Youth Work Week runs from 2-8 November 2015. It’s an opportunity to promote youth work and the positive impacts it has on young people.
This year’s theme is Have Your Voice Heard, We’d like to encourage you to employ Have Your Voice Heard within your projects. This might include asking young people to identify how participation could be improved within the organisation, or supporting them to lobby for services they feel strongly about.
Here’s a some activities running for Youth Work Week:
- The INFO Shop team in Wrexham are hosting a range of services that represent minority groups. The aim is to inform young people of what services are available for them to gain support and advice with regards to their rights. It is hoped this will encourage individuals to speak out and get their voices heard with an overall aim of them being able to self advocate in the future.
- Leicester City Young People’s Council and Leicester Young Advisors are premiering a new film ‘How will you hear me?’ at Leicester Phoenix Arts cinema. This new young person produced film is aimed at all professionals who work with or for children and young people, to enable them to explore their participation practice.
- A group of young people in Tayport, Fife are campaigning for improved play and skate facilities. They are holding a ‘Monster bash’ Halloween party to raise funds and consult the community over the plans.
- Young people at the Haggard Centre, Coventry are taking over their youth club, and voting on their favourite youth worker.
- Young people in Hillfields will be scrutinising Coventry City Council decision makers over their services for young people.
- Martin Vickers MP will be talking to young people in Cleethorpes about listening to the voices of young people; do they or can they really have their say and be heard in the local community?
- Achieving for Children Youth Service are running a Youth Work Showcase across the boroughs of Richmond and Kingston. It includes live performances by music projects; films written and filmed by young people to run alongside workshops around self harm and CSE; presentations by the youth council and youth parliament and the presentation of arts awards certificates to young people .
- Epic CIC, in Kensington and Chelsea, is running its annual youth awards ceremony, the Apollo Awards, which are organised and run by their youth forum.