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Youth Work Unit Yorkshire and the Humber
26th August 2020      Twitter @YouthWorkUnit
Youth Work Unit News
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Reports and Studies
Events, training & opportunities
Youth Work Vacancies
Blogs and Comment

the Youth Work Unit Yorkshire & the Humber will be hosting its
Annual Conference and AGM - Rethinking Impact -
on 30th September, 9.30 - 11.30 via zoom. 
Louise Docherty – Research Associate at Kings College London, will be sharing their work Rethinking Impact, Evaluation and Accountability in Youth Work. 

The AGM will provide the opportunity for members to vote on the YWU's proposed conversion to a CIO. see our website for more information, including a copy of the resolutions, draft constitution. and agenda Book your place here  
The YWU Y&H facilitates a range of Networks to support the sector and practitioners, including : Youth Voice Workers; those working with LGBT+ young people; Youth Work Leads; the Voluntary Youth Organisations Network; the Youth Impact Network, Children in & Leaving Care Workers Network, those working with young people with SENs, a If you would like to join in any of the online meetings, let us know:
Opportunities for young people overseen by the Y&H Young People’s Youth Voice Steering Group. include the Y&H Youth Assembly, the Y&H Youth Climate Assembly, the Regional Youth LGBTQ+ group, the Regional Children in & Leaving Care Council, and the Y&H UK Youth Parliament.  Areas the different groups are working on include tackling Hate Crime, improving public Transport for young people, Improving Emotional Well-being and Mental Health and Climate Change. The YV Steering Group are always looking at new opportunities to hear the voices of young people.  if you would like more information contact
Youth Focus North West, Youth Focus North East and the Youth Work Unit - Yorkshire and Humber are pleased to announce that we will be running the 2nd year pilot of the National Young Inspectors programme on behalf of the Department of Culture Media and Sport. 
Working in partnership with the British Youth Council we are keen to strengthen the role that young people play through influencing policy within Central Government.
Building on the learning and reach from the 1st year pilot we are delighted to invite a range of new services and new young people to become involved. This year's programme aims to develop capacity, skills and knowledge within the youth sector on both Assessment and Development Based Inspection methodologies. 
This year we will be recruiting a minimum of 24 young people supported by 12 services from across England.
We will be holding an information session for practitioners and services to launch the 2nd round YI scheme on  Thursday 27th August, 11am-12pm.  To book your place or ask for more information email:  
Yorkshire and the Humber News
The latest GGTV episode is all about going to University, from the application process, to moving out, to making friends, tune in to hear Kianna, Sharan, Rachel, Rebecca and Danni talk all things Uni. 
Our Place - Local authorities and the public’s mental health report  presents learning from local areas alongside an overview of the evidence for prevention and the national policy context. The councils involved seek to improve population mental health, reduce inequalities and prevent mental ill health in their communities through a combination of strategic and practical approaches. The report examines the initiatives of nine local councils (Including Leeds City Council) that are rising to the challenge of promoting good mental health and preventing poor mental health in their communities.
Impact of COVID 19 on Health Inequalities in Bradford District
In Bradford there is a 10 year gap in Life Expectancy for both men and women between the most and least deprived areas of the District. 
Calling young people in Y&H -  Beatfreeks  have launched the next stage of their National Youth Trends research [read more about the project], following up on Take the Temperature, it seeks to platform young people’s stories, ideas and voices. 
There are three main ways young people can get involved:
Filling out the survey - fill out a survey online which takes under 10 minutes. Once you've clicked the link, log in through our new app and get influencing.
September Diaries - Apply to be part of a diaries project where you are commissioned to send us 8 diary entries in response to prompts we send you, over the month of September. Participants will receive a bursary of £100 each for their time. 
Drop Your Thoughts - An open space where you can send us anything you like which relates to the project. If the survey or diaries don’t work for you, this is the place to send us info. 
New Peer Led Research Initiative Exploring Identity  
Youth Focus North East, Youth Focus North West, and Partnership for Young London in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield has launched a youth-led initiative investigating how young people from different social groups and varied regions of the UK define their identities. The findings will inform the youth sector's current and future policy and practice. A key part of this work involves an exploratory survey on identity with youth workers. 
Please fill in the form here it will take 15-20 minutes.
The Yorkshire Post has published an article on volunteering, highlighting that volunteering groups are warning that Yorkshire could see a drop-off in local services unless more dedicated long-term volunteers are found, particularly those with specialist skills.
nominations are open for this year's Yorkshire Awards. You can submit your nomination for any of the nine categories HERE
National News

Leigh Middleton CEO NYA - is interviewed on Sky News on the role of youth work during Covid and its impact on the Youth Sector and young people

Young People’s Lives Turned ‘Inside Outfrom the NYA, written in partnership with Brook charity, it highlights the disproportionate impact that Covid 19 is having on young people’s health and wellbeing, and the urgent need for this to be prioritised.

