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
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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
ChooseYouth West Midlands Event
ChooseYouth held an event on Saturday 25th in Birmingham with the focus of giving young people a voice and raising the profile of youth work. It was a great event and saw many young people take to the stage and perform a mixture of song and dance. It also provided a great opportunity to get more signatures on the petition to Ed Miliband calling for a statutory youth service as part of his manifesto pledge.
The plan is to present this petition to Miliband in the new year so therefore we need as many signatures on it as possible. Please spread the word and encourage people to sign. You can find the petition here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/protect-services-for-young-people-1
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
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.
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.
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