Category: Member Updates

NYA COVID-19 Guidance

Posted on 07/09/2021 in Member Updates , Youth Sector News , Community , COVID-19 Updates , COVID - 19 Information , News , News

On the 6th of September the NYA readiness level moved to green

The NYA readiness level is now green and international travel will once more be supported (subject to delay and FCDO advice)

All young people will be able to attend indoor or outdoor activities. Youth provision for young people of all ages, both under and over 18 years of age, have the same requirements.

To find out more download the NYA's guidance document on managing youth sector activities and spaces during Covid-19.

You can find helpful Covid-19 guidance on the NYA's website by clicking here.


Khulisa -Closing the trauma gap: skills and relationships built to last

Posted on 27/07/2021 in Member Updates , Community , Training , Help for Young people and Parents , Mental Health

Khulisa have shared their new strategy by releasing a short film and document.

To watch their film click here and to download their new strategy document click here.

Impetus Leadership Academy

Posted on 13/07/2021 in

Youth funding and capacity building charity Impetus has partnered with Bank of America to launch a new training programme for aspiring leaders from ethnic minority backgrounds working in the UK youth sector.

The Impetus Leadership Academy aims to support the development of future leaders and their organisations, to contribute to the national conversation on issues facing young people from ethnic minority backgrounds, and ultimately improve the effectiveness of the sector. Building on Impetus’ training toolkit, the programme offers masterclasses on key leadership topics including financial and impact management, fundraising, and presentation skills and draws on input from experts working on issues of race in the workplace and in leadership. It is designed and delivered by people of colour for people of colour.

The course, which is fully funded for successful applicants, will be delivered as a mix of group sessions, mentoring and networking, running over the course of a year.

Recruitment is now underway for the first cohort of 12 participants – applications close 30 July; for eligibility criteria and information on how to apply visit

Young People’s Foundations: raising the game for local collaboration

Posted on 28/05/2021 in

YPF Trust asked a group of independent consultants from the INTEN partnership, to look at the work of the Foundations both before and during COVID-19, and also to consider what the future might hold for their model of working with children and young people.

Read the full report here

Blog from the INTEN partnership.......

Five years ago, John Lyon’s Charity observed with dismay the decline of youth services in the London boroughs.

Years of austerity had taken their toll, and many local authorities had reduced or even withdrawn their support. Small local charities and community groups, at the forefront of work with children and young people, were in a desperate strait, with far too many going under. John Lyon’s Charity concluded that this just had to be addressed.

But how? The answer, it was believed, was to build afresh a local system of support. One that could encourage a positive spirit of collaboration among front-line organisations, and engage the local authority and businesses, and anyone else who could help. At the same time a method was needed to raise funds locally, and from further afield, and direct money where it could make the biggest difference to children and young people.

And so in 2015 the first Young People’s Foundations were established, in Brent, Barnet and Harrow. Others followed in Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster, and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Outside London, Young Manchester was set up in 2017.

What have they achieved? YPF Trust asked us, a group of independent consultants, to look at the work of the Foundations both before and during COVID-19, and also to consider what the future might hold for their model of working with children and young people.

We were impressed by what we found. Each Young People’s Foundation is small (typically with three to five core staff) but together they have raised a total of £19.3 million for local work with children and young people. Of this over half (£9.8 million) is sourced from outside the specific local authority area.

In a few cases, notably in Westminster, some substantial resources have been raised from the private sector. However, elsewhere such efforts, while still worthwhile, have been less productive. A reflection of the woeful state of corporate social responsibility in this country, perhaps?

The Foundations’ good local knowledge has enabled the distribution of funds deep into the local community, reaching parts which have previously been overlooked, and where very frequently the need is greatest. They have often deployed funding in ways which have drawn on the resourcefulness of young people and their families, and involved young people directly in the funding decisions in creative and thoughtful ways.