According to the latest Charity Sector Tracker the £10 billion charity funding gap created by coronavirus is putting an 'alarming proportion' of jobs and services in the firing line in the social sector. 

Launch of new service See, Hear, Respond  by Barnardos and funded by the Department for Education, with the aim is to provide early intervention before these children reach the threshold for statutory intervention. The service does not replace our usual referral process for children.

COVID-19 set to drive up Children's Services spending by £300 million
Analysis for the Institute for Fiscal Studies of council spending during the first three months of the pandemic and forecasts for the remainder of the financial year suggests that councils will spend £305m more on children’s social care in 2020/21. Councils forecast spending pressures of £4.4 billion during 2020–21, with around £1.8 billion of those estimated to have been incurred between April and June.
Government urges schools to make contingency plans for local lockdown
The Department for Education has added a section on contingency planning to its guidance for full opening: schools. The guidance states that in the event of local lockdowns “PHE health protection team or local authority may advise a school or number of schools to close temporarily to help control transmission”. It also advises schools to work with the families of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who “may not be able to access remote education without adult support”.

Government Laptop Scheme only a third of eligible children benefit from free technology, according to research highlighted in an article in CYPN. 

Unicef has launched its first ever domestic emergency response to tackle child food poverty across the UK in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

Eurodesk opportunities
If your Solidarity Project idea is focussed on the environment, register now for our ‘Go Green for your Community’ virtual sessions taking place on 27 August and 18 September 2020.
SALTO Youth- Intercultural Competence Training (ICC) on ESC
This online NET Activity will be hosted in HOP Online Learning Platform. The participants will have the chance of a training that would support them in exploring and developing their intercultural competence. The international team of facilitators  will develop the content and activities of this online course. This is from 16-25 September. Deadline Tuesday 1 September 2020.
SALTO Youth- Mindset of youth workers in supporting learning through youth mobilities
The overall aim of this training process is to reflect on the mindset of youth workers and exchange, discuss and challenge youth workers about competencies they need for supporting young people’s development in youth mobility and furthermore. This course is from 9-14 November 2020. Deadline is 15 September 2020.
SALTO Youth - APPETISER (online edition) - An introduction on how to use Erasmus+: Youth in Action and the European Solidarity Corps Programmes for international youth work
Giving a strong positive first experience of international youth projects to motivate the participants to use the Erasmus+: Youth in Action and partially the European Solidarity Corps Programmes. This course is from 2 - 13 November 2020. Deadline is Monday 28 September.
MOOC on Essentials of Youth Work This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) aims at making youth work known to a wide audience and draw attention to its social value while providing an overview of youth work practices and policies across Europe. It will also present current developments in this field at European and national levels  deadline for registering 31.8.20
Euro Desk as launched EMA, our new virtual Eurodesk advisor (available 24/7), on Facebook Messenger.  
Reports and Studies

Open Access Youth Work: A Narrative Review of Impact, this narrative presents a compelling picture of the need for youth work in London and beyond, and the impact and influence of youth work in the lives of young people.

Revolving Doors - Racial Bias Is Pulling Black Young Adults Into The Revolving Door
A report by the Revolving Doors Agency into racial bias in the criminal justice system warns that black adults aged 18 to 24 are “significantly more likely to be dragged into the criminal justice system for relatively low-level and non-violent offences, such as theft or minor drug offences, rather than being given the support they need”. 
Barnardos - New Term New Challenges New Opportunities
Barnardo’s NI has published a report looking at teachers' views and experiences on the impact of lockdown, the return to school for pupils, and what help they will need to support the mental health and wellbeing of pupils. A survey of 167 education professionals across Northern Ireland found that nearly 90% of respondents thought that the pandemic was likely to have an impact on the mental health and wellbeing of pupils. Recommendations to government include: prioritising mental health and wellbeing in the recovery curriculum and increasing funding and investment in mental health and wellbeing services in schools.
At a Crossroads Building foundations for healthy communities report calls on the Government to put public health at the heart of housing delivery; empowering local decision-makers to create healthy and high-quality places. The report condemns a decade of deregulatory planning reform which has failed to acknowledge the crucial role local authorities play in designing healthy places and driving up the standard of new housing
COVID-19 and English Council Funding: How are Budgets Being Hit in 2020–21?
This report uses councils’ own estimates of the financial impact of COVID-19 to examine the scale and variation in impacts on budgets in 2020–21. In particular, it estimates the effects of the crisis on service costs and on income from sales, fees and charges, commercial activities and other sources. The report examines how the effects of these essential changes may vary across council types, regions and council characteristics and compares the impacts with the resources provided to councils by central government and with the resources available to them in the form of reserves.

