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Youth Work Unit Yorkshire and the Humber
6th October 2020      Twitter @YouthWorkUnit
Youth Work Unit News
Yorkshire and the Humber News
National News
Eurodesk Opportunities
Reports and Studies
Events, training & opportunities
Youth Work Vacancies
Blogs and Comment


Representing our Sector

  • Understanding the Youth Endowment Fund - Event 
  • BBC Children in Need Funder Collaboration - Meeting
  • DCMS Youth Voice Partners - Meeting
  • Education and Training Standards Committee. 
  • National Network of Regional Youth Work Units - Meeting
Opportunities for Young People
West Yorkshire & Harrogate Care Partnership are looking to recruit Young People to be part of their youth advisory board  
click here for more information 
deadline midnight 7th October 

Brexit? Black Lives Matter? Lockdown? What's your identity?
The current generation of young people in the UK represent an increasingly diverse group comprising a wider range of intersecting identities than ever before. Significant political events such as Brexit and austerity have contributed to making young people’s identities increasingly relevant and politically contentious.
This national survey looks at identity, and how it is understood by young people and the people that work with them. It consists of four parts; about you, understanding identity, perceptions of young people's identity, and identity in practice. It should take around 10 minutes to complete. 
National Youth Agency - New Career Platform

The National Youth Agency are creating a brand new online career and opportunities platform designed by young people, for young people. They want to create a space where young people (16-24 year olds) can go to understand more about themselves, their aspirations, their career goals and how to achieve them.
With career experiences and training opportunities available via the platform, they hope to support young people to reach their full potential and build their skills so that they can progress within the workplace or sector of their choosing.
 They would like young people’s help to design the new brand and explore what content and opportunities could be included on the platform.
Warm Home Discount Scheme for care leavers
Care leavers could be entitled to £140 off their electricity bill for Winter 2020 to 2021 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme. There are several ways that someone can qualify. Care leavers could qualify under the ‘Broader Group’ category – if they are on means tested benefits - but in all cases, they must be named on the electricity bill or account of a participating energy supplier

The 2020 National Poetry Competition run annually by The Poetry Society since 1978, is one of the most prestigious poetry competitions for a single unpublished poem. Open to all poets worldwide aged 18 or over. With a top prize of £5,000, this year’s judges are Neil Astley, Karen McCarthy Woolf and Jonathan Edwards. Entrants from NW England are also eligible for the Peggy Poole Award to win a year’s mentorship with Vona Groarke. Enter online by midnight on 31 October 2020 at

Calling all young activists and changemakers! Want to make a difference by mobilizing other young organizers to address an injustice in their community? Apply to join the @PeaceFirstOrg Ambassadors Program! Learn more and apply here:
The #YoungAndBlack campaign, launched by UK Youth, My Life My Say, The Diana Award, and activist Jermain Jackman, follows appeals from young people who felt they didn’t have the opportunity or even the right to share their thoughts and experiences on racism. Over the next month, UK Youth will host a series of youth-led online events to direct the conversation around topical issues and to celebrate the achievements of young Black people. Read more
International Day of the Girl 2020
"My voice, our equal future."
 on Zoom Sunday 11th October 2-3.30pm. It’s for any girls and young women aged 11-18 in Leeds
Want to influence businesses, brands and the government? Beatfreeks want to hear from 16 - 25 year olds across the UK. Tell them about your lives and fill out the 2021 National Youth Trends survey today.
If you complete the survey and leave your contact information, you have the chance of winning a £100 voucher for a shop of your choice. There are a total of five vouchers, so chances are good. 
You can get involved by filling out this survey.

Or, if that’s not for you, you can Drop Your Thoughts. This is a way to send us any information you like, in a form which suits you, about what its like to be a 16-25 year old in the UK today. This could be anything from an article you’ve read about fast fashion, to a voicenote about what it feels like trying to make it in the music industry, to a bit of text about why you think representation is important. Fill out the linked form, then submit via email or whatsapp.

Plus there's a chance to win one of five £50 Amazon vouchers  Click here to take the survey,

if you're interested, then complete this survey  The deadline for applications is October 16th 2020.


Their guides offer writing prompts and discussion points based on previous winning poems of the National Poetry Competition, and you can download them all for free on our resources page.


