Community Youth Work Support2018-05-02T11:52:14+01:00

Community Youth Work Support

*to support                    *to connect                *to celebrate

There is a strong history of Youth Work in Devon, provided by both the Local Authority’s  Youth Service and the wider vol sector. We have a dedicated team of youth workers, who support the many clubs who work with young people.

What space* aim to do

In this service area, we try to split our time equally between supporting the adult volunteers (and paid staff) in our local youth sector and the young people they support. This could mean anything from a phone call to reassure youth workers and help them feel that they are not alone to a 6-week planned intervention to help resolve conflict or something similar. We work alongside VOYC (who provide infrastructure support to the youth sector) and administer a Small Grants Fund as part of our offer. Please take a look through the FAQ below, or get in touch, to find out more.

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.

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.

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.

How much can I apply for?2018-09-26T14:17:20+01:00

Per financial year you can apply for the following amounts-

A group – £5,000

An individual- £200



What can I apply for?2018-09-26T14:24:38+01:00

Your groups can apply for

  • Up to 100% of Youth Worker Salaries and on-costs (Youth Workers must be employed on JNC terms and conditions of service- please see the full guidance notes for more information on JNC terms)
  • Up to 75% of youth worker salaries if not on JNC terms and conditions
  • Up to 50% of total running costs
  • Up to 50% of total furniture or equipment costs

We will also consider grants for anything not covered about that falls into the category of ‘other’ such as staff training, residential trips and events etc..

Who can apply?2018-09-26T14:25:03+01:00


Before you apply you must be registered with VOYC – if you are unsure if you are a member or would like to apply please see for more information

You also also need to  meet the following criteria:

  • the majority of the young people who use your project/group must be aged between 11 and 19
  • your practice must have a strong emphasis on the pillars of youth work – Inclusivity, designed in partnership with young people’s voice and the encouragement of leadership.
  • It is preferable that the applications have a high level of young people’s involvement, however we recognise that this is a challenge for  a new group that is starting up.



  • Be aged between 11 -19
  • live in Devon
  • Apply for a  grant that would enable them to reach their full potential, or make an impact in their community.
Are there any groups you won’t fund?2018-09-26T14:26:03+01:00

Though we welcome applications from any groups that work with young people , we may not fund the following clubs for the following reasons:

  • Sporting organisations and M.O.D. groups such as football clubs, athletics clubs, Army Cadets and Air Training Corps, while their work is valuable to young people it is recognised that such organisations can usually attract external funding to a higher level than say a village run voluntary youth club.
  • Groups whose predominant focus is the promotion or furtherance of a particular political or religious cause, which could exclude some young people, are unlikely to receive direct funding. However they may well receive advice, guidance and other support. ​
Do I need to send any supporting documents with my application?2018-09-26T14:27:18+01:00
  • A copy Copy of any Youth Work qualifications if applicable
  • A certified copy of last years accounts
  • Any breakdown of equipment applied for
  • Any other supporting documents/photographs/young person statements that you wish to include to support your application
  • Registration with VOYC: your last review date with VOYC, if known
How often do you look at applications?2018-09-26T14:29:31+01:00

We have three equal rounds throughout the year- the panel usually meet in July, September and December- please see the guidance notes for specific closing dates.

How long will it take before I hear if I have been successful?2018-09-26T14:31:52+01:00

We aim to look at applications within 2 weeks of the closing dates and inform you of the outcome within a further 2 weeks. You will be contacted whether your application is successful or not.

If your application has been unsuccessful it may be returned because further supporting information is required or was missing. If this is the case and it is submitted in time it can be re considered at the next allocation date. If you are successful the award will be transferred into the bank account details supplied.

My group are putting in an application- can we also get our young people to put in individual ones?2018-09-26T14:32:57+01:00

If you belong to an organisation that is also making a group application to the Small Grant Fund, multiple individual applications associated with that group may influence the decision by the panel on any grants awarded.

How do you decide who gets money?2018-09-26T14:35:24+01:00

A group of Young People, The 9th Hub, who represent youth clubs from all over Devon.

When they meet they discuss and score the following factors:

  • Presentation, effort put in & level of young people’s involvement
  • Quality of youth provision (evidence of training, safeguarding & H&S documents)
  • What the benefits are, what is the impact going to be, is it inclusive to all young people?
  • Will the project survive without the grant?
  • It is offering the best value for money?


How much does it cost?2018-10-17T11:32:31+01:00

There is no charge for the 9th hub, all transport, activities and food is provided free of cost by space*

How do I join 9th Hub?2018-10-17T11:17:51+01:00

Contact the community team via email or ask your youth worker to contact us-

Do I need to be a member of a youth club to take part?2018-10-17T11:18:43+01:00

No, the 9th hub is open to all young people aged 13-19 across Devon.

How old do I have to be?2018-10-17T11:20:45+01:00

The 9th Hub is aimed at more mature young people as there is a work element and we recommend that you be at least 13 and no older than 19. If you are outside those ages then you can still help by volunteering at your local youth club!

How often does 9th hub meet?2018-10-17T11:26:16+01:00

We meet at least 3 times per year for grant allocations, plus our annual youth work conference and other events, you should expect to do at least one activity per school term.

How much does it cost?2018-10-17T11:37:47+01:00

There is no charge for the 9th hub, all transport, activities and food is provided free of cost by space*

How long is the training?2019-03-07T20:36:42+01:00

45 mins to an hour for each module but we usually deliver a couple at a time to make it worth everyone’s time.

Do I have to do them all?2019-03-07T20:37:28+01:00

No – you can pick and chose the modules most relevant to your needs

Do I need any experience to do this training?2019-03-07T20:39:21+01:00

These introduction sessions are designed to stimulate discussions and debate about the purpose and benefits of youth work. They are great for newcomers and seasoned youth workers alike!

You can do in any order2019-03-07T20:40:35+01:00

Yes we can tailor the sessions to your needs, although some lead into others, for information please call to see when we are next visiting your area

Do I get a certificate?2019-03-07T20:42:00+01:00

We will issue a certificate of attendance but the training is not accredited

Who can attend?2019-03-07T20:43:24+01:00

Anyone currently working or volunteering in your centre – or any local organisations that work with young people,  (such as uniform groups etc) interested parents, older young people who volunteer…..

Is there any additional time commitment for me after the sessions?2019-03-07T20:44:19+01:00

No- your attendance at the sessions is all we need – no homework and no role play!

  • Funding to help with running costs

  • Advice on the end of a phone

  • Support comes with tea (and sometimes Caroline’s famous cake)

  • Wide range of support activities

  • Amazing volunteering opportunities for young people

Download Small Grants Fund application form
Download small grants fund guidance
Download small grant fund (for individuals)
Youth Clubs supported
£££ of funding allocated last year

Some thoughts from our friends

“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”



Community Teams Blog

Meet the team

Caroline Down
Caroline DownWest Devon & Torridge
Tom Coulthard
Tom CoulthardSouth Hams & Teignbridge
Kate Hales
Kate HalesExeter, East & Mid Devon
Chris Jones
Chris JonesNorth Devon