EXPECT Youth visit London

02 March 2018

On Monday 26th February, EXPECT Youth attended with other Youth Sector representatives from across the UK, to a day of events hosted by UK Youth at the House of Commons and House of Lords in London.

A Parliamentary Meeting and Evening Reception were attended by the Minister of Sport & Civil Society, Tracey Crouch; Shadow Minister for Civil Society & Young People, Steve Reed and other high-profile MPs, and saw vibrant debates on the evolution of the youth sector, the need to tackle Britain’s social mobility problem and the importance of youth voices.

EXPECT Youth were highlighted in different events by Tim Loughton MP and Tracey Crouch MP as an excellent example of how partner agencies can work together to bring real benefit and a new way of working for Youth Service provision.

The events discussed and highlighted the current youth sector workforce trends, the changing financial position of organisations and the challenges facing the Youth Services across the UK.

The following challenges were evident for all organisations working with or for young people, regardless of their delivery model:

  1. Funding and sustainability of sector
  2. Having a voice and influencing policy at a national level
  3. Workforce recruitment & development (affording staff, training and development staff & volunteers)
  4. Accessing networking & collaboration opportunities
  5. Managing data & demonstrating impact

UK Youth have announced their new commitment to the sector, created with and for members such as us at EXPECT Youth. The new commitment focuses on five key areas:

  • Diversifying funding: Unlocking national and regional funding for grassroots programme delivery as well as supporting organisations working with young people to explore innovative and sustainable sources of income
  • Championing youth: Working with youth services and their young people to amplify issues affecting young people and the youth sector today to drive change on a national scale.
  • Strengthening quality: Supporting organisations working with young people to strengthen the quality of services they deliver through training, accreditation, resources and expert advice.
  • Harnessing impact: Being at the forefront of effective impact measurement to help youth services respond to changing needs in the sector and advocate the value of the work the youth sector does.
  • Building community: Bringing youth organisations together to collaborate and recognise excellence in each other’s services and maximising effectiveness on behalf of young people.