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

Welsh Government statement on Coronavirus restrictions;

The Welsh Government has issued a written statement with coverage in the media on the latest easing of restrictions;

 https://gov.wales/covid-19-restriction-relaxations-wales-brought-forward?_ga=2.33561576.815046516.1617956224-1207488457.1611216949

We understand that Wales will be moving into Alert Level 3 on May 17th  –https://gov.wales/moving-wales-alert-level-3-first-minister-sets-out-plans-further-relax-covid-restrictions

We are in dialogue with Welsh Government with matters members have raised with us concerning youth work provision and COVID restrictions.

We are awaiting a release date of the revised version of the youth work COVID guidance.

As soon as we receive an update we will share this with you

Welch Government Covid19 Guidance –https://gov.wales/coronavirus

Thank you catrin@cwvys.org.uk

Job Vacancy

CWVYS are looking for a Marketing & Communications Officer to work on behalf of the entire youth work sector in Wales.

We are looking for a creative and skilled person who will lead on delivering a step-change in support of the marketing and communications needs of the whole youth work services sector.

Applicants are invited to register initial interest in this position by e-mailing paul@cwvys.org.uk . A copy of the job description/person specification and application form will then be e-mailed in return.

When completing the application form, candidates will be expected to indicate and to prove how their experience and skills match the requirements of the role as outlined in the job description and person specification.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 10.00am on 14th April 2021.

You can find more information in this document.

Welsh Government Youth Work Newsletter

This week the Welsh Government published their Youth Work Newsletter, on the subject of Democratic Engagement.

Here’s the link to the latest edition.

A number of CWVYS members contributed, and there are some lovely features in there from the statutory youth sector too. Thank you to everyone who sent in content to be featured. It is the second issue that CWVYS supported the Youth Engagement team in gathering content and editing it, going forward if you want to contribute to the next newsletter you can email  youthwork@gov.wales

If you’d like to receive future issues directly, you can subscribe here.