This research project is for people aged 16 - 25 living anywhere in the UK.
Yorkshire and the Humber News
Covid19 has had a disproportionate effect upon the lives and future prospects of Sheffield’s children and young people. The city’s youth-led voluntary sector have pulled together a report on this impact through the Children and Young People’s Partnership Network: Youth Voice Matters Report. Please find attached a copy of the report.
We are calling on all statutory and voluntary sector organisations and leaders to work with us to ensure our City is doing the best we can to support young people. 
The key recommendations are around
  1. Mental health
  2. Education
  3. Employment
  4. Youth services
  5. Racial equity
Leeds Crime Reduction Network has launched 
Video Resource -  Understanding and responding to youth criminality toolkit

As part of the Early Intervention Youth Fund (EIYF) and Programme Precision, a video toolkit has been created by West Yorkshire Police as a resource to look at the current issues young people may experience or have experienced around criminality.
Concerns such as involvement in drugs, drug addiction and violence are discussed in a real life based format.
There are 3 videos that make up the toolkit:
1.           Pathways into criminality
2.           Drug addiction
3.           Early intervention / diversionary work
Each video has a lesson plan and activity for delivery in groups.
The toolkit can be delivered by WYP Officers/Staff and externally by teachers, youth workers etc. 
You can find the toolkit on the link below:
latest episode of Getaway Girls TV is out, this time we interviewed the wonderful JoJo from Capital Radio. JoJo  is so inspiring and has been patron for Getaway Girls for many years  Check it out here: 
Our Regions Youth and Community Degree Courses are looking for placement opportunities for their students
please contact either or the courses direct if you would like r more information.  
The University of Huddersfield - Jean Hatton (
National News
National Youth Agency update - Youth Sector and Test & Trace App
Following the latest Government update, the youth sector remains at AMBER on the readiness framework. From Thursday 24 September 2020, all youth sector venues are required, by law, to display a QR code linked to the NHS Test and Trace mobile app. Only one per venue is required. If using a shared venue, the owner of the venue should provide this. Contact NYA Guidance at
Young people as diligent about COVID-19 measures as older people, survey finds    A new survey, a poll of pandemic behaviour of nearly 12,000 respondents from more than 130 countries, found that 18 to 25-year-olds were only marginally less likely to take regular measures to protect themselves than those aged 45 or older. In fact, young people in some countries, such as the UK, made up the age group that was most compliant with new hygiene rules and restrictions. While young people tended to be less worried about the health risks of COVID-19 than the over-45s, they were more stressed by the experience of living through a global pandemic. "Contrary to the stereotype of young people ignoring social distancing, we found younger and older people all over the world are actually similarly engaged in counter-coronavirus behaviours”, said Tilman Brück of the Berlin-based International Security and Development Center, which initiated the Life with Corona survey.
Charities call on Government to tackle declining student mental wellbeing
A new charity wide-report has found that young people’s mental wellbeing has declined during the COVID-era and has called on the Government to act. COVID-19 uncertainty has presented unique challenges for education with digital poverty, lockdown anxiety, and lack of support affecting students and teachers. These theme were highlighted in the first annual report by the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition (CYPMHC), a joint campaign of nationwide charities, which said that there are signs that COVID-19 has exacerbated underlying mental health problems of young people. Charities in the report voiced their concerns that early mental health interventions were hampered during lockdown, and that post-lockdown 88% of youth services said that they are likely, or very likely to be reducing their services to young people - and all this after the decade-long budget squeeze on youth services.  Poverty was also addressed as an important factor in student’s education attainment, and its impact on their mental health during lockdown 

Black working-class pupils unfairly excluded in England, thinktank warns
An Institute of Race Relations (IRR) report focusing on London says government responses to inner-city youth rebellions and moral panics over serious youth violence and knife crime have led to black pupils disproportionately being sent to pupil referral units (PRU) and alternative provision (AP). Young black Caribbean boys are nearly four times more likely to receive a permanent school exclusion and twice as likely to receive a fixed-period exclusion than the school population as a whole, making them the most excluded group apart from Gypsy and Traveller children. A government spokesperson said: “We know some groups of children are more likely to be excluded than others, and we expect teachers to look at how to address underlying causes of disruptive behaviour in order to avoid excluding where possible, while also keeping schools safe and disciplined for all

