Welcome to the website of the Community, Youth and Playworkers in Unite! Formerly the Community and Youth Workers’ Union (CYWU) and now part of Unite the union, the biggest trade union in Europe. As part of the Community, Youth Workers and Not for Profit Sector, our members are either working or training to work with children, young people and communities in statutory or voluntary settings. This website offers access to information for both members and non members and if there is anything you would like to see here please contact us.
CYWU News Bulletins
ChooseYouth West Midlands Event
ChooseYouth is asking youth workers, playworkers and young people from across the West Midlands and surrounding areas to come together on the 25th October in support of services for young peopl. The event is being held in Victoria Square between 12 and 3pm and there will be lots of events, speakers and music to enjoy. The important message of the day will be to demonstrate just what youth services and youth work in particular really is and celebrate the great work that is undertaken.
You can download a poster here and spread the word. If we are to really make a difference then this event needs to be supported well. Start planning and organising now for attendance and make this youth work be the topic of conversation in Birmingham.
JNC Pay Claim 2013
The Staff Side of the JNC have reluctantly settled the 2013 Pay Claim. Full details can be found by following the links here:
Choose Youth Manifesto
Our Vision for A New Youth Service has been published by Choose Youth and full details are available on their website.
Valuing Youth Work
Further research has been published by the Local Government Association and the National Youth Agency. Valuing Youth Work contains case studies of local authority-funded projects in Birmingham, Devon, Hartlepool, Hounslow, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Rotherham and the Wirral. Each example shows how organisations and councils can work together to provide services covering health, citizenship, participation, and training and education, and the positive impacts such work has on young people.
Benefits of Youth Work - In conjunction with LLUK and Unite and researched by staff at the National Youth Agency this study could not be better timed. The Benefits of Youth Work sets out in simple terms the reasons why our work is important, why it is cost effective and how it makes a real difference to young people`s lives.Ideal for councillors, policy makers and their colleagues within multi disciplinary teams. Hard copies of this document can be obtained for postage and packaging costs in advance from Kerry Jenkins
Community and Youth Workers Section Office
Is located at Transport House, 211 Broad Street, Birmingham, B15 1AY,Tel: 0121 643 6221 Fax: 0121 633 0184
Help us keep in touch by letting us have your email address or any membership amendments by sending an email message to Kerry Jenkins - here
For contact details of your local branch please contact your local Unite Office the details can be obtained from the Unite website, www.unitetheunion.org or by clicking here
Unite the Union website
Visit the Unite the Union website and see what Europe’s biggest union is doing to support it’s members. The website has a dedicated section for the Community, Youth Workers and Not for Profit Industrial Sector and direct links to this website.
Other News and Information
Cuts to playwork services
The preliminary findings from the survey looking at the impact of cuts has been analysed and a report on this can be found in the January edition of Rapport.
For more information on playwork in Unite contact Chris Martin, Playwork Convenor, at: Chris.Martin@unitetheunion.org
News from Around the Branches
All Branches are facing huge threats to youth services across the nations. Please let us know what is happening in your area so that we can keep an overall view of the cuts and of the fight that is needed.
Oxfordshire Branch - watch campaign highlights here.
Become a fan of Choose Youth on Facebook
Join the Choose Youth community by liking the page. The page will be used to keep you up to date with all the latest news from the Chooseyouth campaign as well as other campaigns and developments. You can add photos and postings of your own and contribute to the discussion in the forums. To get started, just click "Like" on the top of the page and their postings will appear in your newsfeed.
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