Most importantly, the Young People’s Foundations have been able to win trust locally. Sometimes this did not happen straightaway. Initial suspicion of anything new is, after all, not uncommon. But, quite quickly, they built successful relationships at every level. In our view this was hugely helped by their founding principles that they do not compete with local front-line organisations and that they do not deliver direct services themselves.

Overall, the nine Young People’s Foundations have already brought together a total of over 1,200 organisations into collaborative local partnerships, driven by the perception that they can achieve more together than by acting alone. Around 500 of these are small local charities and community groups, working at the front line with children and young people, and including for example supplementary schools, which have been largely neglected by ‘mainstream’ organisations.

During COVID-19, the pool of existing relationships established by each Foundation triggered fast and effective actions, helping local agencies across sectors come together in the interests of children and young people and their families. For example, the Young Barnet Foundation, partnering with Inclusion Barnet and Volunteering Barnet as ‘Barnet Together’, was highly instrumental in setting up a local COVID Response Taskforce. Working closely with Barnet Council, Barnet Together co-ordinated food banks, meals delivery, and shopping collection services, to help isolated people, families and children at risk across the borough.

We were struck by the commitment of all the Foundations to understand and respond to local needs. For example in 2018, Young Harrow Foundation carried out an assessment of the needs of local young people aged 10-21. This was a coordinated effort involving 51 charities, Harrow Council, Harrow Youth Parliament, 24 trained youth peer leaders, 8 schools and colleges, and 30 community volunteers. This exercise alone collected the views of 4,358 young people, a figure any market research company would be proud of!

In all of this, we noted the cultural diversity within the Foundations, and their deliberate efforts to reflect the communities in which they operate. For example, across the nine organisations, 39% of trustees and 47% of staff are from BAME backgrounds.

In many ways all this represents a flying start for this model of local collaboration. Certainly, credit is due to some enlightened funders, notably John Lyon’s Charity and the City Bridge Trust, who have provided core funding, and also the local authorities that have embraced the opportunity.

If the network expands to other places around the country there will of course be some challenges, for example to sustain the integrity of the model, to attract the modest levels of core funding which make this way of working so much easier, and to build on – and not displace - valuable existing activity.

At a time when young people’s health, well-being, and future prospects are under pressure as never before, and when we are also seeing renewed (and long overdue) appreciation of the benefits of social infrastructure, replication and roll-out of the Young People’s Foundation model is well worth considering.

YPF Trust is Recruiting

Posted on 25/05/2021 in

The YPF Trust is looking for a CEO! We are looking for an experienced, charismatic, and enterprising CEO who has a strong track record of using strategic leadership and management to achieve high impact within the charity sector.

Have you got what is takes to lead the Trust through its start-up phase, supporting the engagement of a wide range of local and national stakeholders to learn from and build on our existing network of YPFs, using your understanding of the challenges faced by children and young people.

We are seeking a CEO who will not only manage the YPF Trust as an organisation within its own right, but also provide leadership, innovation, and strategic direction for the expanding Young People Foundation (YPF) Network.

To find out more information and to apply for the role:

Chief Executive Officer, 4-5 days per week job with YPF Trust | 203665 (

NYA Guidance Update

Posted on 03/03/2021 in Resources , Youth Sector News , Member Updates

Read the version 5 of the NYA COVID Guidance

The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’setting out the Roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how restrictions will be eased over time.

The Roadmap has four steps (although Step 1 has two parts):
Step 1 A 8th March 2021

Step 1 B 29th March 2021

Step 2 no earlier than 12th April 2021

Step 3 no earlier than 17th May 2021

Step 4 no earlier than 21st June 2021

Click here to read the readiness framework alongside a set of planning tools and resources : 1020-NYA-COVID19-V5-final.pdf

Apply Now: The Catherine Capaldi Awards

Posted on 03/12/2020 in Member Updates , Youth Sector News , Community

The Catherine Capaldi Awards (for entrants from Camden and London wide) are open to anyone who identifies as a disabled person and who has an idea or solution to break down a barrier faced by disabled people or to improve their access to services, inclusion or community participation. The awards close for applications on Sunday 28 February 2021.

