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A youth sector response to the homelessness agenda in Wales

Author: Nick Hudd, Pembrokeshire Youth Service, 2019
Nick Hudd discusses the role of the youth work sector in addressing youth homelessness. He argues that the youth sector are well adept in providing support to young people experiencing the issues that can cause homelessness and, for those who sense a departure from more traditional forms of youth work, suggests that this agenda allows youth work practitioners to exercise their skills and experience in a way that can have a real impact.

Health and Wellbeing: A guide to working with young people

Author: Public Health Wales NHS Trust, Aneurin Bevan Gwent Public Health Team, PYOG 2018

This guide was developed as a resource for Youth Workers and a wide range of other professionals and volunteers who deliver health and well-being messages to children and young people aged 11-25. It provides health promotion information and activities on a range of topic areas.

Please note:

  • For some of the activities you will need internet access to view videos

  • Throughout the guide there are worksheets for which you will need access to a printer

  • Two PowerPoint presentations are available for download separately

  • The document will be updated online

Further information [external link to latest version]

Utilising Digital Technologies in the Delivery of Youth Work

Author: Nick Hudd 2018
Nick Hudd argues that youth workers should look to the future and better embrace digital technologies in order to reflect the importance of technology in the lives of young people and their active engagement with it.

Well-being, resilience and happiness

Author: Darrel Williams, University of Wales Trinity Saint David 2017

Presentation on well-being, reslience and happiness, given to a research conference at University of South Wales.

Career Pack f: Part 4

Author: CWVYS &Promo Cymru 2008

Youth work career pack produced for the Welsh Assembly Government by the Council for Wales of Voluntary Services (CWVYS) and Promo Cymru. 

Part 4 contains all the resources and plans for the sessions including icebreakers and exercises. 

Arson Awareness Project

Author: Steve Khaireh, Butetown Pavilion 2008

Short report of a project aimed to provide a significant range of opportunities to young people in the Butetown area of Cardiff by offering new opportunities and challenges, promoting a safe and fear-free environment with a particular emphasis on Arson Crime and improving the quality of life in the community.

The scheme aimed to improve a young person's CV through experiential learning and accredited opportunities helping them make positive changes and influence their patterns of behaviour.

Guidance on Healthier Food and Drink in Youth Work Settings

Author: Welsh Government, 2012

This booklet gives practical advice to support youth workers, volunteers and young people, when introducing healthier food and drink in venues where young people meet. It supports work being undertaken through Change4Life, Appetite for Life, and the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes, which all aim to improve the overall diet of young people living in Wales. It is consistent with the Welsh Government’s aim to ensure that our public sector settings are an exemplar of best practice in the drive to create an environment where it is easy for people eat healthily.

Newsline – Results of Questionnaire Survey of Youth Workers in Wales

Author: John Rose, Wales Youth Agency 2003

This paper contains the results of part of a questionnaire survey carried out to determine if the maintained youth service in Wales is able to meet the requirements of government policy and the needs of young people while maintaining its specific organisational identity. Information obtained through the questionnaire was gathered and analysed between 2000 and 2002 a period of time affected in a number of significant ways by devolved government and the setting up of the National Assembly for Wales (1999). From this time the youth service has become subject to greater levels of scrutiny within a political agenda that gives significant attention to improving the contribution of all young people to the economic and social well being of Wales. This was a position reinforced by the conclusions and recommendations of Extending Entitlement (NafW 2000) which became the government’s flagship document for the promotion of services to young people.

Developing a Policy on Sexual Health – A Guide for the Youth Service

Author: Wales Youth Agency 2000

The youth service and other organisations working with young people have a key role to play in their personal, social and health education. A needs assessment, however, carried out in Wales found that most youth organisations from both the maintained and voluntary sector have not formulated policies and practice to develop this work. Reasons for this are varied but include lack of clarity surrounding the role of the youth service and the legal implications of providing sexual health information and advice. The following pages contain ideas and suggestions for developing a sexual health policy and programme and factual information relating to the legal context for work in this complex area.

Newsline – Youth Work and Crime Prevention

Author: Liam Kealy, Wales Youth Agency 1998

This paper will establish the case that an adequately resourced youth service, able to adopt a range of approaches, is of inherent benefit to society.  Youth work is able to offer positive experiences which address the needs and aspirations of young people and enable them to develop as responsible citizens, able to make positive contributions to their communities.

Whilst the primary purpose of youth work has never been crime prevention it has an important contribution to make to this process.  This paper will refer to recent report from the Princes Trust, based on research undertaken by Coopers and Lybrand, which demonstrates the relationship between youth work and youth crime prevention. (Coopers and Lybrand: ‘Preventative Strategy for Young People in Trouble’ 1994)