Youth Work Week 2013
Youth Work Week is an annual celebration of youth work organised by the National Youth Agency. Since 1993 it has provided an opportunity for youth organisation, youth workers and young people to celebrate their achievements and the impact of their work. The theme this year was Building Skills for Employability and was held from 4 - 10 November.
Youth Work Week was a huge success with activities happening throughout the country including local youth events, youth forums, MPs giving an hour to youth projects, youth sector conferences and more! Thank you to all those who were involved, this very successfully raised the profile of youth work.
Here are some of the highlights:
- Youth Worker Awards: more than 45 applications were received for the NYA Youth Worker Awards, with Ann-Marie Lawson of Groundwork Northants our top Youth Worker Award Winner.
- We launched the Youth Work Foundation: a new bursary scheme for would-be youth workers.
- Local Youth Work Week events: over 45 activities were recorded on our online event calendar helping promote them both on our website and through social media at the time of the events.
- Youth work video competition winners announced: inventive and creative films that highlighted the importance of youth work to young people.
- Merchandise: free badges, pens and wristbands were sent to over 45 youth activities, the demand was so high we will have to consider printing more next year!
- Give an Hour: over 60 MPs offered to give an hour to local youth activities.
- Institute for Youth Work: a new body open to all those working with young people from across the youth sector, employed and volunteering, who work to the key principles of Youth Work. For more information go to http://www.iyw.org.uk/
- #YWW13: Lots of tweets from youth workers, young people, local authorities, MPs - and using the hashtag allowed us to spread the word even further.
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For some more information about projects that took place around the country here are just a few great stories:
Youth Work Week:
- Bournemouth Drummathon, Daily Echo Northumberland
- Youth Service Youth Work Week Activity article, Sky Tyne and Wear
- Milton Keynes Council YWW activity, MK Web
- Youth Work Foundation, Children and Young People Now
- The positive tickets Scheme by Gloucester Police, Gazette
Youth Worker Awards:
- Ann-Marie Lawson - winner of Youth Worker Award 2013,Northants Telegraph
- Mike Burgess nominated for Youth Worker Award, Skye - Tyne and Wear
- Commonwealth Honors Youth Workers, allAfrica
Give an Hour:
- Kelvin Hopkins gives an hour in Luton, Luton Council News
- Ed Balls visits youth project for Give an Hour, Ed Balls blog
Now that Youth Work Week has wrapped up for another year we will be looking at planning next year’s. If you have any suggestions please email us at email@example.com. In the meantime a big thanks to all those involved in Youth Work Week 2013 - we believe this has been a great success in gaining political profile and support for youth work. Want to know more about Youth Work Week and what's involved? Click here for more information.