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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Action Squads Programme: Invitation to Tender
NCVYS and its partners are seeking to commission an organisation or consultant to evaluate the impact of The Action Squads Programme, funded by Youth Social Action Journey Fund. Further information can be found here or contact Sarah Grady email email@example.com
Stop, Look and Listen: NCVYS makes 28 February National Safeguarding Day
NCVYS is calling on all children and youth organisations to make 28 February the one day every year where organisations Stop what they are doing, Look at their safeguarding practices and Listen to young people, empowering them to take an active role in managing their own safety. NCVYS’s new national safeguarding campaign aims to inspire and encourage children and youth organisations to show commitment to improving their safeguarding policies and standards. Find out how you can make your pledge.
Feedback from National Safeguarding Day welcomed
NCVYS held its first National Safeguarding Day on the 28 February 2014. Thank you to everyone who took part. We welcome any feedback about what you thought about the campaign idea and we would like to hear how your day went. Please respond via twitter @NCVYS or email firstname.lastname@example.org. And remember to book in the National Safeguarding Day in your diaries for next year - 27 February 2015!
Safeguarding resources to help you
Our Decision, co-produced with Children England and the Disclosure and Barring Service, is a package of support to aide voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations working with children, young people and families to understand the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application process.
Are you interested in receiving external ‘peer' assessment on you safeguarding practice as a whole? The NCVYS Sound Systems Accreditation Quality Mark is something you should perhaps consider.
Keeping It Safe is a young person-centred approach to safeguarding and child protection. It's an essential tool helping children and young people's voluntary and community organisations work through the process of safeguarding. For today only, you can view a copy of the standards here free of charge.
The full copy of the standards together with guidance notes is priced at £50.00 (NCVYS members) and £65.00 (non NCVYS members).
Further queries: contact Isabelle King, Innovation and Sustainability Manager on 07939289492 or email email@example.com.
Shaping Participation: Shaping practice for a stronger youth-led future
Learn, shape and share practical ways on working with young people - attend this one day event! NCVYS and Woodcraft Folk have joined forces to create and deliver this one day event which will provide a unique opportunity to learn, share and shape meaningful and practical ways to work with and for young people. Click here to book your place today!
Youth Report: the place to go for data and statistics
Youth Report is a new intelligence hub focussed on young people. It will be the place to go for data and statistics on young people and youth services as well as those looking for information on current youth policy initiatives and youth research. It will provide a knowledge bank for effective youth support practice and impact. Youth Report will make existing data, statistics, research and practice examples more accessible to anyone who is planning activities, services and investment with and for young people.
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.
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.
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