If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands – youth work and wellbeing?

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The programme is now available for our 10th annual conference (with exhibition, no less!) – bookings are looking good, so don’t forget to book your place – and do feel free to come in a group of colleagues / students etc. Please note – booking is essential and our venue has limited capacity so we are unlikely to have space for you if you haven’t booked.

Speakers include: Karina Nyananyo, Lesley Pollard, Alex Walker, Tony Taylor and (launching his book) Bernard Davies. See below and hope to see you there!

10.45 for 11.15 to 4.00/5.00, 22 March 2019

At Birmingham Settlement

359-361 Witton Rd, Birmingham B6 6NS[1]


10.45 Arrivals and registration

11.15 Welcome and introduction to the day

11.30 Tony Taylor:

Happiness and Wellbeing: Agendas of Social Conformity?

12.00 Discussion in small groups

12.15 Sharing comments/questions

12.30 Lunch

1pm Practitioner Panel:

What light can practice throw on how youth work focused on ‘happiness’ and ‘wellbeing’ addresses the structural constraints as well as the individual and personal issues facing young people today?

Karina Nyananyo, 42nd St, Manchester

Lesley Pollard, Children & Young People’s Empowerment Project, Sheffield

Alex Walker, Sharp Minds Project, Young People First, Warwickshire

1:30 Four small group discussions – each ‘resourced’ by one of the speakers.

3.15 Plenary:

Key messages from the day for youth work practice, analysis and thinking 

4.00 Conference ends

4.00 – 5.00      Book launch

Austerity, Youth Policies and the Deconstruction of the Youth Service in England by Bernard Davies

An exhibition of photographs and papers will mark IDYW’s 10th anniversary since the Open Letter was circulated in 2009

Fee: £10 (£2 students, unemployed etc)

Teas, coffees etc available all day – but please bring your own lunch!

To register: email Rachel at info.idyw@gmail.com

[1] By train: 10 minutes from Birmingham New St to Witton station; 5 minute walk to Settlement.

Flyer (with the same info) available to print here – ConfFlyer2019


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