Youth Work Newsletter Next Edition

As you may know, CWVYS supports the Welsh Government to collect articles and news for the Youth Work newsletter.
The next issue is due out in September, so we’d like to encourage you to send us information about your news and events by 13th August.

Please send all information to ellie@cwvys.org.uk

In this issue, we’ll be reflecting on the experiences and challenges of the last 18 months. We’ll also be highlighting how we are implementing the learning that has resulted from the pandemic – so if you have a story that fits this theme of ‘reflections’, we’d love to hear it.

Here you can find the Style Guide to give you an idea of what the Youth Engagement team at the Welsh Government expects.

You can find previous issues here: https://gov.wales/youth-work-newsletters

To subscribe follow this link: https://gov.wales/subscribe-youth-work-newsletter

We look forward to seeing your submissions!

Youth Work Excellence Awards

The 2021 Youth Work Excellence Awards are now open for nominations.

All of the information you need to make a nomination, including the nomination form itself, is available online using the following link: https://gov.wales/youthworkexcellenceawards

We would be grateful for your help in circulating this information widely through your networks.

The closing date for nominations is Thursday 29 July 2021. 

We will be discussing at the next CWVYS Regional meeting on the 22nd of July, we strongly encourage CWVYS members to nominate themselves, the sector has a wealth of fantastic work going on and it’s worth sharing.

Vacancies with CWVYS members

A number of CWVYS members are advertising vacancies this month.

Adoption UK are looking for an Administrative Officer;

Adoption UK is the leading charity providing support, community, and advocacy for all those
parenting or supporting children who cannot live with their birth parents.
We connect adoptive families, provide information and signposting on a range of adoption related
issues and campaign for improvements to adoption policy and legislation at the highest
levels.
An exciting new role has arisen to provide admin assistance to the Wales team, to help them give
excellent support to adoptive families.
The role will include providing efficient administrative support, whilst also supporting the team
with organising publicity and campaigning events, scheduling meetings, ensuring records are
maintained, and working with the team to deliver a range of projects.
The right person for this role will have experience in administration support, be able to use a wide
variety of Microsoft applications, demonstrate the ability to work on their own initiative, have
excellent organisational skills, and will establish good rapport with colleagues and stakeholders of
the team at all levels of seniority
This is a part time, permanent role between 28 – 30 hours per week, working from our Cardiff
office with some home working flexibility. The post is funded by The National Lottery Community
Fund.
The role attracts a salary range of £21, 758 – £23,529 (pro-rated) dependant on experience.
Before completing the application form, we highly encourage you download the candidate pack.
This pack contains the Role Profile and guidance notes which will help you to complete the
application form against the criteria we are looking for.
We are committed to being an inclusive charity, and we welcome and encourage applications
from all sections of the community. As a UK wide charity, we aim to have representation from all
constituent nations.
We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people
and expect everyone working with us to share this commitment.

Closing date 14 July 2021 with Interviews scheduled for the 22 July 2021.

To apply for this role please visit Adoption UK website https://www.adoptionuk.org/jobs-page
If you have any questions or require support regarding the application or interview process, please
contact People Services on peopleservices@adoptionuk.org.uk or call 0300 666 0006. If you have
job specific questions, please contact Stuart McCarthy-Thompson on stuart.mccarthythompson@
adoptionuk.org.uk or call 07552 124247

 

Media Academy Cymru and YMCA Swansea have some exciting opportunities for young people;

MAC & YMCA Swansea are delighted to be working with the Youth Endowment Fund on ‘Legacy’ – a peer research innovation project
This exciting research project will engage, inspire and motivate young people into discussions about society and the communities in which they live to make the world a better place. We are recruiting 12 peer researchers and a project co-ordinator from across Wales.
MAC encourages applications from young people looking for their first step on their career ladder and with experiences of the criminal justice system, being looked after or from any community overrepresented in the criminal justice system. 

 

Legacy Project Peer Researchers

• We are actively recruiting young people aged 16-20
• Newport, Cardiff, Swansea or Wrexham
• Full time and part time roles available
• £18,278 per annum (full time equivalent)
• Duration 14 months from September 2021

Legacy Project Co-ordinator & Lead Researcher

• We are actively recruiting a young person aged 16-25
• Cardiff or Swansea
• Full time (37 hours per week)
• £22,500 per annum
• Duration 16 months from September 2021

If you are interested in these posts or have any questions, please email
melanie@mediaacademycymru.wales or call us on 029 2066 7668.
Applications close on 12th July at 12pm midday.

 

MAC are also looking to employ a Divert Manager (Maternity Cover);

Role Outline:

The Divert Manager is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operational management and quality assurance of MAC’s and Cardiff Youth Justice Service’s ‘Divert’ programme.

The ideal candidate will have a degree level education, management experience and a recent working knowledge of the youth justice system.

  • Salary: £40,000 per annum
  • Hours/Days: 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday (some evening/weekend working)
  • Location: Cardiff
  • Start Date: Immediate start date available
  • Term: Temporary – maternity cover until 31 December 2021 (in the first instance)

Satisfactory references and enhanced DBS required before appointment.

