Day Conference on Thursday 8th October, 2015

'100 Years of Youth and Community Work Education: A Celebration'

Tuesday 8th October from 10.00am-6.00pm at YMCA George Williams College, London

Use these links to download a flyer and book on-line via an EventBrite page managed by UK Youth.

Thursday 8th October witnesses the centenary of the opening session of the United Kingdom’s first full-time professional youth work training course. Organised by the National Organisation of Girls’ Club (now UK Youth) that met at Bedford College, London.


To celebrate this historic we are collaborating with our colleagues at Youth and Policy in organising a day conference focusing not only on the origins and development of professional training but the current state of provision and future prospects. Amongst those contributing will be some who played a crucial role in the development of current provision.


Confirmed speakers, panelists and workshop leaders include:

  • - Lesley Buckland (YMCA George Williams College)
  • - Alan Gibson (ex-HMI and joint author Social Education of the Adolescent)
  • - Tony Jeffs (Durham University)
  • - Shelley Marsh (Reshet, the network for Jewish youth provision)
  • - Marg Mayo (Goldsmiths’ College)
  • - Jon Ord (College of St Mark and St John, Plymouth)
  • - Keith Popple (South Bank University and Community Development Journal)
  • - Sue Robertson (until recently lead member for children and young people, Brighton Council)
  • - Mark Smith (YMCA George Williams College)
  • - Tom Wylie (ex-HMI and Director of National Youth Agency)
  • - Jane Melvin (University of Brighton & Chair of TAG:PALYCW)


Participants are invited to offer a workshop on any topic related to the theme of the conference. Please contact Ruth Gilchrist: with offers or questions on workshops at the event.




Annual Residential Conference, 25th-27th June 2015

'Education Otherwise: Creating Communities of Practice'

Questioning Paradigms in Youth and Community Work

The Association's National Residential Conference took place from 25th-27th June 2015.


Follow these links for a copy of Conference Programme and Presentation Abstracts


The Theme: was addressed in main conference sessions and complemented by a series of optional seminars, research paper presentations and workshops that 'questioned paradigms in youth and community work'. The conference asked critical questions of how youth and community work locates itself in 'austerity Britain', and the challenge for youth and community work to assert its value as an educational provision.


The Venue:  was Brathay Hall (the home of Brathay Trust), Ambleside, The Lake District. Brathay Trust has been inspiring young people since 1946. Brathay deliver integrated community and residential programmes in Amblesdie that help young people to re-engage with education, have a voice in their community, become peer mentors and young leaders.


The Conversation: This year’s conference was an opportunity for members and colleagues to reflect on the future of youth and community work/education. The conversation was set by a Keynote Address from Professor Sarah Banks on the ‘Ethics of Participatory Research in Community Work’ on the Thursday afternoon and was followed by a series of consultations, seminars and workshops over the three days. There were updates on policy developments across the 4 nations and Conference concluded with the Associations AGM and discussion on the development of member activity across the sector.


Copies of presentations and papers can be downloaded from the members area of the website.



Day Conference on Monday, March 30th 2015

"Perspectives on Evidence in Youth and Community Work"


Monday 30th March, 12.30-5.00pm at the Royal Society of Arts, John Adam Street, London


The Association collaborated with the Centre for Youth Impact in a conference at the Royal Society of Arts on the nature of evidence of impact in youth and community work practice. The conference was designed as both a debate on perspectives on 'evidence-based practice' and a consultation for Association Members to engage with the role Higher Education has in influencing the current policy agenda. The Centre for Youth Impact gathered responses from the day with a view to informing their development plan with the Cabinet Office and the Association will carry forward themes for further consultation at its national residential conference at Brathay in June (25th-27th) 2015. 


A programme from the day can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking this link.


Further reflections from the day, including presentations are available in the members area.


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