Youth Work Unit Yorkshire and The Humber CIO

Youth Work Unit Yorkshire and The Humber CIO

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The Youth Work Unit (YWU) is the strategic youth work sector development agency for the Yorkshire and The Humber region. It is the focal point for the youth work sector in the region and has a unique role in bringing together the dual functions of support and development.

The YWU was established in 1998 by the 15 Local Authorities who recognised that there was a benefit in working together with voluntary youth sector organisations, to share learning and practice and support developments. Now with a radically changed youth work landscape, financial cutbacks and the demise of national youth policy, the YWU as a sector-led support body works harder than ever to support youth work planners and providers in the region. To maintain a quality youth work offer to young people, as well as working with young people themselves to enable their voice and influence to be maximized locally, regionally and nationally.


Our offer is designed with members of the sector and is developed with it to provide support in the ways that make a difference. Activities include sharing information through our website and e-newsletter, practitioner and strategic lead networks, one to one support (organisational level), local youth partnership development support (in partnership with YPFT), training up to level 3, we are the regional distributors for NYA youth work training bursary, and workshops/conferences. We also act as a conduit between local, regional and national bodies. 

The side of our work is facilitating several youth voice groups in the region and are unique being a representative regional body led by young people speaking out and working to ensure young people’s views are heard and are taken seriously in matters which affect them.

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YWU is the youth work infrastructure organisation for Y&H region. Supporting, developing, encouraging and advocating for the youth work sector...