The impact report 2007–08 - Partnership for Young London

The impact report 2007–08 - Partnership for Young London

The impact report 2007–08

The impact report


Introduction 4

Youth Matters 5

Communications and Briefings 6

14-19 Agenda 7

VCS and Capacity Building 8

Other Activities 8


The Future


Brief introduction to

Partnership for Young London

Partnership for Young London (PYL)

is London’s strategic regional unit

encompassing services for young people

across the capital. We aim to promote,

improve and support services for young

people across London by working

collaboratively with local authorities, the

voluntary youth sector and Connexions

Partnerships, and regional government,

including Government Office for London

(GOL), London Councils and the Greater

London Authority (GLA) 1 .

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We wanted to be able to highlight our

achievements in a way which is more

immediate than our Annual Report and

Accounts, which are, of necessity, always a

year behind. This impact report, therefore,

provides a simple overview of the activities

we have undertaken on behalf of our

members and to promote services to young

people in London.

It reflects the priorities in our strategic plan,

against which we report to our Board of

Trustees. These ensure a balance of provision

across our three priority policy areas: Youth

Matters implementation; the voluntary

and community sector (VCS); the 14-19

agenda. All are underpinned by training and

workforce development.

We are, as ever, grateful to our Trustee Board,

our Operations Sub-committee, colleagues in

other regional and national bodies, and our

members, for their much-needed support in

ensuring PYL’s continued success. This report

shows how far we’ve come in supporting our

members, building partnerships and working

to influence policy in 2007-08.

1 More detailed information about Partnership for Young London can be

found on our website, at

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Youth Matters

Training and workforce development





development has

been the key area

of interest for all

our member since

our inception in

2005, and in July

2007 culminated in

the development of

Partnership for the Future 2 , our pan-London

workforce development strategy, funded

by the Children’s Workforce Development

Council (CWDC).

From January to May 2007, our consultant,

Lesley Derry, consulted with our members

across all sectors, and with further and higher

education providers and other key players,

to establish a detailed picture of areas to

be addressed in tackling London’s complex

workforce development requirements.

She consolidated these into a strategy

with six key strands and a work-plan over

three years for implementation. The key

message is contained in the title: it can

only be implemented successfully through

a partnership of committed organisations,

at regional and local level, and not by PYL


We are still working on acquiring funding

for the implementation phase, but in

the meantime we continue to promote

it wherever we can. In particular, our

contribution to the Sector Skills Agreement

of Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) contains

specific references to items in the strategy,

and we have been supported in this by

LLUK‘s London Region.

Training and workforce development

working group

This working group has driven the

development of the strategy document,

shared practice across sectors, and

contributed to:

• the DCSF consultation on leadership and


• the National Occupational Standards for

Youth and Community Work

• Lifelong Learning UK’s Sector Skills


The focus for the work-plan for 2008-09 is

quality assurance in relation to training.

2 An executive summary and the full version of Partnership for the

Future are available on our website.

Communications: Briefings and


The 2007 customer satisfaction survey

demonstrated once again that, of all the

services they access, our members value

our weekly update email most. The update

has changed its format slightly, to reflect

members’ requirements, and we are looking

at ways of making it even more user-friendly.

As a result of reviewing our communications

strategy for 2008-09:

• Practice Updates will now be timely

instead of quarterly, and will correspond to

government announcements and priorities.

• Newsletters will now be thematically

linked to our seminars.

Our practice updates for 2007-2008 focused


• Peer inspection

• Youth volunteering

Our newsletter, Partnership for Young

London News, covered:

• International youth work

• Workforce development

We ran a third series of seminars, which

were, as usual, based on topics identified to

us by members. The programme of events for

2007-08 covered:

• Joint Area Reviews

• Commissioning

• Training and workforce development

• Publicising and Delivering Positive Activities

as well as four events in partnership with

JPW Post 14 Education Consultancy, for

London’s Student Support Officers. We also

contributed to two events on engaging the

Challenging the youth sector. Photo credit: Oliver Perrott

voluntary and community sector in Youth

Matters, organised in partnership with the

Training and Development Agency (TDA),

VCS Engage and GOL.

