In May this year, the Centre began working with the Local Government Association to update the Catalyst Framework of Outcomes for Young People (originally published in 2012) in line with LGA’s Bright Futures: Our Vision for Youth Services. We spent the summer working with our network leads, talking to commissioners, elected members and practitioners, and are now coming to the end of a first phase of work to update the original ‘clusters of capabilities’ and set the new framework in context. The final draft framework will be launched at the National Children and Adult Services Conference in Manchester next week.
We’re really pleased to announce that LGA has decided to support a second phase of the work, enabling us to continue working with the Centre’s network leads to support the process of putting the framework into practice. We’ll also be working closely with the NYA as part of the second phase, aligning with their forthcoming revised commissioning guidance and thinking through the implications of the new framework. The Framework will be published on our website next week, and we will also share more details about our plans for phase two. For more information, please contact Steve Hillman.
The Centre for Youth Impact is committed to working collaboratively to progress thinking and practice in impact measurement in youth work and provision for young people. Our vision is for all young people to have access to high quality programmes and services that improve their life chances. We believe that embedded approaches to more meaningful impact measurement are critical in achieving our vision.
Our networks are at the heart of how we work. The Head of Networks and Practice Development will be responsible for developing and strengthening these relationships and our wider networks, and leading the support that we offer to youth sector practitioners and managers across the UK (further details on our existing networks can be found here).
The Head of Networks and Practice Development will form part of the Centre’s Senior Leadership Team, and will contribute both capacity and expertise to the Centre’s small, dynamic team.
We are looking for an outstanding candidate who is imaginative and agile, with strong interest and high-level skills in evaluation and capacity building for social sector organisations. You will need to have an appetite for understanding and navigating complexity, with an inquisitive mind and interest in youth-focused public policy and system dynamics. We take a coaching approach to all of our work, so skills and experience in this area will be a distinct advantage.
We’re looking for someone with the relevant skills, knowledge and experience who wants to make a difference to the life chances of young people, and the organisations that exist to support them.
If all of the above sounds appealing, then please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter (up to 800 words) that states how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line ‘Head of Networks and PD application’. The deadline for receipt of your applications is 5pm Monday 8 October 2018.
Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.
Interviews will take place on Wednesday 17 October 2018.
If you have any questions about the role, please email Bethia McNeil (email@example.com) to arrange an informal conversation.
Please see the supporting document for the job description and person specification.
The Centre for Youth Impact and Project Oracle are delighted to announce that they have joined forces.
Project Oracle will operate from within the Centre, leveraging its excellent work and reputation while allowing it to continue its work on validations, training and evaluation placements in London, and beyond, through the Centre’s networks.
Project Oracle has evolved continuously to achieve its mission. Emerging from a project at the Greater London Authority, Project Oracle Evidence Hub started life as a partnership between The Social Innovation Partnership and London Metropolitan University, led by founding Co-Directors Professor Georgie Parry-Crooke and Stephen Bediako. Then in 2016, Project Oracle became an independent registered charity led by Sue Holloway. Now the joining of Project Oracle with The Centre for Youth Impact creates the opportunity to develop a stronger, combined offer for the youth sector in the UK.
Bethia McNeil, Director of the Centre for Youth Impact, says:
“I am delighted that the Centre for Youth Impact and Project Oracle have been able to take this opportunity to bring the two organisations together to strengthen our support and commitment to high quality youth work and provision for young people across the UK. The Centre and Project Oracle have long been closely aligned through our respective values and we can now move forward with translating this into a clear and accessible support role to the sector”.
The coming together of the Centre and Project Oracle creates the space in which to integrate the expertise and partnerships of the two organisations at a time when the quality and reach of youth work and provision for young people has arguably never been so critical. By joining forces, Project Oracle and the Centre for Youth Impact can better support all those working with and for young people.
We are delighted to be working with Renaisi to act as learning partner for the Act for Change Fund.
The Act for Change Fund is a £3.6million partnership for organisations supporting young people working for change. The fund will provide resources for young people to challenge social injustice, find ways of overcoming inequality and give voice to the issues they are experiencing.
A joint initiative between Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation (EEF) in partnership with #iwill and the Big Lottery Fund, the Act for Change Fund will promote the potential of young people with experience of disadvantage to devise and develop activities and programmes to shape the world around them. It aims to create a more diverse group of social, cultural and political leaders for the future.
Renaisi and the Centre for Youth impact will support PHF, EFF and their partners to learn through the fund how we can best build the strengths of young people, both for their own development, and to have a positive impact on their communities. We will work closely with young people and the organisations supporting them, while also building upon existing knowledge in the sector. Our twin focus as learning partners will be to examine ways in which the benefit to communities might be understood, while also exploring the effect of leading change on the development of young people’s skills, capabilities and wellbeing.
We are excited to be working on the pilot of the Enterprise Development Programme led by Access - The Foundation for Social Investment. The two programmes being piloted are Enterprise Grants and Enterprise Learning. Initially we are developing this programme in sub-sectors and have chosen to focus on homelessness and youth services. We believe that these sectors have significant untapped potential for enterprise development and therefore a latent requirement for social investment. We will use the learnings from the pilot programmes focused on these sectors to support other sectors and places to encourage enterprise development.
A coalition of partners have come together to deliver the pilot programmes Enterprise Grants and Enterprise Learning. Homeless Link, UK Youth and The Centre for Youth Impact are key sector bodies supporting the programmes. Social Investment Business are delivering Enterprise Grants and The School for Social Entrepreneurs are delivering Enterprise Learning.
About the Enterprise Development Programme
The Enterprise Development Programme is a five year, £40m programme funded by Access. The programme will provide a broad range of support for charities and social enterprises in England, helping them make a transition to new enterprise models, or grow existing ones. There will be a particular focus on the enterprise models which are best enabled by access to finance, and on enabling organisations to utilise the tool of social investment as part of that transition. To find out more, click here.
Enterprise Grants will include:
Enterprise Learning is a leadership and peer-learning initiative which offers business support and expert guidance to leaders of charities and social enterprises. For information about Enterprise Learning and how to apply, click here.
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