Youth activism in a time of change

Cuts across youth work and youth services continue across the country. Young people from Brighton have been campaigning for a positive outcome for young people through a review and reorganisation process. In October 2016 in London they came together with young people from other parts of the country to hear of inspiring stories of their local action to salvage and build a new future for youth work in their area.

Here is their report and stories Рan inspiration in these challenging times.



Six propositions arising from of YPFN

This pamphlet summarises six main propositions arising from the Young People Friendly Neighbourhoods programme to develop community activism to support and sustain neighbourhood based youth provision. The argument is all the more relevant and poignant a few years down  the line with continuing cuts on much valued and crucial services for young people.

Proposition 1: Community-led partnerships
Proposition 2: A bedrock of community relationships
Proposition 3: Commissioning by communities
Proposition 4: Community investment over time
Proposition 5: A community premium
Proposition 6: One set of services

Here is the pamphlet:


Housing associations’ role in driving a community agenda

This great report brings Housing Associations into the mainstream of seeking solutions to imploding public services and investing in community development for the long term.




Coop councils resource: YPFN legacy and the way ahead?

This is a thorough and really useful overview and insight into how cooperative principles and organisational models are gaining ground and encouraging a rethink in how the public are true stakeholders in public services.


Perhaps a small part of the YPFN legacy has been to contribute to this movement and demonstrate practically how local communities can be supported honourably by the voluntary and community sector and by local authority staff to take ownership and leadership in shaping things to do and places to go for young people where they live.


The full press release and other exciting details are here:



Sustainability – what’s in a word?

At the heart of YPFN is how to build sustainable youth provision through community led partnerships. This review of YPFN sustainability draws on a review of Groundwork plans for seven neighbourhoods and communities which did not develop new organisational models but did seek to build on existing partnerships or create new consortia.


Documents from the YPFN Capacity Building Day held on 4th December 2012

The documents detailed below represent the key outcomes and note-taking of the capacity building day held in Birmingham on 4th December 2012 with participants from the six Phase 1 trusts exploring further sustainable options for delivering services with and for young people.



Developing community organisations

This blog reflects on helping develop community organisations, especially Youth Mutuals in Lambeth in London and Delves Lane, Durham. It sets the wider commissioning, policy and economic backdrop and ends with some key learning points drawn out from John Thurlbeck about what has helped make things work in Durham. There is a link to the draft Youth Mutual constitution. 

John highlights key success factors behind the Delves Lane community partnership in Durham,

developing a Youth Mutual called Circle Crew for Change. These included:

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§  The presence and involvement of young people from the very first

§  The engagement of committed partners, including the local authority

§  The engagement with the wider community

§  Business planning owned by a core partnership

§  Developing and then holding onto the vision

§  Maintaining perspective in turbulent internal and external environments.