Youth charities are ‘running on empty’

Loss of funding and job cuts threaten the closure of many youth services through the winter. Left unprotected, youth services have already been cut by over 70% in less than a decade.  For every £16 cut on local services, £1 falls on youth work. While funding has been committed for schools and employment initiatives and some charities, delayed government funding for the youth sector has left many charities ‘running on empty’ with depleted reserves and income slashed by half or more.

Leigh Middleton, NYA CEO, said:

“Youth work transforms young people’s lives. Never has this been more important than in response to increased needs from the pandemic and the challenges of the global recession. We need urgent funding for frontline youth services and additional funding for youth charities to secure their capacity to support young people into the new year. By not taking immediate action, we risk a lost year for our young people, for which we all will pay the price.”

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NYA is the national body for youth work in England (Professional, Statutory & Regulatory Body). For more information visit


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