UK Youth plays a unique role in addressing; the lack of investment into the youth sector, the lack of cross sector understanding of how youth work makes a difference and the limited opportunities to embed effective solutions. These factors lead to mass inequality of access to youth services for young people.
These factors lead to mass inequality of access to youth services for young people. We:
My whole outlook on life is different – I feel a lot more positive about myself and about my potential. I’m really excited about what lies ahead of me.”
We have established a strong reputation for delivering high quality, large scale, national skills development programmes for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. From outdoor learning and online safety to money management and mental health, we reach and engage young people who don’t traditionally have access to personal development opportunities.
We work with organisations and young people through the UK Youth Movement to ensure all our programmes meet their changing needs. We use this insight to build high-profile partnerships to co-create and deliver innovative, accessible, funded opportunities for young people to empower them to engage with employment, volunteering or training.
Developed through the learning taken from the Reach Up programme (2017-2022), Building Connections is an investment in youth work to create stronger pathways to employment for young people.
In partnership with Cocal Cola Europacific Partners, UK Youth is building the capacity of youth workers as Community Link Workers, supporting them to build partnerships and networks with local businesses and employers and turning those connections into opportunities for young people.
An employability programme for NEET young people, which aims to provide them with the essential skills needed for employment and real-life experience through a 4-week work experience programme. The programme includes a series of workshops delivered by youth workers, which will prepare young people for the level of engagement/commitment during work experience. This is then followed by four weeks of work experience at their chosen location.
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Working through networks of youth organisations and supporters, we galvanise a movement of people to support our shared vision. The UK Youth Movement is open to all and currently stands at over 7,000 youth organisations and nation partners, collectively reaching 4.1 million young people. Our mission is to work as a nationwide movement to deliver innovative youth services, grow effective practice and campaign to increase support for youth work.
Avon Tyrrell is our leading outdoor learning venue based in the heart of the New Forest. Its unique heritage and beautiful grounds contain an extensive range of inclusive outdoor activities and tailored programmes allowing us to provide the opportunity for everyone to experience, learn and develop. By combining positive, safe learning spaces with appropriate levels of challenge, our outdoor instructors develop young people to build confidence and resilience through offering tangible outcomes and a sense of achievement.
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We campaign for greater investment in and understanding of youth work through influencing policy, innovative storytelling and strategic partnerships.
The Belong Collective aims to be a cross sector network, which is focused on connecting practitioners to share learning, challenges, good practice, and new thinking about youth loneliness.Find out more about The Belong Collective
Alongside organisations including My Life My Say and The Diana Award, and activist, Jermain Jackman, we have launched the #YoungAndBlack campaign. A space to share, listen and learn from the experiences of young Black people.#Young and Black campaign
UK Youth has joined with a cross-sector partnership of organisations to launch a UK-wide, annual Day of Hope as part of a legacy campaign, Hope 2020, in memory of Damilola Taylor. Hope 2020 is dedicated to young people and their aspirational stories of ambition and hope.
We have launched The UK Youth Fund to ensure the youth sector is strengthened and supported. The Fund will enable us to unlock millions of pounds of much needed funding that can we award directly to those organisations working with young people. If you are interested in contributing to The UK Youth Fund please get in touch via email@example.com. If you are a youth organisation- please sign up to join the Movement and we will keep you updated on future funding opportunities.Find out more about the UK Youth Fund
UK Youth provide free support, training and networking opportunities for organisations to empower them to give young people equal access to high quality services in every community.Find out more about upcoming training and support events
Our free interactive frameworks, First Steps and Safe Spaces provide relevant, up-to-date information and guidance to benchmark your policy and practiceUK Youth tools and resources