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

JNC Pay Claim 2018-19

JNC Staff Side unions will meet employers on Monday (9th July) to see if they are ready to #PayUp for youth work.  The joint unions representing thousands of Youth and Community Workers across England and Wales in Local Government and the community, not for profit and voluntary sectors submitted the claim which if accepted, would narrow the growing gap between declining wages and the rising cost of living since 2010. The two year pay claim from September  2018 seeks to move the lowest paid staff onto the real living wage of £8.75 an hour (£10.20 in London). The unions also want all employees to receive £1000 or a 5% pay increase (whichever is greater) a year in 2018 and 2019.     The claim follows eight years of government-imposed pay restraint, which has seen wages either frozen or held to a one per cent increase for the majority of youth and community workers.  They have also see thousands of youth worker jobs being cut, hundreds of youth and play centres closed and funding cuts of more than £400 million since 2010.  Meanwhile, there has been an increase in violence that has affected young people all across the country since the start of 2018.       Unite, Unison, NEU and UCU say that it is time to pay up for youth work and value the services children and young people receive.    Unite national officer, Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe said: “Youth services have been disproportionately hit under austerity and over the last eight years we have seen thousands losing their jobs, seeing the crucial services they provide to children and young people cut to the bone and seeing their profession crumble through deprofessionalisation and downgrading. Things cannot carry on in this way. Youth and Community workers provide an invaluable service at the heart of their communities on a daily basis and deserve better than the pay cuts that have left them struggling to make ends meet.” The full claim can be found here. https://bit.ly/2KTVi2X

News from Around the Branches

Please let us know what is happening in your local authority or organisation. We know that many members and branches are facing huge threats to youth and play 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.

Contact Us

Help us keep in touch by letting us have your email address or any membership amendments by sending an email message using this link.

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

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 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.

Become a fan of Choose Youth on Facebook

Join the ChooseYouth campaign for a statutory youth service by liking it’s 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. To get started, just click "Like" on the top of the page and their postings will appear in your newsfeed.

Valuing Youth Work

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.

The Benefits of Youth Work written In conjunction with LLUK and Unite and researched by staff at the National Youth Agency is slightly dated now but still widely used and 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.

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.

Rapport - CYWU Specialist Journal


The very latest version of Rapport is now available for download. You can also access further backdated issues from this year, or subscribe here

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