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One Hundred Years of Youth and Community Work Education: A Celebration Planned for 8th October, 2015

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 UKYouth) it met at Bedford College, London.


To celebrate this historic occasion Youth and Policy is organising a day conference focussing 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, panellists 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 also invited to offer a workshop on any topic related to the theme of the conference.


Please contact Ruth Gilchrist via with offers or enquiries about running a workshop at the event.


Use these links to download a flyer and book on-line with more information available from our events pages.


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