UK Youth agree the transfer of vital NCVYS services and functions


After 80 years of service it is vital UK Youth does all it can to ensure that the advocacy and good work which the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS) has led on is not lost, and therefore some of NCVYS’s most important services and functions will be transferred UK Youth.

UK Youth was a founder member of NCVYS 80 years ago, and this year celebrates its 105th anniversary. We therefore share a long history of working together to support young people through non-formal and informal education to develop their life skills.  UK Youth are focused on supporting regional and local youth delivery bodies, rather than other national youth organisations, it is there right for Ambition to take forward the membership and related work of NCVYS, while other vital functions will be merged into UK Youth.

UK Youth will therefore be taking forward the Erasmus supported ‘Creative Collisions’ annual youth sector conference, as well as working closely with partners to support ‘The Awards Network’ which promotes, disseminates good practice and evidences the value of non-formal learning, to include the hosting of an international residential later in the year at UK Youth's outdoor education centre,
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In addition NCVYS will be transferring to UK Youth their portfolio of safeguarding resources and services, including the Sound Systems’ accreditation scheme and the collaborative work on the Stop, Look, Listen campaign.  UK Youth will also be taking forward the management of the Muslim Council of Britain partnership, and will be supporting the Centre for Youth Impact to carry forward the proposed youth sector Collective Impact initiative, as well as carrying out relevant research and youth engagement initiatives already begun by NCVYS.

UK Youth actively promotes collaboration across the youth sector and, following the sector consultation carried out with Ambition and NCVYS, UK Youth will also be leading on the youth sector Chair’s Taskforce to explore opportunities for further sector partnership and consolidation.  UK Youth very much looks forward to working with Ambition to continue to tackle the challenges which the youth sector faces, to promote the value and impact of local and regional youth projects, and to secure the additional sources of funding needed to sustain the sector.

Anne Smee comments "NCVYS have played an important role in representing the Youth sector over the past 80 years. They have brought together the diverse and important work of uniformed and non uniformed youth organisations, large and small, to enable them to speak with one voice. Their Chief Executive Susanne Rauprich has been tireless in her dedication to young people throughout her 21 years in post and she will leave a lasting legacy that lives on through the transfer of services to UK Youth and Ambition, and the continuing work of NCVYS members including the Scouts, Guides and YMCA." 

For further information please contact Matt Lent (Director of Partnerships and Policy – UK Youth) 

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