UK Youth Conference 2018

UK Youth Conference 2018


We were proud to welcome over 100 delegates from across the network to our first UK Youth Conference on the 14th November. The day included hearing shared stories of innovation in youth work from our members Space, Kinetic Youth and The Delicate Mind. We also welcomed Torsten Bell, Director of the Resolution Foundation, for a key note speech to explore whether the future generation will do better than the last, and a series of breakout sessions around key challenges in the youth sector. 

We brought together over 100 decision makers from our network of youth organisations to build skills, knowledge and connections and explore ways to overcome the challenges that the youth sector faces. The event featured high profile keynote speeches, panel discussions and workshops, showcasing the latest learning and developments from the youth sector and beyond.

It’s been a challenging time for the sector, but it’s clear from hearing about your experiences at the conference, we should celebrate your resilience and be excited about future possibilities as we are starting to see growth and innovation . Below we’ve highlighted key takeaways and opportunities for you to continue to build your knowledge, skills and connections with our support. We’ll also be using learnings and information from the day to continue to champion your issues, influence policy and unlock funding for the youth sector.

Please do look out for upcoming membership updates on our progress and further opportunities to continue to be involved in the conversation. As ever, your membership team is here to support you – get in touch with any questions you might have.

Key highlights of the day include:


Championing Youth

Our sessions on Championing Youth explored working together to overcome the issues affecting young people today and drive change on a national level. This included a panel discussion on youth loneliness with the British Red Cross and training for youth workers on how to overcome conflict from our member Leap CC.

Our session on on youth violence explored how best to create safer communities, including research from the Youth Violence Commission. As we’re speaking with the Home Office to influence the recently announced Youth Endowment Fund, we want to hear from members working to tackle youth violence.

Harnessing Impact

Our sessions on Harnessing Impact explored how to respond to changing needs in the youth sector and advocate the value of the work you do. Phil Sital-Singh, our Head of Impact and Learning, led a session on a strategic approach to enhancing your impact alongside Tom Franklin, CEO of Young Citizens. You can find out more here. Matthew Hill from Centre for Youth Impact also led a session on quality evaluation.

We were also joined by Louise Willis-Keeler, CEO of Psych-Logical, who delivered a session on safeguarding and the impact on staff well-being, which is part of our FutureProof Programme alongside our Safespaces Framework. Get in touch with our programmes team to find out more.

Diversifying Funding

Our sessions on Diversifying Funding explored how to be financially sustainable in the face of continued cuts to funding in the youth sector, including a session on social enterprise. We’re excited to announce that as part of our partnership with Access Foundation on the Enterprise Development Programme, we now have a new Enterprise and Investment Manager, Kadir Sadikoglu, to support our members with grant applications to Social Investment Business.

Get in touch to find out more, including upcoming networking opportunities for members, support from Social Investment Business and resources to support your social enterprise ideas.

Our media partners

We were excited to be working with Shout Out UK as our media partners for the UK Youth Conference 2018. Read their great round-up of the day here.

Our sponsors

We thank APM UK for your continued support as our official sponsor of the UK Youth Conference 2018.