Over-Exposed and Under-Protected: The Devastating Impact of Covid-19 on Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in Great Britain This report illuminates why BME groups are at greater risk from Covid-19: they are more likely to be working outside their home, more likely to be using public transport, more likely to be working in key worker roles, less likely to be protected with PPE and more likely to live in multigenerational, overcrowded housing, so much less able to self-isolate and shield.  The report suggests that pre-existing racial and socioeconomic inequalities resulting in disparities in co-morbidities between ethnic groups, have been amplified by COVID-19.

Events, training & opportunities
the Youth Work Unit Yorkshire & the Humber will be hosting its
Annual Conference and AGM - Rethinking Impact -
on 30th September, 9.30 - 11.30 via zoom. 
Louise Docherty – Research Associate at Kings College London, will be sharing their work Rethinking Impact, Evaluation and Accountability in Youth Work. 
The AGM will provide the opportunity for members to vote on the YWU's proposed conversion to a CIO. see our website for more information, including a copy of the resolutions, draft constitution and agenda. Book your place here  
MOOC on Essentials of Youth Work This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) aims at making youth work known to a wide audience and draw attention to its social value while providing an overview of youth work practices and policies across Europe. It will also present current developments in this field at European and national levels  deadline for registering 31.8.20
Young Innovators Awards 2020/21
Innovate UK is working in partnership with The Prince’s Trust to find young people from across the UK with great business ideas. Young people can apply for an award to make their business idea a reality. The award includes a £5,000 grant, tailored business support and a living allowance. Deadline is Wednesday 2 September 2020.
Trauma informed practice training series
Partnership for Young London is working in collaboration with Nicola Lester Psychological Trauma Consultancy to deliver a series of webinars on trauma awareness, trauma informed practice, developing therapeutic skills for practice and developing trauma informed organisations. Each session is 1.5 hours and will be delivered online, presentation time is approximately 1-hour with time for discussion and questions in the remaining 30 minutes C&YP Now – Online conference, 2nd-5th November 2020: Youth Work in the 2020s: Policy, Practice & Opportunities. for information & registration click here 
The Children & Young People Now Awards shine a spotlight on the vital role that so many organisations, teams and committed individuals play in improving the lives of children, young people and families across the UK. Deadline for entries is 25th September
The Care Leavers Event 2020
 Join to hear insights from key organisations from across the public sector, in addition to a series of best practice case studies showcasing innovative and effective strategies and programmes to support young people leaving care. This event is for professionals working in social care and care leavers’ services across the public and voluntary sectors (charges apply). This will be on Tuesday 15 September from 9am- 4pm.
Youth Work Vacancies

Eurodesk Brussels Link is looking for a Community Manager  With a network of national coordinators connected to over 1.600 local information providers and partners in 36 European countries, Eurodesk is the main source of information on European policies and opportunities for young people and those who work with them. Eurodesk Brussels Link coordinates the activities of national partners, who operates within the EU’s Erasmus+ programme. The network also updates and manages content on the European Youth Portal. Deadline to apply: 27 August 2020 (midnight Brussels time).

Lead Youth Worker, Oasis Hub South Grimsby, PT - 14hrs per week, one year fixed term contract: Salary  £8,189 per annum for 14 hours/week (£23,396 FTE)  Closing date 1st September. 

