The youth sector is diverse – from charities to social enterprises, after–school clubs to religious groups, from housing associations to local authorities and a woman who started a dance club in Burnley, just to give young people a safe place to be.
Our job at UK Youth is to support fellow youth organisations by building capacity, unlocking funding and providing a sense of connection to reach 1.6m young people and those who work with them.
Young people with complex needs and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are being hardest hit by the rising inequality and cuts to local services. Never has there been a more crucial time for youth organisations to work together, as a movement, to solve the problems that young people face in society.
Why the change?
We want to be an organisation fit for young people today and tomorrow. Last year, our network told us that they wanted a louder voice to influence policy at a national level, to raise the profile of youth workand to increase investment in young people. This is where the UK Youth Movement came from.
What is the UK Youth Movement?
We want to connect the know-how of the sector and make sure there is the strongest voice possible for young people. We want to stand with young people and youth workers to ensure their voices are heard and their knowledge is shared. We will be relentless – banging the drum for recognition of the challenges young people face and the work you do to make a difference.
We don’t want to tackle the challenges facing the youth sector alone. Together, we can make sure that young people have better access to affordable, high quality services in their local area, especially those who need us most. That’s why we call this a movement, not just a membership refresh.