Community Youth Work Support2020-07-06T11:08:31+01:00

Community Youth Work Support

There is a strong history of Youth Work in Devon, provided by both the voluntary sector and the  Local Authority’s Youth Service .

We have a dedicated team of community youth workers, who support the many clubs working with young people across Devon.

  • To Support– we can provide support for a specific piece of work, or we can help you to lead sessions and plan programmes.

  • To connect-We can communicate with you via physical meetings , emails, phone calls, and web calls. We help clubs work together to achieve more sustainable practice.

  • To celebrate- We annually hold a ‘Celebrating Youth Work’ conference for showcasing youth work in Devon and help young people to show their clubs and achievements to a wider audience through volunteering, advocacy and promotion.

Small Grant Fund

  • Maximum grant of £5000 per group per year
  • Startup Grants for new youth groups of up to £1000
  • For groups working with any young people aged 11-19
  • Groups of young people from across Devon called The 9th Hub meet 3 times per year to consider applications.
  • The young people of 9th Hub allocate the grants according to a set of agreed criteria

We have a bespoke youth work skills and induction package available, which is being delivered online every week at no charge.  Follow the link to the VIP Package at the bottom of the page.

We hope to support you to gain the skills and confidence to engage with the young people of your community and have fun in the process!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any resources or equipment I can hire or borrow?2017-05-31T11:32:59+01:00

The community team provides specialist sessions like Drugs and Alcohol awareness using a range of practical equipment which is delivered through our trained [Space]  workers. We currently don’t hire or loan general equipment.

Is there a charge for your support?2017-05-31T11:32:31+01:00

There is no charge from the community team to work with your group. If you access accredited training delivered by our partner organisations this may incur a charge.

Can you staff my youth club?2017-05-31T11:32:03+01:00

The Community Team are not available to regularly staff sessions for you but we can offer support to recruit and train volunteers or staff. We can however support for a planned programme of delivery on a short term basis to address a particular need or issue.

Which youth clubs do you support?2017-05-31T11:31:37+01:00

Our priority age range is 11-19 with the local authority funding the majority of our work is within the 13-19 age range.

How do I register for support?2017-05-29T15:23:05+01:00

Under the brand of ‘Youth Work In Devon’, we have a strong partnership with VOYC, an umbrella support organisation that offer support to vol sector groups who work with children and families.  They offer strategic support to committees boards (insurance, safeguarding, legislative requirements), and we offer support in relation to practice in the main. We ask that everyone joins the VOYC membership, thus allowing them access to the wider support offered from both organisations. Once you have registered by following this link, if you provide work services that qualify for our support, then we will contact you directly and introduce ourselves.

Of course, if you have any questions or concerns then contact us here.

If you need more information about how we can support you or what can do to help start or improve provision in your area, contact the community team direct.

Small Grants Fund

Click here to get application forms, information and guidance about the Small Grants Fund which could give your club up to £5000

Support & resources

Click here to discover more about the support available from the Community Team and our partner organisations, including help with session delivery, policies, paperwork and resources.

V.I.P- Volunteer Induction Package

Click here to find out about our V.I.P package of staff induction and skills awareness. Improve your teams’ base skills, look at a wide range of modules we can deliver in your area FREE to staff and volunteers.

9th Hub

Click here to learn about the work of the 9th Hub volunteers and find out how ANY young person aged 13-19 in Devon can get involved both locally and across the county.

Meet Our Team

We are a team of 4 qualified and experienced youth workers who offer support and assistance so you can deliver quality youth work in your community.

Chris Jones
Chris JonesNorth Devon
Katie Hales
Katie HalesEast Devon
Caroline Down
Caroline DownWest Devon
Tom Coulthard
Tom CoulthardSouth Devon

“Personally I found the evening very helpful. Seeing how you dealt with lack of respect of equipment from some members and advising us volunteers about structuring the evening and how we should interact with members.

I know from talking to some of the other volunteers we all found it very helpful and it has given us more confidence to deal effectively with challenging behaviour.  We look forward to working with you in the coming weeks”

Mark, Supported Partner

” I would like to thank your Youth Worker for her support in a very difficult intimidating situation. She went above and beyond her job role to support me with this. She has built up a good relationship with me and the club I work for, her support has been invaluable. She has offered support with running sessions, training, signposting, activities and general enquiries or queries about correct procedures. A service well needed in my opinion. Thanks again!”

Alex, Supported Partner

“A big thank you to space* for confirming that what we want to do is feasible and for all the helpful information about support and funding”

Paul, Supported Partner
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