The Digital Divide: Internet access for care leavers
This report was undertaken in partnership with the Network of Regional Youth Units and the National House Project. This work gathered the views of 90 care experienced young people on their digital access during Covid19. The focus for the review was to gain insight into the impact of digital exclusion on young people and influence future planning and delivery to ensure that young people are not adversely affected by digital poverty in the current climate.
Catch 22 - Keep Care Leavers Connected  A group of more than 30 charities and youth organisations have come together in an open letter to MPs, calling for extended provision of digital devices and internet access for care leavers to enable them to thrive when living independently for the first time, and to reduce the impact that digital poverty can have on their futures. Join by signing the online petition.
Eurodesk opportunities
Eurodesk UK provide information for young people aged 13-30 on the different opportunities available and an insight into what it’s like to take part in European youth projects.   
For adults working with young people, there is support including resources, and information and training linked to youth work. They also support young people directly through the European Youth Portal which includes an ‘Ask a question’ service

Time to Move is a collection of online and physical events all over Europe during October. The activities are organised by Eurodesk experts who are available to give personalised guidance on international opportunities. 
Time to Move - T-shirt competition
For this campaign Eurodesk is inviting young people between 13 and 30 years old and from one of the eligible countries, to design a Time to Move themed T-shirt that best represents the spirit of the campaign, share it with Eurodesk and have a chance to learn something new with a 1-year Skillshare Premium subscription. Deadline is Saturday 31 October.
Pool of European Youth Researchers (PEYR)
The Pool of European Youth Researchers (PEYR) is a unique initiative on the European level and represents a contribution of both the Council of Europe and the European Commission to evidence based policy-making in the field of youth. PEYR is used by both the European Commission and the Council of Europe, but is also open to any other interested stakeholder as a source of expertise and knowledge on youth. Interested researchers are invited to fill in the application form, providing their CV, and a proof of recent writing in English. Deadline is Wednesday 14 October 2020.
The application form and guide for applicants for Partnerships for Creativity (KA227) are now available. In response to COVID-19, the European Commission announced a call for Partnerships for Creativity focusing on skills development and inclusion through creativity and the arts.
The deadline is 29 October 2020, 11am (UK time).
Reports and Studies
Danny Kruger MP - Levelling Up Our Communities Report
Levelling Up our Communities details proposals for a new social covenant and sets out a vision for a more local, more human, less bureaucratic, less centralised society in which people are supported and empowered to play an active role in their neighbourhoods. The report highlights that it is estimated that up to a million young people may face unemployment in the coming years. The following proposals seeks to alleviate the crisis facing young people by giving them a leading role in the national recovery. They include:
  • There should be a programme within the Kickstart scheme designed to deploy up to 100,000 young people on a range of social and environmental projects. Young people would be paid via Kickstart to do this work, which could be full-time or (for those in training or employment) part-time
  • Funding for the individual work placements is available from the Kickstart scheme. Additional funding for management, training etc, could be found from a range of current budgets, including NCS, the National Tutoring Programme for schoolchildren, the Youth Investment Fund, and the Apprenticeships Levy.
  • In addition to their salary via Kickstart, young people could benefit from extra advantages through the Volunteer Passport system, including a digitally delivered skills offer, with an online training curriculum.
 Propose a major new endowment - the Levelling Up Communities (LUC) Fund - to provide a permanent source of income for the UK’s communities.  Estimates suggest a sum of at least £2 billion is sitting in dormant insurance accounts and other financial products 
Kings College London - Managing through COVID-19: the experiences of children's social care in 15 English local authorities
This report examines the arrangements introduced in 15 local authority children's social care departments in England during the coronavirus pandemic. Discusses: referrals of concerns about children's welfare; working with families in a pandemic; contact with families; child protection conferences; contact between children and birth families; foster care; placements; care leavers and unaccompanied young people seeking asylum; residential homes; and multi-agency working.
