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