Please find below a list of our upcoming digital events NYA are running. Please click the sign up here link to find out more about each session and submit your details to receive a joining link.

Part of these events are monthly Youth Work Tea Breaks, a collaboration with Debbie Terras from NYA, Vanessa Rogers and Charlotte Gordon from Kip Education CIC. The idea of the tea breaks was the development of a reflective platform to enable practitioners to come together and explore common themes which impact our practice on a daily basis. It is very much an informal learning set, bringing together youth work practitioners to engage in critical thinking and dialogue. Each session has a specific theme and the discussions are very much led by the participants.

Our Upcoming Events

Youth Work Tea Break – Volunteering WeekWhat do we do in Youth Work to encourage more people into Youth Work as a career and beginning with volunteering.15th June 202210:30 – 11:30Sign up here
NYA Supper Club – Drugs and the Summer (more details to be released soon)We know that intergenerational misuse of alcohol and drugs is a significant societal issue. And yet, the support and funding to support and intervene for children of substance misusing parents is minimal. CYP Now Aug 2021 How are we as a practice equipped to support young people and their communities. How do we support young people to be able to share the issues that may be happening at home or within their own dependency, or at worst their involvement in the ever growing county lines.30th June 202218:30 – 20:00Sign up here

NYA Supper Clubs

Following our successful Tea breaks with Debbie Terras, Charlotte Gordon and Vanessa Rogers, it was identified by those who attended that youth workers needed another opportunity to explore complex themes in more context.

The fourth of the NYA Supper clubs is taking place on 30th June, and will examine the theme Drugs and the Summer with the panel of experts below:

The Panel

Carolyne James – Senior Lecturer of Criminology & Policing

Carolyne spent twelve years as a Police Officer with Cumbria Constabulary, followed by 5 years with the Citizens Advice Bureau and ten years as an advocate for a NGO before joining the University of Cumbria in 2012. Her MA thesis focused on the Sexual Exploitation of Girls in Gangs & Groups.

Nicole Lees – Lecturer in Security, Intelligence & Investigative Practice

Former Detective Sergeant Nicole Lees has worked in a variety of roles including the management of dangerous and sexual offenders, covert operations, modern slavery/human trafficking and child exploitation. Nicole is passionate about promoting open communication, supportive practice and ongoing collaboration, in a strive for real change.

Des, Lucy and Ali – Team of practitioners from We Are With You

We Are With You in Lancashire is a specialist young persons substance misuse service commissioned by Lancashire County Council.  The service delivers psychosocial treatment interventions and education to young people up to the age of 25. Des works with young offenders in the Criminal Justice Team, Lucy is a Young Person’s worker, and Ali is a Family Substance Worker with the team.

Chris Brady – The Loop / NHS Foundation Trust

Chris Brady is currently employed by greater Manchester mental health NHS foundation trust as a professional trainer, specialising in substance misuse. As a founder member of The Loop, Chris has been involved in setting up club and festival welfare teams in the UK and across Europe and in 2016 he managed the harm reduction team on the UKs first festival drug checking service.

Gemma Hannah – Public Protection and Partnership Inspector, Cumbria Constabulary

Inspector Gemma Hannah has been an officer with Cumbria Constabulary for 19 years. She is a trained Detective and has spent most of her service working within the Public protection arena investigating and managing all manners of vulnerability and safeguarding. In 2020 she became the Child Centred Policing Inspector developing and introducing child centred policing teams and initiatives across the county.

More to be confirmed soon


COVID-19 Readiness Level

Readiness Level


What does this mean?

** From 27th January 2022 we can confirm that the youth sector moves to GREEN in the readiness framework**

(Version 10)

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