Child Poverty Action Group - Low-Income Parents Relying on Child Benefit for Household Basics
The research, from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), is based on a survey of 1,000 parents receiving child benefit in summer 2020. The findings were compared with the results of a similar survey conducted in 2012. Parents were asked to select all items or services they used part or all of their child benefit to pay for.
Key survey findings 2020:
  • 28% of parents receiving child benefit said they now spend it on day-to-day living/general expenses, up from 2 per cent in 2012
  • 14 per cent reported spending child benefit on bills, up from 4 per cent in 2012
  • 33 per cent are spending it on food in 2020, up from 26 per cent in 2012
  • Fifteen per cent of parents today spend child benefit on baby products/formula milk/nappies/wipes compared to 9 per cent in 2012
  • Today just less than a quarter (23%) spend it on clothes/shoes for children (down from 51% in 2012).
Child Poverty Action Group is calling for a £10 weekly increase in child benefit to ensure that parents can protect their children from hardship. While the pandemic has made finances even tighter for families, there was no targeted extra support for children in the Government’s economic response, besides a temporary extension of free school meals replacement vouchers
A New Direction: Artsmark Partnership Programme.  This is an Arts Council endorsed network of organisations who are devoted to bringing great arts and cultural opportunities to children and young people. The Artsmark Partner Marketplace is an opportunity for schools, arts and cultural organisations, and freelancers to connect. This will be the first virtual marketplace. Find out more about the Artsmark Partner Programme here.
Public Health England -- published a report Vulnerability in childhood: a public health informed approach on public health approaches to improving outcomes for vulnerable children. The report looks at identifying and meeting needs, reducing risk and building protective factors. It also outlines PHE resources that can be used to inform multi-agency approaches to addressing childhood vulnerability. PHE have also published an additional report describing the extent and nature of vulnerability in childhood in England.
StreetDoctors, Redthread and MAC-UK surveyed young people who use their services to find out how lockdown affected their lives and their communities, and how we as a nation could better support them. The report, Living Through a Lockdown: Reflections and recommendations from young people at risk of serious violence, offers insights into the experiences of some of the UK’s most vulnerable young people, and makes urgent recommendations for local and national leaders
Prince’s Trust - Aspirations Gap.  According to this research, which surveyed 2,000 16 to 25 year-olds across the UK, more than a third of young people (39%) claim to have abandoned their aspirations for the year ahead, with this increasing significantly among those young people surveyed who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs). The research, carried out by Censuswide, also shows how 41% of young people believe their future goals now seem “impossible to achieve”, with this rising to half (50%) of those surveyed from poorer backgrounds. More than a third of young people (38%) feel they will "never succeed in life", and this increases to almost half (48%) of those surveyed from poorer homes.
Young Women’s Trust: No Young Woman Left Behind  This campaign is centred around looking at the economic impact of coronavirus on young women as they are often at the back of the queue. Young Women’s Trust want the government to set out a clear jobs plan for young women. As part of this they are calling on them to: 
  • Make employers publish their redundancy data by protected characteristics like age, sex or race so we can see who is being impacted by job losses.   
  • Monitor and publish data on who takes up the government’s Kickstart job placement scheme, broken down by industry as well as by sex, age and race.  
  • Immediately commit to restarting gender pay gap reporting for 2021/22 - which was suspended in March. 
They are asking people to support the campaign by emailing their local MP
The Government’s response to COVID-19: human rights implications
The House of Commons and House of Lords Joint Committee on Human Rights has published a report on findings from its inquiry into the Government’s response to the coronavirus crisis in the UK. The report covers: children’s social care, children and the right to education; prisons, young offender institutions and secure training centres; and the impact on children with mothers in prison
Events, training & opportunities