Challenging the youth sector

• Having been successful in the GLA’s

voluntary sector ballot to hold an event at

London’s living Room in City Hall, we held

a Question Time debate, with a panel of

well-known speakers from the youth sector

both nationally and in London. The panel


• Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of The

Children’s Society, (Chair);

• Fiona Blacke, Chief Executive of the

National Youth Agency;

• Rio Thomas, Young Person, Fairbridge in


• Cllr James Kempton, Chair of London

Councils’ Children and Young People


• Susanne Rauprich, Chief Executive of

the National Council for Voluntary Youth


• Sadly due to business in the House of

Commons, The Right Honourable Tessa

Jowell MP, Minister for the Olympics and

London, was unable to attend.

Questions included funding for youth

services; workforce issues; universal v

targeted services; representation of young

people; youth-led projects; young people and

the Olympics. 3

The event provided a welcome opportunity

to raise and discuss these key regional issues

and to network with colleagues across the

youth sector.

3 A full report on the event can be found on our website

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14-19 Agenda

With the development of integrated services

for young people, our work in this area has

increasingly come under the heading of

Youth Matters. Our Connexions partners,

along with colleges of further and higher

education, were heavily involved in the

development of our workforce development


In addition, as a result of attending the

London 2012 Education Plan Reference

Group, discussions around engaging

disaffected young people in activities related

to the Games led to the development of a

new partnership project:

Inspiring young people to raise their

game for 2012

The aim of this project is to engage

disadvantaged young people in London aged

16-25 and provide them with the necessary

skills and accredited awards to enter an

Entry 2 Employment (E2E) programme

or apprenticeships in customer service,

hospitality, retail or sport and recreation,

linked to the 2012 Olympic Games. The

delivery is a joint undertaking between

Fairbridge and Waltz, funded by the Learning

and Skills Council (LSC), and provides

individual skill development courses, with

preparation for progression to employment,

apprenticeships or further education. PYL

will be evaluating the programme in July

and October 08. It is the partners’ intention

that, if successful, the programme will be

extended for a further two years.

The implications of the government’s

proposals to raise the age of participation in

education and training to 18 will have a clear

impact on our future work in this area, and

we await the outcome of this debate with


Voluntary and Community

Sector (VCS) and Capacity


London Children and Young People


There has been increasing recognition that a

single infrastructure body supporting young

people’s organisations in London is not

feasible. VCS organisations do not fall neatly

into a single category: they may work with

children and young people, or belong to a

particular sector (e.g. arts, heritage, sport),

or work with a particular client group (young

people with disabilities, young carers, or

young people from a particular community).

Some organisations work across age ranges

within a community group, and do not

recognise the distinction of young people.

As a result of this, a group of infrastructure

organisations, including PYL, has begun to

develop a network of VCS networks, called

London Children and Young People Engage,

and to build constructive links with regional

bodies. This will facilitate the exchange of

information in both directions, improving

the capacity of the youth VCS in London to

lobby and campaign, and providing a greater

and more even spread of organisations able

to receive policy and other communications

from regional government and others.

Other Activities

Consultation, lobbying and campaigning

Partnership for Young London submitted a

response on behalf of its members to the

following regional and national consultations:

• LLUK: National Occupational Standards for

Youth Work, September 2007

• GLA: London Youth Offer, October 2007

• Communities and Local Government:

National Indicator Set, December 2007

• DCSF: Youth Work Leadership and

Management Training, February 2008

• LLUK: Sector Skills Agreement – stages 1-5,

concluding March 2008

• DCSF: Youth Sector Support arrangements,

March 2008

Meetings attended by PYL (in

alphabetical order)

• Arts Council Cultural Offer for Young

People Contact Group

• Children’s Services Improvement Network


• Children’s Workforce Co-ordinators’ group

(GOL, London Councils, CWDC)

• HEAR (Formerly London Change Up

Equality and Diversity Sub-committee)

London 14 to 19 Forum (convened by the

LSC; currently in abeyance)

London Association of Principal Youth and

Community Officers

London Children and Young People’s

Partnership (formerly Young London

Matters (Strand 4)

