The Enterprise Development Programme is a five year programme, funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment and managed by a coalition of partners. The programme aims to provide a broad range of support for charities and social enterprises in England, helping them become more financially resilient by developing new enterprise models, or by growing existing ones.
A year-long pilot of the Programme was launched in September 2018 for charities and social enterprises working in the Youth and Homelessness sectors. Following the success of this pilot, Access have committed to expanding this programme, and are pleased to welcome on board the Mental Health and Equality sectors, as well as extending the involvement of the pilot sectors until 2021.
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.
We have created a new Project Manager role who will co-ordinate the Centre’s work on its main practice development projects, focused on high quality and responsive delivery, connecting with frontline youth work practice, and building partnerships. The Project Manager will also nurture key relationships with the Centre’s regional and national networks, and play an active role in the development and refinement of our programme offer in a cycle of continuous improvement.
With support from City Bridge Trust, the Centre will spend two years working with two groups of ten organisations in London that work with young people through a relational approach (that is, intentionally attending to relationships, and creating opportunities to support young people to form and sustain quality relationships). This programme will deepen understanding of evaluating the quality of relationships between staff and young people. We are looking for practitioners in both targeted and open provision to take part in the programme. This work will build on the learning from the previous report: Can you bottle a good relationship?
The Centre for Youth Impact is excited to be testing a new tool for measuring young people’s social and emotional learning. The tool - the Adult Rating of Youth Behaviour (ARYB) - is based on the observations of practitioners as part of their work with young people. It explores the kind of behaviours that young people show and engage in whilst they are in youth settings. We’re looking for a small number of youth organisations to work with us to review the tool thoroughly and help get it ready for pilot.
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