Youth Work Network

Latest news for Norfolk Youth Workers in one place


In this Issue

  • Summary from our last Youth Work Meeting
  • Next Youth Work Network Meeting
  • Youth Review Results
  • Be part of the Big Norfolk Holiday Fun programme
  • Introduction to Youth Work Taster Session
  • Future Level 2 and 3 courses
  • Youth Work Network Resources
  • Community Mental Health Support Fund
  • Improved NYA Safeguarding Hub
  • Hangout in King's Lynn
  • Flexible Work Placements in Cromer
  • Have you joined Safer's Facebook Group?
  • Manifesto Collective
  • Young Futures - Blickling Hall

Summary from our last Youth Work Network Meeting

At the last meeting, we chatted about youth groups’ concerns about encouraging young people to mix socially at a time when schools are struggling with high numbers of staff and students getting covid. The youth workers who attended shared what they are doing to try and keep their young people safe, and gave reassurance to those youth workers who were nervous about reopening after the Christmas break.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 15 March at 1pm via Microsoft Teams. To join us, either save this link or email Aimee if you’d rather have a calendar invite. Feel free to eat your lunch during the meeting!

We look forward to seeing you all again.

Youth Review Results

In 2020, government announced a Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport-led review of youth services. The aim was to develop a clear direction for the out-of-school youth agenda, and to ensure that spending and programmes meet the needs of young people as well as ambitions on ‘levelling up.’
Around 6,000 young people across the country expressed their opinions. They said to prioritise three things: regular clubs and activities, adventures away from home, and volunteering opportunities.

The new Youth Guarantee responds directly to that feedback, backed up by £560 million funding with a firm focus on levelling up. That funding will:
  • deliver up to 300 new and refurbished youth spaces and services for the country’s most left behind areas, creating over 45,000 extra youth activities per year over the next decade
  • fund a reformed National Citizen Service programme for the next 3 years, with a year round offer for thousands of young people
  • eliminate current non-military Uniformed Groups’ waiting lists for teenagers up and down the country
  • provide £4m to the #iwill fund creating tens and thousands of new youth volunteering opportunities
Find the full report online.

Be part of the Big Norfolk Holiday Fun programme

Tuesday 8 March, 2pm, online
Big Norfolk Holiday Fun is the local offer of the Department for Education funded Holiday Activities and Food Programme. It is a scheme that brings fun and healthy activities, including nutritious food to children.

In our next free webinar you'll be able to find out more about the programme, including how you can become a provider, or work in partnership with an existing provider.

Book your place via Eventbrite.

Introduction to Youth Work Taster Session

Thursday 31st March, 15.00-18.00 (online)

This interactive and fun session is aimed at those who are new to youth work. We will be talking about what is youth work and what makes it unique from other work with children and young people.

Find out more on our website.

Future Level 2 and 3 courses

The dates for our next Level 2 and 3 Courses are still to be confirmed. If you would like to receive emails about future Level 2 and 3 courses, please email to express your interest and we will send you information as soon as course dates are confirmed.

Youth Work Network Resources

Don’t forget, we have a Padlet board where you can share resources, training opportunities and information about new projects. It also has a ‘Q&A’ section where you can get support from your fellow youth workers and answer their queries.

If you’re not used to Padlet and want some help getting started, please contact Aimee.

Community Mental Health Support Fund

£25,000 is available to each district locality in Norfolk and Waveney (North Norfolk, South Norfolk, King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Breckland, Broadland, Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Waveney) to aid effective engagement with children and young people with an emerging mental health need and who may experience health access inequalities.
Deadline for applications is on 14 March find out more on Norfolk Community Foundation's website.

Improved NYA Safeguarding Hub

The National Youth Agency have published their new and improved version of the Safeguarding Hub. It now has new and improved filtering and search functions that allow you to find exactly what resource you're looking for.

Visit the Safeguarding Hub here.

Hangout in King's Lynn

Hangout is a youth club that aims to provide support for children and young people who are affected by substance misuse issues. It will help give them increased awareness of how to be safe, strategies to manage their mental health and reduce isolation.

The Matthew Project has successfully been delivering Hangout in Norwich since January 2020 and we are now opening another venue in King's Lynn.

Find out more on the poster.

Flexible Work Placements in Cromer

Merchants' Place are offering young people aged between 18 – 24 years old a chance to gain experience in their Community Larder, as well as the New-U Swap Shop in Cromer to become more confident and expand their skills. Once the placements are finished, they will also receive employment support to get them ‘job ready’.

Find out more on the poster.
Download the Referral Form here.

Have you joined Safer’s Facebook group?

The Safer Programme, part of the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership, have set up a private Facebook group to share information and resources about safeguarding. If you would like to join, just click here.

Manifesto Collective

From January to May 2022, arts organisation Collusion is working with young people and artists in King’s Lynn to create a climate change manifesto for the town culminating in a series of artworks that communicate and champion their views.
Young people aged between 15 – 25 and based in/near King’s Lynn are invited to join. Find out more on the website and on the poster.

Young Futures - Blickling Hall

Bookings are now open for a CAF Bank Resilience Funded course for 18-35 year olds struggling with life progression due to mental health or other barriers. This includes those on a low income or zero hours contract who aspire to improve their future prospects but need to build confidence and skills to meet those aspirations, or to overcome personal challenges such as mental health issues.

Find out more on the website.
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