Open Access Work - A Discussion

Join Partnership for Young London for a discussion about Open Access Youth Work and their report A Narrative  Review of Impact
Date    14th October 2020
Time    2.00 - 4.00pm
Visit their events page to book.
This recent research report looking at the available evidence on the impact of open access youth work has added to the strong narrative emerging from other research (particularly in Scotland). This narrative highlights the role of open access youth work in young people’s lives, including their learning and development, health and wellbeing, safety, and relationships. It also draws out the ‘features’ of open access youth work that contribute to impact. But how should we use this narrative? How can it support and improve the quality of practice? How can it influence future investment into open access youth work? What does it mean for how we evaluate open access youth work in the future?
This session will have presentations from:

  • Bethia McNeil – Centre for Youth Impact

  • Tania de St Criox – King College London

  • Phoebe Hill – Researcher

There will also be a panel with representation from DCMS, the National Youth Agency, the Regional Youth Units to talk through the impact of this research and the need to raise the profile of youth services
New Training from the Network of Youth Work Units - check out the events page  

Detached Youth Work - Scenario planning covering range of issues such as substance misuse, street ASB and violence, age and being peers of young people, criminalisation of young people for being outside, partnerships, off duty boundaries. 

·         Session 1  - 14th October -  2.00 - 3.30 pm  book here

·         Session 2   - 21st October  - 2.00 - 3.30 pm book here

·         Session 3  - .4th November  - 2.00 - 3.30 pm  book here 

·          Session 4 -   11th November - 2.00 - 3.30 pm book here

Trauma Informed Youth Work  - 

Introduction to Becoming a Trauma Informed Organisation  -  26th October 11.00 am - 12.30 pm    book here
A session for managers, trustees and directors providing an introduction to developing a trauma informed organisation for staff and beneficiaries. This session provides an overview of the concept of trauma informed practice, highlighting its benefits and evidence base and outlining the training available to staff via PYL through a series of online webinars. 

 Developing Trauma Awareness  -  2nd November 11.00 am - 12.30 pm  book here 
1Understanding psychological trauma
2. Understanding developmental trauma
3. Post-traumatic growth
4. Self-care and psychological resilience 

 Developing Trauma Informed Practice  - 7th December 11.00 am - 12.30 pm  book here 
1.Introduction to trauma informed practice 
2. Integrating the 6 trauma informed principles to practice 
3. Using the SENSE model to structure trauma informed interventions

 Therapeutic Skills and Creative Ways of Working  -  14th December 11.00 am - 12.30 pm book here 
 1. Key skills for therapeutic practice
2. Creative ways of working
3. Working with loss and bereavement

C&YP Now – Online conference, 2nd-5th November 2020: Youth Work in the 2020s: Policy, Practice & Opportunities. for information & registration click here 

the Centre for Youth Impact is recruiting new organisations to join the Youth Programme Quality Intervention pilot.   Following a COVID-induced pause, they are restarting the Youth Programme Quality Intervention (YPQI) pilot, an innovative observation-based quality of practice process, developed in the US by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.  Training and support will be provided free of charge, and predominantly delivered online. Focusing on quality coaching and understanding the relationship between quality and impact initially, alongside working with pilot organisations to understand more about their provision during social distancing.  For more details and an opportunity to talk the programme thought complete this brief for

Youth Work Vacancies
Care Leaver Internship Scheme  2020 applications are now open for the Civil Service’s paid internship for care leavers. Their paid internships are available at two levels: Administrative Officer (typical salary £17,400 per annum); you will be working in a supporting administrative role with no line management responsibilities, and typically within a team structure. Executive Officer (typical salary £20,000 per annum); you will be involved in problem solving, business planning and policy making within Government. They usually work within a supportive team structure, under the direction of relevant team leaders. They can also hold individual responsibility for pieces of work within a programme or project. Those that apply unsuccessfully for the Executive Officer role may be considered for the Administrative Officer role. Apply here
closing date  11:55 pm on Monday 12th October 2020
Suicide Postvention Practitioner for 16-25 year olds
Hours: 30 hours per week
Salary: £25,000 - £28,000 Pro-rata (Dependent on Experience) 
­­­­­­­­­­­Contract: 12 months fixed term1
Fully funded by the Mental Health Provider Alliance, based with Young Lives Consortium and working closely with Star Bereavement
For full details on job roles and responsibilities, please email for an application pack  closing date 16th October 5 pm    Shortlisting begins: Week commencing 19th October.

The new Youth Work curriculum is now live. The curriculum will enable a greater understanding of youth work practice, provide an educational framework and act as a reference tool to be used by decision makers, policy makers, commissioners, youth workers and young people. Youth Focus North East are part of the development team for this important document.

Download your copy of The National Curriculum here. 

For further information and to address common questions about the Curriculum, the working panel held an hour long webinar session; visit this page to watch the webinar recording.

Approaches to Youth Participation in Youth & Community Work Practice - a new publication from CAYWA 

Free online workshops for your group, available now from UK Parliament Your local outreach officer can deliver a free, private and tailored session for your group on how UK Parliament works, campaigning for change and how to influence decisions made in Westminster. Book now

Sign up to get your free UK Parliament Week kit  UK Parliament Week (1-7 November) Sign up today for your free kit and digital goodies

Wanted! Venue for a travelling display -The Journey to Democracy is a travelling display from the Parliamentary Archives, exploring the role of protest groups such as the Chartists and the Suffragettes, and legislation that followed. It’s available in Welsh and English. At present we are looking for expressions of interest from venues for hosting in 2021.  Email for details.