 

To Apply

MAC is an equal opportunities employer, welcoming all applicants without discrimination.
For a job description and person specification email: melanie@mediaacademycymru.wales
Application will be by CV and cover letter outlining how the person specification is met.
The closing date for CV submission is 12pm (midday) 7th July 2021

Renew and Reform well-being and progression plan

This week the ‘Renew and Reform: Supporting learners’ well-being and progression plan’ was launched. It was accompanied by a Written Statement from the Minister for Education and the Welsh Language Jeremy Miles, who also has Youth Work in his portfolio.

He said of the plan, that it “brings together and builds on the successful interventions and initiatives deployed over the last year, including retaining and supporting more than 1,800 full-time equivalent staff recruited under the Recruit, Recover, and Raise Standards programme.”

You can find out more on the Welsh Government website.

 


 

Adoption UK Support Worker Vacancy

Children and Young People Support Worker

Adoption UK is the leading charity providing support, community, and advocacy for all those parenting or supporting children who cannot live with their birth parents. Their vision is for an equal chance of a bright future for every child unable to live with their birth parents.

They currently have an exciting opportunity for a Children and Young People Support Worker within their Connected team at Adoption UK.
The role involves the development, delivery and promotion of the Children and Young People Service in the Western Bay and West Wales adoption service areas. The successful candidate will work closely with the team to ensure families are aware of and can access adoption support services.

More information from Adoption UK;

The right person for this role will have previous experience of working with children and/or young people and will ideally be qualified to level 3 in Youth Work. You will have an understanding of the particular challenges for adopted children, and you will be able to work some evenings and weekends.
If you have a passion for making a difference and share in our vision for adoptive and kinship care families, we would like to hear from you.
This is a part time post of 16 hours per week, working from our Carmarthen office, with travel around the region. The role is on a fixed term contract until 31 March 2022 with the potential for extension subject to funding.
The role attracts a salary of £18,418.40, pro-rated to 16 hours.

Before completing the application form, we highly encourage you download the candidate pack. This pack contains the Role Profile and guidance notes which will help you to complete the application form against the criteria we are looking for. We are committed to being an inclusive charity, and we welcome and encourage applications from all sections of the community. As a UK wide charity, we aim to have representation from all constituent nations. We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect everyone working with us to share this commitment.

Closing Date: 07 July 2021

If you have any questions or require support regarding the application or interview process, please contact People Services on peopleservices@adoptionuk.org.uk

If you have job specific questions, please contact Ruth Letten on ruth.letten@adoptionuk.org.uk or call 07970 168546.

Please apply by visiting our website https://www.adoptionuk.org/jobs-page

 

Mapping and Evaluating the Voluntary Youth Work Sector for Wales

The Faculty of Life Sciences and Education at the University of South Wales is offering the opportunity for a candidate to complete a study of “Mapping and Evaluating the Voluntary Youth Work Sector for Wales”

Details;
Annual Stipend: £11.8k p.a
Application Deadline: Midnight Sunday 25th July 2021

This is a funded MbyRes, including a generous stipend and tuition fees, with well-resourced circumstances for a successful scholarship.

Here is an exciting opportunity to conduct a research study which could lead to entirely new approaches in the voluntary youth work sector.

The selected candidate will apply their knowledge on the sector, research skills and ambition to assist in mapping and evaluating the voluntary youth work sector. This opportunity will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of criminology/social science.

The project is backed by CWVYS. You can find more information here;

KESS 2 Mapping and Evaluating the Voluntary Youth Work Sector for Wales – MRes Scholarship

 

 

 

Youth Work Week – Share Your Stories

This is an important message regarding Youth Work Week, Ellie Parker has been working hard (in such a short space of time!) to create a resource pack for the whole youth work sector, to make it easy for you to share your stories and get involved online during Youth Work Week. All the information is below, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with ellie@cwvys.org.uk

For convenience here you can find;

 

 

Some words from Ellie;

Are you ready for Youth Work Week?

Youth Work Week is an annual celebration of youth work across Wales. It’s an opportunity for young people, youth workers, and youth work organisations to reflect on the challenges and celebrate the positive outcomes of the last 12 months.

This year, we’ll be highlighting the innovation, resilience and resourcefulness that the sector has shown during an exceptionally difficult year.

Through the theme ‘Expressive’ we will aim to highlight how youth work provides opportunities for learning that encourage and enable young people to express their ideas, opinions, emotions and aspirations through a range of creative and challenging opportunities. We’ll be celebrating the benefits that young people gain from their engagement with youth work services, particularly around issues of identity, self-expression and confidence.

We would like to see lots of best practice examples of youth work from across Wales and we would like young people to take this opportunity to express their ideas and views on topics or issues that have an impact on their lives.

It’s really easy to get involved!

The week runs from 23rd-30th June and we’d like to see social media platforms flooded with your inspiring stories, using the hashtag #ThisIsYouthWork

We have created a communications pack to help you (it contains bilingual graphics/banners and sample content for social media that you can customise to suit your organisation).

