LYP Capacity Building Project
The Local Youth Partnerships (LYP) capacity building project is a pilot project to support the development of local youth partnerships within the youth sector in England.
In partnership with YPF Trust, the YPF Network, and the Network of Regional Youth Work Units, the College is supporting 8-10 areas across England to develop their partnership practice and structures. These local partnerships will enable successful engagement and application of resources and support in their areas. This includes investment from Youth Investment Fund (YIF), leveraging additional match funding, and in-kind support for local youth services. This project is funded by the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
The LYP Capacity Building Project is a pilot project to support the development of Local Youth Partnerships within the youth sector in England. Supporting 10 areas across England to develop their partnership practice and structures, these local partnerships will enable successful engagement and application of resources and support.
By March 2023 we will:
Support 10 areas through a bespoke locally led journey towards further collaboration, focused on meeting local needs
Use the established set of tools, guidance and resources to enable formal partnerships locally
Connect new local partnerships to a growing network of place-based partnerships
Enable local areas to fully engage with and take advantage of regional and national support available through formal connections to regional and national bodies
Establish an outcomes framework for LYPs to demonstrate their impact, with a focus on securing further support and investment alongside increasing outcomes for children and young people
Showcase the value and impact of LYPs in the successful delivery of YIF and in meeting local needs
Provide a business case for support of LYPs at a local, regional and national level
Connect LYPs into wider investments in children and young people across the government (e.g. Family Hubs, Community Safety, SEND, supplementary education)
We will work in partnership with DCMS, the Intermediary Grant Maker (IGM) for YIF, Regional Youth Work Units and wider stakeholders to identify suitable areas to focus on.
The selection of areas will include diversity in the following contexts:
Local partnership status – the current status of local partnership arrangement, including emerging or not currently active, and current cross-sector representation and support
Geography – a spread across Governmental regions in England, and consideration for the impact of urban and rural settings
Local area readiness – the ability of an area to take on YIF investment successfully and deliver sustainable capital projects
We are currently engaging several areas across England and hope to agree on the first five areas in September, and the second five in October.
We will work in partnership with the Regional Youth Work Units to agree on criteria for focus areas, and a process for decision-making which meets the local and regional needs.
We are also keen to ensure that all areas keen to develop LYPs can be included in this project – this includes the establishment of regional networks and peer support, led by the units.
We will work with each local area to co-produce a Local Area Support Plan, which is shaped by local needs and ambitions.
For more information about this project please get in touch with Tim Leaman.