While Youth Work explores and develops a mix of face to face (if socially distanced) & online delivery, CEOP & ThinkuKnow have a range of useful resources for professionals, young people and families around staying safe online. 

Working with young people digital resource hub hosts a huge range of resources for digital youth work. It’s helpfully arranged by resource type (training, apps, podcast, article, etc.) as well as by different themes, such as wellbeing, ‘everyone included’, and consent. The hub has been created by YouthLink Scotland with support from key partners.

UK Youth are sharing their platform and curating a range of events, led by Black organisations and voices for more information click here  in addition UK Youth have created their #YoungAndBlack media pack. including; 

How to get involved in the #YoungAndBlack
What UK Youth are currently doing
What other organisations are doing in collaboration with #YoungAndBlack
Social media resources

Life Skills created with Barclays, has one single-minded ambition – to inspire young people to get the skills they need for a better future. They work with teachers, parents and businesses to help young people build a job-hunting toolbox, identify skills and gain experience. Sign up to be a part of LifeSkills. It’s free..

Reed are supporting the care leaver community by offering a guaranteed interview to any care leaver that applies for one of their specialist recruitment internships which run across the country.

National Youth Advocacy Service Side by Side Leaflet  A leaflet summarising the Side by Side programme that aims to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness for care leavers and to bridge the gap between leaving care and finding their own way in the world.

Financial Entitlements for Care Leavers   This lists support for care leavers aged 18 and over, that young people may be entitled to or can apply for. It is from a series of free factsheets for young people with care experience, produced by Become.

Young People’s Project  The Care Leavers’ Association (CLA) have set this up so that younger care leavers can get the necessary advice and skills to get on in life.  They offer advice and support on Leaving Care rights and entitlements, as well as signposting to services that can help. This project aims to improve the lives of those leaving care by providing advice and guidance, meaningful interventions and advocacy support. If you are a care leaver who would like more advice or advocacy support on any aspect of leaving care then you can get in touch via any of the following methods:, 0161 236 5665 

Side by Side Care Leaver Programme created by the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) which will help young people to bridge the gap between leaving care and finding their own way in the world, providing a broad range of support and mentoring. The support on offer will include a dedicated Side by Side volunteer to support them for a minimum of 12 months. They will also receive a job interview guarantee and opportunities to undertake modern apprenticeships, work ‘shadowing’ or short-term work placements. Assistance will also be given with job applications, C.V. preparation, interviewing skills and filling in official forms (housing, benefits, university, college etc.) Each young person will be offered the chance to undergo NYAS mentoring training, free of charge, enabling them to become ‘peer mentors’ for other young people joining the programme



A New Direction: Arts Award The Access Fund provides grants of between £100-£1,500 to Arts Award centres working on Arts Award projects with young people who face barriers to access and inclusion. Applications are now open to all registered Arts Award centres in the UK. Deadline is Friday 9 October.

Aviva Community Fund  In response to the Covid-19 Aviva are temporarily opening up the Fund to projects that will ensure organisations can adapt or maintain critical services and infrastructure in response to the impacts of COVID-19. Projects must still relate to one of Aviva’s key funding areas. Deadline is Tuesday 13 October.

Safer Communities Fund - Police & Crime Commissioner West Yorkshire  - Launched to help voluntary and community groups, charities and partners to help them keep their communities safe and feeling safe. Grants are awarded in line with the outcomes and priorities set out in the Police and Crime plan. Closing date for applications is midday on 16th October 2020. 

NESTA – Rapid Recovery Challenge The Rapid Recovery Challenge is a new £2.8 million challenge prize that will find and support tools and services that improve access to jobs and money for people across the UK, focussing on those hardest hit by the economic shock resulting from COVID-19. The fund closes on Monday 26 October.

The application form and guide for applicants for Partnerships for Creativity (KA227) are now available. In response to COVID-19, the European Commission announced a call for Partnerships for Creativity focusing on skills development and inclusion through creativity and the arts.   The deadline  29 October 2020, 11am (UK time).

Music for All l have extended their Autumn deadline for individual grants and community project funding. The deadline is on Sunday 1 November.