This year, we have all experienced barriers and restrictions that are out of our control – the Catherine Capaldi Awards are a chance for disabled people to imagine ways of getting rid of the barriers that they have to live with every single year. In partnership with the Access and Inclusive Environments Team at Arup, Elfrida Rathbone Camden will be running several workshops to support potential applicants with their applications - the first one of these will be held on Thursday 21 January – more details to follow.

The first winners will be announced on 30th March 2021, and in addition to a cash award, the prizes will include support to develop and promote the best idea and opportunities for personal and professional development.

Catherine Capaldi was a tireless campaigner for access and inclusion in Camden who fought to raise awareness of the issues affecting young disabled people. Catherine passed away late in 2019 and in her memory and working with others who knew and valued her. Elfrida Rathbone Camden has created the Catherine Capaldi Awards to highlight and celebrate the achievements of individual disabled people.

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Telephone support line from South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership (SHAK)

Posted on 10/11/2020 in Member Updates , Resources

If you are feeling lonely or isolated, South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership (SHAC) introducing a new telephone support line.

Virtual Office from West Euston Partnership

Posted on 09/11/2020 in Office & Office equipment , Member Updates , Resources

Could You Benefit By Having A Virtual Office?

West Euston Partnership's Virtual Office will allow you to manage your business from home.

WEP can help you by:

• Handling your post and answering your calls
• Giving you a telephone number and business address to give you that professional edge
• Providing you with meeting space at reduced prices
• Offering you reasonable rates and a flexible contract

INTERESTED? Please email a response/query to either: or

Youth Work Week 2020

Posted on 21/10/2020 in Youth Sector News , Opportunities , Member Updates , Community , News

Monday 2nd November to Sunday 8th November. Download the curriculum.

As part of Youth Work Week this week the NYA Youth Work Specialists will be putting on a series of free Zoom webinars to address each daily theme.

Learn more
To download the curriculum

N1 Centre time table September- December 2020 programme

Posted on 08/10/2020 in Member Updates , Youth Sector News , Community , Resources , Opportunities , Blogs by Members , News

N1 Centre's current September - December 2020 programmes are varies from Fathers online social café to Mama & Baby Yoga!

Please have a look below and contact N1 Centre for more information.There are projects for Young people, Adults and some gender specific services, to cater for all needs.

Youth-led Social Action Free Online Training Oct 2020

Posted on 06/10/2020 in Training , Member Updates , Community , Resources , Opportunities

Join us for a free 3 two-hour modules to learn all about youth-led social action, plan a project and get funding to carry out your project.

If interested, please send a note to There are only 7 spaces available for this training, so don’t wait to express your interest. Training will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Dates are flexible depending on availability. However, please express an interest by Friday 9 October 2020.

Check the London Youth website for new training and event dates for Sep and Oct 2020

Posted on 17/09/2020 in Member Updates , Youth Sector News , Community , Opportunities , Training

New virtual training dates throughout September and October! A range of topics including: -Safeguarding -Fundraising -Youth worker skills

Learn more

Roundhouse Circles: Free Dance/Movement & Spoken Word Workshop

Posted on 24/08/2020 in Member Updates , Community

Roundhouse is offering a free performance workshop for YCF members. The 1.5 hour session is aimed at young people, ages 11-17, who will get to create their own work with other young people using movement, voice, beats and more.

The session will be a chance to get their imagination working again and to work with other young people who are interested in spoken word and dance/performance. The expert team of professional artists will come to you to deliver the socially-distanced creative session in line with current government advice from the National Youth Agency.

The workshop is available to book throughout August and until mid-September at a time and location that suits the groups you work with. There are only 2 slots remaining, so hurry to secure your spot. Contact for more information or to book.