Youth Work Week bigger and better than ever!


17 Nov 2017

This year’s Youth Work Week was more successful than ever before, according to data released by the National Youth Agency.

Youth Work Week provides an opportunity for youth organisations, youth workers and young people to celebrate their achievements and the impact of their work. This year it was held from 6-12 November.

NYA indicated that during the profile-raising week nearly 5,000 posts were tweeted to #YWW17, reaching more than 8.5m people.

“Youth Work Week is all about collaboration so we’re delighted that more people engaged in it than ever before”, said Leigh Middleton, MD of NYA.

“We developed Youth Work Week 24 years ago as a mechanism for local youth work projects to showcase the outstanding work they are doing with young people.

“Now it’s grown into a genuine collaboration across the sector, with support from a diverse range of organisations from big children’s charities like Barnardo’s to young people’s sexual health organisation Brook to small local youth clubs.

“Youth Work Week’s success shows that youth work is becoming recognised by organisations for whom it is not a core function. The ability to empower and engage young people is increasingly being acknowledged as a vital skill.

“At a time of multiple challenges to the profession, it’s really good news to see how valued youth work is.”

Blogs and case studies from Youth Work Week are still on NYA’s website and can be viewed here, including ADCS President Alison Michalska, British Youth Council young trustee Joe Stockley and NYA chair Michael Bracey.