The independent voice of the voluntary youth sector
Established in 1936, the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services is a diverse and growing network of over 280 national organisations and regional and local networks that work with and for young people. Our mission is to work with our members from voluntary and community organisations to build thriving communities and sustainable networks that help all young people achieve their potential.
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Member Benefits Guide – latest editionThe second edition of NCVYS’s Member Benefits Guide is ready to view. It is a handy reference guide explaining what NCVYS has to offer. It also contains exciting deals and discounts from 12 NCVYS members and other partners. If you have any queries or would like to feature in the next edition, please email Nichola Brown, Membership Services Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCVYS Exchange Magazine: Workforce Development - The shape of things to come
The latest issue of the NCVYS Exchange magazine is now available online to download and read. The theme of this edition focuses on workforce development featuring articles from Ground Works, UK Youth, Open University (Children's Research Centre), Save the Children, Institute for Children as well as news on NCVYS and ENVOY events. Exchange is our termly magazine which brings together a unique collection of news, policy analysis and practical advice for voluntary and community organisations and networks working with young people. Exchange compiles articles, case studies, news items and pictures by expert contributors from the sector and beyond. For advertising opportunities or for more information, please contact Selena Brown.
Creative Collisions: coming together for something unique and unexpected
On Wednesday 6 November, more than 500 representatives from the youth sector came together for the Creative Collisions conference at the Mermaid Conference Centre in London. This one-day event harnessed the energy of the youth sector, to create sparks, momentum and change. This fast moving conference programme included debates to stimulate reaction, learning labs to catalyse change, and a market place with plenty of opportunity for delegates to bump into someone or something energising. NCVYS also launched its first Youth Report at the conference. The event was a joint venture organised by Leap Confronting Conflict, London Youth, NCVYS, NUS, NYA, The Foyer Federation, UK Youth and vInspired. Read more about it here.
Calling all youth organisations – Get Set to Make a Change
NCVYS is part of an exciting new programme which provides opportunities to young people from your organisation to gain skills and build on the legacy of the Olympics. Funded by Big Lottery, Get Set to make a change will build on the magic and power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games by empowering young people to work together to make a positive change in their communities. Read more about Get Set to Make a Change
NCVYS is once again delivering the Active Citizens programme! We are looking for 30 young people in England aged 18-25 who are interested in social action and we will help you develop the skills to take a lead in your community. The British Council's Active Citizens programme is a community empowerment and social action programme that builds lasting partnerships between communities in the UK and others around the world. Through a programme of training, community development and international exchange, Active Citizens aims to equip community leaders with the intercultural values and skills needed to help them engage with and build meaningful links with other cultures. Read more about the programme and apply.
NCVYS Affiliate Service
On the 1 August 2013 we launched a New Service that will enable us to build on the Progress and Catalyst legacy. The service will focus on supporting our Membership in developing capacity to: broker opportunities for partnership and collaborative work; open up new unrestricted funding opportunities; and provide access to sector specific specialists. Read more about the Affiliate Service.
Financing environment for youth sector
Back in 2011 the Young Foundation undertook research on behalf of the Catalyst consortium, a NCVYS coordinated partnership, to understand the financing environment for youth sector organisations and the potential role that social investment could play in supporting the sector. This informed the report – Growing Interest. Read more about the work of the Catalyst consortium.
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