NYA at the party conferences 2014


19 Sep 2014

The National Youth Agency is holding a series of fringe events and roundtable discussions at the Labour and Conservative Party Conference this autumn.

Vision For Youth Work 2020

In August 2014 the NYA published a vision for every young person to have access to high quality youth work in their community by 2020.
Key questions include:

  • What is the contribution youth work does or can make for young people and communities?
  • What is the role of government, local authorities, voluntary and community organisations to secure access to high quality youth work in local communities?

At the Labour Party conference:

Tuesday 23 September, 4.15-5.15pm in the Youth Zone, Manchester Central.

Speakers comprise:

  • Rushanara Ali MP, shadow education minister
  • Julie Hilling MP, chair All Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Affairs
  • Cllr David Sparks, chair, Local Government Association
  • Fiona Blacke, CEO, National Youth Agency.

At the Conservative Party conference:

Tuesday 30 September, 2.30-3.30pm in the Youth Zone, Executive Room 2, level 5, Birmingham ICC.

Speakers include:

  • James Morris MP, APPG Youth Affairs
  • Cllr David Simmonds, chair, LGA Children & Young People Board
  • Fiona Blacke, CEO, National Youth Agency.

 

Young People and Enterprise

In May 2014, the NYA established an independent commission into young people and enterprise, with support from A4e. The commission comprises individuals from both main political parties together with experts on social enterprise. Chaired by Chloe Smith MP, it aimed to investigate

  • What young people need to be successful in enterprise.
  • What young people know about enterprise and self employment, and where to go for support.
  • How we can motivate and support young people for whom enterprise, starting and running a business, may appear a risky option.
  • The contribution of youth work to the skills and benefits gained from enterprise.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to consider and discuss the initial findings of the Commission which will report later in the autumn.

At the Labour Party conference:

Monday 22 September, 8-9am by invitation only.

Speakers include:

  • Lord Steve Bassam, Chief Whip, House of Lords
  • Barry Sheerman MP for Huddersfield
  • Cllr Peter Box, LGA Economy & Transport Board
  • Sam Windett, A4e, Head of Policy & Public Affairs
  • Fiona Blacke, CEO, National Youth Agency.

At the Conservative Party conference:

Monday 29 September, 8-9am by invitation only.

Speakers include:

  • Brooks Newmark MP, Minister for Civil Society
  • David Finlay, Chair of the National Youth Agency
  • Chloe Smith MP, Chair of the Commission
  • Sally Orlopp, A4e, Director of Learning & Enterprise
  • Cllr David Simmonds, LGA Children & Young People Board.

 

 Helping Change Young Futures – building the skills of the next generation

Supported by Barclays

  • How can we (charity sector, government, private sector) better support young people to get into work?
  • What initiatives are currently addressing the needs of young people and how can we leverage these for all individuals?
  • Should there be more collaboration across the charity sector within youth work to enable greater impact, in particular for young people in disadvantaged communities?

At the Labour Party conference:

Monday 22 September, 7-8.15pm in the Youth Zone, Manchester Central (Exhibition Hall)

Speakers include:

  • Lisa Nandy MP, Shadow Minister, Civil Society – Chair
  • Steve Reed MP, Shadow Minister, Home Affairs
  • Fiona Blacke, Chief Executive, National Youth Agency
  • Charlotte Hill, Chief Executive, Step Up To Serve
  • Kathleen Britain, Head of UK Community Investment, Barclays

At the Conservative Party conference:

Monday 29 September, 12.45pm in the Youth Zone 2, Symphony Hall Foyer Level 5A

Speakers include:

  • Tim Loughton MP  – Chair
  • Fiona Blacke, Chief Executive, National Youth Agency
  • Charlotte Hill, Chief Executive, Step Up To Serve
  • Kathleen Britain, Head of UK Community Investment, Barclays