Welcome to the website of the Community and Youth Workers 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 2013
The JNC Pay Claim for 2013 has been formally submitted to the Employers and is asking for a substantial increase on all grades and allowances. The Employers Side have said that they hope to be able to formally respond at the next full JNC meeting on 22nd April.
Choose Youth agrees Manifesto
Our Vision for A New Youth Service has been published by Choose Youth and full details are available on their website.
JNC Agreement 2012
The JNC for Youth and Community Workers has now published its revised Agreement (Pink book), 2012 edition. The new edition revises the 2005 Report and amending circulars. It includes the full, current conditions of service for youth and community workers and covers issues such as maternity, sick leave and qualified youth worker status.The report is available to download in full here free of charge.
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? Tell us...
Unite the Union has launched a new survey to look at how the current funding cuts to local authorities and voluntary sector organisations have been affecting playworkers, play provision and children.
The survey builds on one carried out in July 2011, which reported that 74% of employers were planning to make cuts, 76% of employers had put staff at risk of redundancy, and over 50% had moved staff away from frontline roles. Respondents reported that over 50,000 children would be adversely affected by the cuts, which affect out-of-school provision, holiday playschemes, adventure playgrounds and community play ranger programmes.
The current austerity measures are leading to the closure of well loved community play services across the country, most located in the most deprived communities.
The survey is here:
For more information on playwork in Unite contact Chris Martin, Playwork Convenor, at: Chris.Martin@unitetheunion.org
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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.
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