London Compact Group

London Gypsy and Traveller Forum

Education and Training sub group

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London Metropolitan University Curriculum

advisory group

London Participation Network (and advisory


• MLA London Youth Participation project

advisory group

• NCVCCO London region

• NYA Regional Youth Advisers Forum

• Olympic Education Delivery Plan Reference


• TDA Development working group – VCS

engagement in Youth Matters

• University of East London BA Youth and

Community Work advisory group

• University of Greenwich BA Youth and

Community Work advisory group

• University of Greenwich Every Child Matters

Foundation Degree validation group

• VCS Engage London Region advisory group

(DCSF funded)

• Youth Matters Transitions Group/IYSS

Advice and Challenge group (GOL)

Other networks/memberships


London Civic Forum

• Children’s Workforce Network reference


International work – Eurodesk

Partnership for Young London is a Eurodesk

co-operation partner, promoting information

about educational, employment and leisure

opportunities for young people in Europe.

We have a dedicated section on our website,

including funding information, where we

publicise international opportunities in

general and Eurodesk in particular.


The following member organisations took up

some or all of their consultancy entitlement

from PYL:

• Croydon Youth Service: assistance in

preparation for the Joint Area Review (JAR)

and Enhanced Youth Inspection (EYI);

• Harrow Services for Young People: support

for the implementation of the service

improvement plan

• Newham Youth Service: presentation to

Management Team Meeting

• Tower Hamlets: training for workers on the

YPower blended learning system

• Westminster Youth Service: training for

workers on the YPower blended learning



During 2007-08, PYL provided administrative

and other support for the Young Londoners

Participation Network (YLPN), which is

funded by the Participation Works Network

England (PWNE). Topics for network meetings

included the GLA Elections, housing and

funding. The first YLPN conference, on

youth democracy, was held at the end of

March 2008.

Members of Partnership for Young London in 2007-08


Connexions partnerships

Central London Connexions

London East Connexions

North London Connexions

Local authorities

City of London

London Borough of Barking

and Dagenham

London Borough of Barnet

London Borough of Bexley

London Borough of Brent

London Borough of Bromley

London Borough of Camden

London Borough of Croydon

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Enfield

London Borough of


London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of

Hammersmith and Fulham

London Borough of Harrow

London Borough of Havering

London Borough of


London Borough of


London Borough of Islington

London Borough of Lambeth

London Borough of


London Borough of Merton

London Borough of Newham

London Borough of


London Borough of


London Borough of


London Borough of Sutton

London Borough of Tower


London Borough of


Royal Borough of Kensington

and Chelsea

Royal Borough of Kingston

upon Thames

Westminster City Council

Voluntary youth sector

Barnardo’s (London, East and

South East Region)

Brent Association for

Voluntary Action (BRAVA)

Citizenship Foundation

Consortium of Lesbian, Gay,

Bisexual and Transgender

Voluntary and Community


Duke of Edinburgh’s Award


Fairbridge in London

London Youth


Scout Association – Greater

London Region

Sound Connections

Studio 3 Arts

The Prince’s Trust – London


The Salvation Army (ALOVE)

Tower Hamlets Summer

University/Summer Uni


UK Youth Parliament London


YMCA – London

Metropolitan Region



Lesley Derry Training and


Next Step Care Management


Board of Trustees during


Bill Fraser, Chair

Simon Aulton

Sarah Davies

Chris Heaume

Lenny Kinnear

Deidre Krymer

Graham Lane

Margaret Morgan

Caroline Pidgeon

Wayne Wreglesworth

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The Future

Partnership for Young London has a

comprehensive strategic plan, which includes

our communications strategy and a work

plan for the coming year. Our main focuses

for 2008-09 include:

• continuing to support the implementation

of Youth Matters –

o Integrated Youth Support Services;

o Targeted Youth Support;

o the transition of information, advice and

guidance services;

o commissioning;

o promoting and delivering Positive


• Implementation of our Pan-London

workforce development strategy, including:

quality and accessibility of training; a web

portal for access to training and training

providers; alignment of quality standards

and expectations across boroughs and


• Delivering improved opportunities for our

VCS membership.

The Team

Helen Hibbert

Strategic Director

020 7332 3996

Lucy Sandford

Regional Development Manager

020 7332 3599

Kelly Barber

Communications Officer

020 7332 3701

We look forward to working with you

throughout 2008-09.


Partnership for Young London

c/o City of London

PO Box 270


London EC2P 2EJ

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