While Youth Work explores and develops a mix of face to face (if socially distanced) & online, CEOP & ThinkuKnow have a range of useful resources for professionals, young people and families around staying safe online. 
Domestic abuse: get help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
The Home Office has updated the guidance on domestic abuse during the coronavirus to include more information about getting help for children and young people.
Local Government Association support for care leavers resource pack
The move to independence is a huge learning curve for any young person but is even more difficult for those without supportive families to fall back on, or for those who can’t stay at home for other reasons. This report contains case studies across England to better practice.
WADUP is a storytelling platform run by young people and creative producers. They work remotely with teens across the globe to produce their own podcast episodes and encourage other teens to speak
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.
Updated guidance from the Office for Civil Society - Updated Covid-19 volunteering guidance, including ‘Coronavirus: how to help safely’ guidance and guidance on volunteer placements, rights and expenses
Black Ticket Project 
BTP is an independent initiative creating cultural access points for Black people across England. They are dedicating £5,000+ to Black young people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds looking to appeal their A Level results and cannot do so due to financial implications. If you are interested, please contact
The Social Mobility Foundation
This is a charity which aims to make a practical improvement in social mobility for young people. The SMF was founded in order to provide opportunities, and networks of support for 16-17-year olds who are unable to get them from their schools or families. They are currently helping students that need to appeal their grades.
Lloyds Bank Foundation – COVID Recovery Fund
This fund is open to small and medium sized charities with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million a year that are helping people overcome complex social issues such as dependency, homelessness and domestic abuse. It will offer around 150 charities a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside a Development Partner to help charities navigate a tumultuous future. Deadline is Friday 11 September 2020.
The King’s Fund- GSK IMPACT Award
Applications are now open for the 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards. Winning organisations will receive core funding of up to £40,000, plus access to excellent training and development to support their leaders. To be eligible to apply, organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Deadline is 14 September.
viva 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.
The Screwfix Foundation
The Screwfix Foundation offers grants of up to £5,000 for projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement, or construction of homes, community buildings, and other buildings in deprived areas or for those in need.
Morrisons - COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund
The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most. Awards up to £10,000 are available.
Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund grants of £500 to not-for-profit organisations supporting vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities
The Volant Trust
The Volant Trust is accepting applications to their Covid-19 Response Fund.  Registered charities, community interest companies and community organisations that 'demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic' can apply.
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. 
AmazonSmile offers the opportunty for charities to raise funds for exmample shop at, and Amazon donates to Youth Work Unit, at no cost to you.

Freederm - Teen body image and self-esteem A practical guide for parents
This guide by Freederm covers Important teen body image and self-esteem topics, social media influences, and cyberbullying.

  • Advice for parents on how to talk to their teens about body image issues, setting a positive example, and looking out for warning signs of teen body dissatisfaction.
  • Tips and advice on diet, healthy sleep, hygiene, exercise, and mental well-being that helps contribute to developing positive body image.

Information for seeking professional help (if needed) and links to other trusted sources

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!
Blogs and Comment
The Children’s Commissioner for England - Children without internet access during lockdown blog
An estimated 9% of families in the UK do not have a laptop, desktop or tablet at home. This digital divide is not new, but during the Covid-19 crisis its implications have been particularly stark. A good quality device (or more than one) and reliable internet connection have made all the difference for many children, allowing them to play games, keep in touch with friends and have fun. Perhaps most significantly, it has enabled children to continue to access school work, whether through dedicated video lessons designed and delivered by the most conscientious schools, or through fantastic new public resources such as the Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize. Access to the internet has also enabled children in care to keep in touch with social workers at a time when many in-person visits dropped off.
The Calm Before the Storm: New ONS Labour Market Data Reveals Scale of the Unemployment Crisis to Come.  The latest labour market data gives an early indication of the challenges ahead. With very limited vacancies, a large number of people on furlough and a sharp rise in those without a job who aren’t looking for work, we can see the emerging conditions for a troubled autumn when the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) winds down in October.

Dealing with the ‘new normal’. Offering sanctuary, community and hope to children and young people in schools and local organizations - Mark K Smith explores how, in the context of the ‘new normal’, educators, pedagogues and practitioners need to work to create the conditions for education, learning and change. 


Imperial College London - "Changing Worlds" Survey
Imperial College London want to hear from young people (16-24 years old) to understand their thoughts and feelings about our 'changing world', with a focus on climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. They also want to understand how these events are impacting their mental health, and what power they may feel to contribute to any changes they want to see in our world. The survey closes on Wednesday 26  August, 8pm. here will also be a prize draw for a range of high-street vouchers worth up to £50. 

What does digital access mean to you? Survey for care experienced young people
This survey is for care experienced young people who live in England. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the ongoing need for mandated digital access. We want to know how you use the internet and the issues young people may face with access. Completion of the full survey will enter you into a prize draw. We are giving away 6 prizes of £50 vouchers of your choosing. It will take no more than 10 minutes to complete

ClearView Research - YE2030 Survey
This survey was created by ClearView Research  as they are trying to better understand how young people (age 16-25) are feeling and their experiences in regards to their employment prospects during and post-pandemic. The research will be used to spark meaningful policy development and impactful projects in the youth unemployment space. It will only take 8 minutes to complete and each young person will be entered into a prize draw and could be one of eight winners. Survey closes at 11.59pm on the Monday 31 August 2020.
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