Buttle UK provide financial help to young people who receive no support from their parents or guardians so that they can further their education or employment. To apply the young person must have a clear education, training or employment goal that they are pursuing or intend to pursue within 3 months of their application. They can provide direct financial support to meet this goal, help them to set up home and/or improve their emotional, physical or mental wellbeing. Each package of support can be worth up to £2,000

The Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response Fund  is open to charities and other civil society organisations based in England whose operations have been affected by COVID-19 and who need emergency funding to deliver essential digital services.  There are currently two funding avenues available: a short Discovery programme for charities nearer the start of their digital journey, and a longer piece of Development work for those at a more advanced stage. Funding will be given as a mix of grants and expert support, ranging from £5,000 up to £60,000.

The Henry Smith Charity aims to bring about lasting change to people’s lives, helping them to benefit from and contribute to society. They achieve this by funding organisations that work with people to reduce social and economic disadvantage. They have several funding streams available including Improving lives and Strengthening Communities.

Garfield Weston Foundation - Weston Culture Fund
Garfield Weston Foundation is launching a £25m fund for arts charities. This £25 million Culture Fund is designed to support mid to large scale cultural organisations in the UK to help them restart work, re-engage with audiences, adapt to changed circumstances and generate revenue. More information about the fund and eligibility can be found on their website.

The School for Social Entrepreneurs - The Community Business Trade Up Programme. This free support programme will provide the head-space, support network and funding of up to £10,000 needed to adapt, digitise and diversify income from trading.  Priority will be given to applications from deprived or disadvantaged local communities, BAME- led or businesses that are giving support to black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) local communities. More information here. Deadline is Wednesday 2 December 2020.

Youngminds - 2020 hasn’t been the year we all imagined it would be, it’s been tough. We all need a ray of sunshine right now – #HelloYellow on Friday 9 October is a great opportunity for us all to come together for World Mental Health Day, wear yellow and feel hopeful about the future.

Sign up today to take part, and you’ll receive our #HelloYellow kit full of fundraising ideas, mental health tips and wellbeing activities. 
Inquiry into the support available for young people who self-harm
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on suicide and self-harm prevention has published findings from an inquiry exploring the experiences of young people up to the age of 25 who self-harm in accessing support services in England. Respondents to the inquiry made clear that the single most impactful change to improve the support available to young people who self-harm would be a system shift away from the current reliance on crisis interventions towards a preventative model of support.

We acknowledge the great difficulties that many young people are facing with isolation and believe protecting young people’s mental health is essential. Here are some resources that may help: 

Kooth- A free and safe online mental wellbeing community which includes helpful articles, a friendly community, helpful team and daily journal. Kooth is available across all devices. Join here.

Click here to download the RCPCH &Us children and young people’s activity pack, full of fun things to do to help keep young people happy and well. There's even the chance to get an RCPCH &Us certificate and be part of a monthly prize draw.

Accessing doctor and nurses may be difficult so RCPCH &Us with paediatricians have made this diary to use between appointments. Young people can use it to write down feelings, questions and fun updates!

Anna Freud - Coronavirus: Supporting pupils’ mental health and well-being guidance  This guidance aims to help school leaders and their staff, in all phases of education, support children and young people with their mental health and well-being in light of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, by outlining some universal approaches for all pupils and for with those with low-level mental health needs.

This Girl Can Home Exercises  A website that encourages woman to engage in home fitness training. There are fitness apps and YouTube videos for every exercise you can imagine and success stories to provide motivation.

Blogs and Comment

PHF Chief Executive, Moira Sinclair, shares their thoughts on their new strategy, Imagining the future together – in solidarity and with equity at its heart

Recovering from Covid-19: issues affecting services for children and young people
This form is intended to allow professionals working to provide children’s services to highlight the issues they’re seeing in the course of their work and their concerns for the future – and how these challenges may be impacting on more at-risk or disadvantaged children and young people. A range of organisations from across the children’s sector are working in partnership on this form, and will feed responses back to local and national decision makers, in order to help inform systemic responses to this crisis
National Safeguarding Youth Forum - Designated Safeguarding Leads in Youth Organisations Survey 
The National Safeguarding Youth Forum are undertaking a review of the work of designated safeguarding leads across the youth sector.  They have launched a survey for anyone leading safeguarding activity in organisations working with young people in England. It asks questions about the role and responsibilities of designated safeguarding leads, experience of training and their experience of working with statutory agencies. Deadline is on Sunday 18 October 2020.

Closing 20th December 2020* 
Education Select Committee: The impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services
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