Youth Work Network

Latest news for Norfolk Youth Workers in one place


In this Issue

  • Summary from last Youth Work Network Meeting
  • Drop-in for Voluntary Norfolk members
  • Youth Work Training Bursaries
  • Introduction to Youth Work Taster Session
  • Latest Guidance for the Youth Sector
  • New Bike Building Project
  • New Parent Support Group

Summary from our last Youth Work Network meeting on 4 March

In March, we trialled an early evening meeting of the Youth Work Network to make meetings more accessible to volunteers and sessional workers who have other jobs during the day. Ten people attended the meeting, some for the first time, so it seems we were successful in making the meetings a bit more accessible. We will try and vary the times and dates of the meetings to try and make them work for everyone.
Most of the meeting was, inevitably, taken up by the current big topic of covid-19 and the government’s new ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown. Many of those attending had found the National Youth Agency’s guidance and webinars useful as they start to plan for a return to face-to-face youth work, though they don’t answer all the questions we might have – such as how often do you need to clean a community centre toilet!

But in all the talk of covid, another big news story has been affecting youth work too. Since Brexit, the UK is no longer part of the ERASMUS+ programme, supporting young people from EU countries to travel and gain experiences in other EU nations. The government is looking to replace the programme and there have been webinars arranged to look at alternatives – here is a report from one of these webinars, which was shared with the Network by John from Norfolk Youth Projects.

We look forward to catching up with you at our next meeting, which will be on Tuesday 20 April at 2pm. Please let us know if you’d like to join and we can send you the Zoom details.

Thank you to everyone who attended our last network meeting on 4 March. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 20 April at 2pm. If you want to attend, please email Aimee and she will send you the joining instructions.

Drop-in for Voluntary Norfolk members

On Monday 22 March Voluntary Norfolk is holding a Zoom drop-in for member organisations to meet Jo Hutchings, the new coordinator for Safer.  For more information please contact our Groups and Membership Officer Amelia Worley.

Youth Work Training Bursaries

The National Youth Agency has announced another round of bursaries for Level 2 and 3 training in youth work .
Applicants who wish to apply for the bursary in order to complete our Level 3 course in Youth Work Practice starting in June need to apply by the end of March. To do this, please complete and return the bursary applications directly to the NYA AND return our Level 3 booking form to us by Friday 26 March.
Additionally, You can also apply for a grant of up to £500 through our Small Grants programme.

Introduction to Youth Work Taster Session

This free, interactive and fun session is aimed at those who are new to youth work. We will talk about what is youth work and what makes it unique from other work with children and young people. We will also explore some of the core concepts and progression opportunities. 
The session will be delivered online on Wednesday 14 April from 3-6pm

Email to book your place.

New Guidance for the Youth Sector

The National Youth Agency has released Version 5 of their COVID Guidance. It considers the implications of the government's Roadmap on the Youth Sector and introduces some changes to the Readiness Levels. Find the full document on
You can also find NYA’s 10 year vision for youth work here.

New Bike Building Project

SYEP have partnered with My Bike Repair to deliver a bike building project. This six week project starts on Wednesday 14 April and is designed to build confidence and self-esteem, tackle loneliness and help promote positive wellbeing. 

There are two time slots awailable 4pm - 6pm and 7pm - 9pm. Young people can sign up to 1 slot and will have to attend at the time for the 6 weeks. For more information email

You can also find some posters here and here.

New Parent Support Group

The Matthew Project have started a new online group for parents of young people who misuse substances and don’t want to stop. The support group offers six weekly sessions in a confidential setting, providing a chance to meet other parents who are experiencing similar difficulties.

See the flyer for more details.
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