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.

Latest News

Your vote is your voice – make sure it is heard!

Please vote in the consultative ballot which opens on Tuesday 28 August 2018 until noon on Wednesday 19th September 2018. 

The CYPW National Committee recommends that members ACCEPT this employer’s offer as the best offer that can be achieved in this climate and this offer represents hard won progress on recent previous pay deals. This will predominantly be an electronic consultative ballot, so do ensure we have an up to date email address on your membership record.  If the system does not hold a functioning email address for you we will send you a postal ballot with a freepost return address envelope. More information about the consultative ballot and the pay offer is available here.

For a statutory youth service!

The Labour Party consultation into a statutory youth service is underway and we hope that individual members and branches will respond. You can take part whether you’re a Labour Party member or not, and this is a real chance to promote the benefits of youth work and the need for a statutory universal youth service with ring fenced funding. More information is available here.

Unite calls for cash boost to youth services

The government has announced that it will undertake a review of statutory guidance that requires local authorities to provide youth services under plans outlined in its new Civil Society Strategy which will provide "greater clarity" on what youth services the government expects councils to deliver. Our National Officer, Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe responds here. 

JNC Pay Claim 2018-19

The full claim can be accessed here.

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

Choose Youth

We remain active supporters of the ChooseYouth campaign and you can read about recent developments, particularly with regard to Labour Party support for a statutory youth service on their website.  You can also follow the ChooseYouth campaign on social media. To get started, just click "Like" on the top of the page and their postings will appear in your newsfeed.

Other News and Information

Rapport April 2018

Sector Research & Reports

We have a number of research reports available that despite being written some years ago are still useful reference points for consultation responses. 

Play is a serious business examined the impact of cuts for playwork and puts forward Unite’s view that it is a child’s right to play; and part of this right should be to experience good quality, staffed, local play provision that is free to all. We believe this has intrinsic value to children and has positive wider benefits for parents, young people and local communities.

Valuing Youth Work from the NYA is still a useful resource and 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 Magazine - Hot of the Press!

The very latest version of Rapport is available above as an electronic publication. Further back issues are also now available in this format here. There are also limited numbers of hard copy magazines available and please contact Kerry to make enquiries. 


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