Each day of the week is a chance to highlight achievements and outcomes that show the benefits that youth work creates for young people. Each day is also a chance to say thank you and recognise the huge contribution that all those working in youth work services have made to young people and communities.

Here are just a few ways you might consider getting involved:

  1. Share photographs* – remember to capture memories and share experiences, whatever you have planned during Youth Work Week! Take plenty of photos to share on your social media channels (and please don’t forget to tag us @YWWales and @cwvys)!
  2. Create a video for social media* – consider using your phone to capture and share footage of activities you are involved in during the week or ask people for their views on what #ThisIsYouthWork means to them.
  3. Provide a short case study* to illustrate the #ThisIsYouthWork campaign – whether you are a youth worker, a parent or a young person, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Get in touch with ellie@cwvys.org.uk if you would like support with developing and writing your case study.
  4. Follow us on @YWWales for news, to find out what’s on and to share your stories using #ThisIsYouthWork.

There are so many wonderful stories from youth work to celebrate – let’s make sure we share them and do our best to give young people in Wales and all those who support them the recognition they deserve.

* Please ensure you check you have the relevant permissions when sharing photos or videos online and it’s a good idea to avoid mentioning full names or including any information that could reveal the person’s identity. Top tip – if in doubt, don’t post it!

Welsh Youth Parliament Resumes

The second Welsh Youth Parliament election campaign has launched today (the 3rd of June 2021)!

Voter registration is open, and youth organisations are encouraged to apply to become official Welsh Youth Parliament partner organisations for the new term.
You can find a timeline of key dates as well of other important information about the Welsh Youth Parliament in this  Letter to Stakeholders

It would be brilliant if youth work organisations and those working with young people could get the message out far and wide. Perhaps CWVYS members would be interested in registering as partner organisations? You can find out how by clicking on this link; Become a partner organisation (senedd.wales)

The opportunity to be part of the Welsh Youth Parliament will be available to all young people between the age of 11 (by the 31 August, 2021) and up to 17 years old during the 01 – 22 November election 2021. You can find out more about it here; Welsh Youth Parliament (senedd.wales)

Youth Work Summary table of Covid-19 restrictions

Youth Work Summary table of restrictions at each alert level;

The table in this RAG Guidance document has been developed by the Youth Work Sector to support the delivery of Youth Work provision to young people in Wales at each alert level

The current alert level for Wales can be found here – https://gov.wales/coronavirus

At all alert levels, the latest Welsh Government guidance must be followed – https://gov.wales/coronavirus

Youth work guidance can be found here – https://gov.wales/youth-work-services-guidance-coronavirus

Guidance to reduce the risk to minimise risk exposure https://gov.wales/taking-all-reasonable-measures-minimise-risk-exposure-coronavirus-workplaces-and-premises-open

The table provides examples of what types of youth work could be appropriate at each alert level and is based on the Welsh Government Coronavirus Control Plan https://gov.wales/coronavirus-control-plan-revised-alert-levels-wales-march-2021

Produced by CWVYS with input from David Williams, Chair of the PYOG, and with advice from Welsh Government

 

Views sought on new Curriculum guidance

The Welsh Government has opened a consultation on additional guidance for the new Curriculum for Wales.

The eight-week consultation includes further draft guidance and a code for teaching of Relationships and Sexuality Education and Religion, Values and Ethics.

Links to the consultation documents:

English: https://hwb.gov.wales/curriculum-for-wales/consultations-on-additional-curriculum-for-wales-guidance

The following eight areas are now open for consultation:

Loads of jobs at Urdd Gobaith Cymru

Fantastic news to share this week from CWVYS members Urdd Gobaith Cymru, they’re recruiting for 60 jobs across Wales! The details can be found here; https://www.urdd.cymru/en/current-vacancies/

You can also find information on their social media pages, you’re very welcome to share;

https://twitter.com/urdd

https://www.facebook.com/urddgobaithcymru/

Adult Learning Wales is Recruiting!

The Youth Community and Playwork Team at Addysg Oedolion Cymru / Adult Learning Wales is recruiting for Part Time Associate Tutors to teach on the Youth Support Worker Qualifications.  They deliver these qualifications to youth workers across Wales.  There is a good demand for their courses and there is a need to expand the pool of part time tutors.

To apply you will need to be Professionally Qualified Youth Worker to Level 6 and have a minimum Teaching Qualification at Level 3.  On average, tutors teach 1 course a term in addition to their main youth work post.  There are options to teach more.

All course materials have been written and approved.  Tutors will need to plan delivery and assess learning.  If your application is successful, you will join the Youth Community and Playwork Team of Tutors and Addysg Oedolion Cymru / Adult Learning Wales Tutors.  You will be supported to attend termly Youth Community and Playwork Tutor meetings and training opportunities.

If you are interested, you can download and complete this application pack.  If you would like to discuss this further, please contact; recruitment@adultlearning.wales