We are marking Youth Work Week and celebrating the impact of the Youth Investment Fund, transforming youth centres across England, levelling-up the youth sector and creating life-changing opportunities for thousands of young people.
Youth work in every place and space
£160 million in grants has already been announced to 87 youth centres, from large local authority projects to renovated scout huts, and from extended community hubs to brand new youth centres: stretching from Liverpool to Lowestoft and the Isle of Wight to Sunderland. So far, the projects benefiting from Youth Investment Fund will be able to reach another 28,500 young people, giving them new opportunities to have fun, meet other young people, thrive, and learn new skills for life and work.
The grant programme has funded youth work centres in every place and every space across England, in churches, in theatres, in outdoor adventure parks, in garden centres and even in an old derelict public house. Some funded projects are creating spaces for unusual youth activities, like a new home to house a flight simulator and model aircraft projects that young people love making. And some youth services are trying new ways to develop exciting new spaces for young people, like using Modern Methods of Construction to create sustainable and accessible centres.
Amazing youth work can happen in the most extraordinary places. That’s why we are marking Youth Work Week, by sharing a new film that captures the impact of some of the newly funded youth services and to show that quality youth work can take place almost anywhere. You can watch our new Youth Investment Fund film.