At UK Youth, one of our biggest priorities, is to ensure that all young people across the country have access to the support of trusted youth workers and structured activities, including outdoor learning to ensure they have the best opportunities to develop and thrive.
That is why we are working collectively as the Back Youth Alliance, an alliance of youth charities and youth representatives to campaign for greater investment and support to young people and the youth sector at the upcoming Spending Review.
The Back Youth Alliance was created to champion solutions together with young people for our most pressing challenges, speaking with one voice and ensuring that funding delivers the greatest impact. Members include: British Youth Council, Centre for Youth Impact, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Girlguiding, NCS Trust, National Youth Agency, OnSide, The Prince’s Trust, Scouts, UK Youth, YMCA and Youth United Foundation.
We are asking the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to put young people at the forefront of his government spending plans this autumn. We are also calling for long term investment in youth work so that young people regardless of background or location have access to these transformational opportunities.
In addition it is vital that the £500 million Youth Investment Fund that government announced in 2019 is released immediately to ensure that youth organisations receive the funding they need to provide for young people. It is vital that this funding meet the revenue and capital funding needs of the sector to rebuild the workforce and volunteering infrastructure, re-establish and expand services and create safe spaces for young people to grow and achieve their potential.
We need your help to achieve this! Please write to your local MP today to highlight the importance of youth services in your area and ask your MP to call on the government and the Chancellor to put young people first as we recover from the pandemic. Find your local MP here.
We will be reaching out on all our social media channels calling on the government to #BackYouth, please join us by giving us a like, re-tweet and please share with your networks. You can download the social media assets here.
There has never been a more important time to #BackYouth.