lonely and increase our sense of belonging, writes Kate Roberts, UK Youth policy manager. This update shares how policy is being shaped around the loneliness agenda and how the upcoming General Election may impact this. Research has found people aged 16-24 are more likely to ..read more
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