Celebration of Community and Youth Work in Manchester and the North-West as the Manchester University course sadly disappears

For those of us, who have worked many a year in the North-West of England, the closure of the Manchester University Community and Youth Work course is hard to bear. Refusing to be downhearted the staff are organising a Celebration on Tuesday, May 28, details of which are to be found below. Tania de St Croix, a former student at Manchester herself, and Bernard Davies will be contributing to the event on behalf of our campaign. Speaking personally, as a former youth worker and youth officer in Wigan, I would love to be there, although I would bore folk to tears reminiscing about the tribulations and triumphs of the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Get in touch with Martin Purcell if you want to participate.

Martin Purcell

Lecturer, Applied Community and Youth Work Studies

University of Manchester

School of Education

A1.11 Ellen Wilkinson Building

Oxford Road

Manchester M13 9PE

Tel. (0161) 275 5795






09.00 – 10.30

Setting up stalls / exhibitions

Ellen Wilkinson AG3/4

10.30 – 12.00

Exhibition of first year students’ work on Community Participation in local community and youth work organisations (to be assessed by ACYWS tutors)

Ellen Wilkinson AG3/4

12.00 – 13.00

Lunch / Networking / Visiting Stalls

Ellen Wilkinson AG3/4, Café and Common Room

13.00 – 15.00

This is Youth Work: Telling & Sharing Stories

IDYW workshop facilitated by Tania de St. Croix; see http://www.indefenceofyouthwork.org.uk/wordpress/?p=3017

Ellen Wilkinson AG3/4, 9 & 11

15.00 – 15.30

Refreshments / Networking / Visiting Stalls

Ellen Wilkinson AG3/4, Café and Common Room

15.30 – 17.00

Campaigning in the era of the Axeman: Choose Youth; In Defence of Youth Work & National Coalition for Independent Action. Discussion facilitated by ACYWS tutors, with input from Bernard Davies, Tania de St. Croix and Ian Richards; see http://www.chooseyouth.org/ ; http://www.indefenceofyouthwork.org.uk/wordpress/; http://www.independentaction.net/.

Ellen Wilkinson AG3/4

16.30 – 18.00

Introductory Community Philosophy Workshop

Facilitated by Martin Purcell and Samira Bakkioui

See http://www.sapere.org.uk/Default.aspx?tabid=102

Ellen Wilkinson AG3/4

18.00 – 19.30

Setting up stalls / exhibitions

International Buffet / Networking / Visiting Stalls

Students’ Union Council Chamber


Welcome: Kate Sapin & Martin Purcell

Applied Community & Youth Work Studies Programme


Celebrating youth and creativity: Gorse Hill Studios Dancers


Celebrating Community Development and Youth Work:

Bernard Davies, National Coalition for Independent Action and In Defence of Youth Work


Celebrating youth and creativity: Yasmin – Brighter Sound


Celebrating Community Development and Youth Work:

Summary of CYWU / Unite the Union campaigning; Ian Richards


Celebrating community and creativity: Reel MCR Film


Student / Community Performers


Thanks, End & Depart

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