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Youth and Community Services
Tel: 07557 790899
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Communities need youth work.
Youth and Community Services began life in 2010 as an idea to help alleviate the stresses caused by the reduction in public sector provision. Building upon a wealth of professional youth work experience, a group of dedicated and passionate people began to shape the organisation from these initial thoughts.
These inspired few put their heads together to design an organisation fit for the newly emerging youth work environment. This new organisation was to be flexible enough to adapt to the very different needs of each local community, whilst still being firm in its youth work ethos, values and ethical framework.
Good, old-fashioned local authority youth and community services delivered their services in way that was able to find an effective balance between local need and national policy. With cuts to public services the founders of Youth and Community Services in Gloucestershire looked also to the voluntary and community sector and wanted the very best of this work, too.
And so our organisation was born.
With its aim of working at a grass roots level to help communities develop their own, sustainable youth provision, and to deliver the quality training that makes it happen, the responsibility to sort out the structure and governance of Youth and Community Services was placed in the hands of Simon Gillings.
With the organisation firmly based in the not-for-profit, voluntary and community sector, Youth and Community Services, became a registered company with all the required elements. It was at this point that Simon realised that even with over 20 years of youth work experience for Gloucestershire County Council, he still had much to learn about governance and legal structures outside of the local authority!
Our organisation developed through 2011 and 2012 and the work expanded, from supporting a few smaller organisations to start up, delivering training across the county and taking on two youth work apprentices.
However, during the summer of 2013, Youth and Community Services moved to the next stage of its development.
With a new Board of Trustees, new staff and this new website, Youth and Community Services began to hone its offer to communities, beginning to move from a customer/client relationship into a partnership approach. Led by the new Trustees our organisation is now working towards becoming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation by April 2014.
Most importantly, however, is the fundamental principle that focuses our work: Youth Work ethos should be at the very heart of our organisation, driving its development and leading every element of the work.
After all, youth work aims to empower young people through their voluntary participation, helping them move from the dependency of being a child, through the independence of adolescence towards the interdependence of adulthood.
We are all excited about the future.