Still room at the IDYW conference plus can we measure and treasure character?

On Thursday I’m contributing to a Centre for Youth Impact event, ‘The Measure and the Treasure: Evaluation in personal and social development’ in London. It’s sold out. OK, I accept there is unlikely to be a connection. However I will post next week a report of the proceedings and a summary of my sceptical input into the morning panel debate.

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The Measure and the Treasure: Evaluation in personal and social development

The Centre for Youth Impact is hosting a day-long event on the 16th March 2017 focused on issues of measurement and personal and social development.
The day will explore policy, practical and philosophical debates about whether, how and why we should seek to measure the development of social and emotional skills in young people – also referred to as non-cognitive skills, soft skills and character, amongst other terms. We want to structure a thought-provoking and engaging day that introduces participants to a range of ideas and activities. The day will be designed for practitioners working directly with young people, those in an evaluation role, and funders of youth provision.

Speakers and facilitators include: Emma Revie (Ambition), Daniel Acquah (Early Intervention Foundation), Graeme Duncan (Right to Suceed), Robin Bannerjee (University of Sussex), Paul Oginsky (Personal Development Point), Jenny North (Impetus-PEF), Tony Taylor (In Defence of Youth Work), Sarah Wallbank (Yes Futures), Jack Cattell (Get the Data), Mary Darking, Carl Walker and Bethan Prosser (Brighton University), Leonie Elliott-Graves and Chas Mollet (Wac Arts), Tom Ravenscroft (Enabling Enterprise), Phil Sital-Singh (UK Youth) and Luke McCarthy (Think Forward).

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Then on Friday it’s our eighth national conference in Birmingham. To be honest the number of people registering is disappointing, well down on previous years. Although, obviously, the smaller audience, around 30 folk at the moment, will make for intense debate. This said, we’d love to see you there so it’s not too late to register or even turn up on the day.

Youth Work: Educating for good or Preventing the bad?

Details on this Facebook page or at this previous post.

Forthcoming National Conference – Youth Work: Educative and/or Preventative?

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NOTICE OF THE EIGHTH IDYW NATIONAL CONFERENCE and AGM

FRIDAY, MARCH 17 at THE BIRMINGHAM SETTLEMENT

YOUTH WORK: EDUCATIVE AND/OR PREVENTATIVE?

from 12.45 – 5.00 p.m.

Across at least the last two decades, arguments for the importance of youth work have turned increasingly to its preventative function. This has been especially noticeable in the campaigns across the country to protect and defend youth services. To take but one quote from a young activist involved in the brilliantly organised and ongoing campaign in Brighton, ‘there can be no doubting that the proposed cuts will lead to a marked increase in gang violence, drug abuse, teenage pregnancies, homelessness and suicide attempts among young people in the city.’ To what extent is such a claim a hostage to fortune, playing into the hands of those, who wish to fund only outcomes-led, targeted work as well as being deeply difficult to evidence? Or is it, in truth, the only argument, that will be listened to by both politicians and the community? Indeed, is this the reason we hear very little about defending youth work as, for example, education for active citizenship, even as this is rendered explicit through young people taking direct action on the streets?

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We want to explore these questions and more at our eighth national conference, drawing on the experiences of workers and young people struggling to defend our work. We wish to do so in the supportive and reflective atmosphere, that characterises IDYW discussions and is deeply appreciated by participants.

More information to follow, but you will notice that we are going for a later start time to help with travel, whilst making space for a much-needed business meeting at the end of the day. The conference will run from 12.45 – 4.15 with the AGM following up to 5.00 p.m.

We hope very much you will put this date in your diary.

 

 

Y&P History of Youth and Community Conference 13th – 15th March 2015

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM OUR FRIENDS AT YOUTH & POLICY

We are delighted to announce that the seventh History of Youth and Community Work Study Conference will be taking place at Hinsley Hall, Leeds in March 2015.

As with the earlier gatherings, it will include a mix of plenary sessions, workshops and ‘surprise’ events.  Amongst the plenary speakers will be Michael Snape from Birmingham University,  a well-known historian of Christianity and war in the modern world. His talk is titled ‘Barclay Baron: A settlement worker goes to war’.  A second plenary speaker will be Carol Dyhouse from the University of Sussex, a social historian and much published author, who will be talking on ‘Girl Trouble: Panic in the History of Young Women’.  The speakers for the third plenary will be Sarah Banks and Andrea Armstrong from Durham University.  Their presentation will review the lessons and legacies of the Community Development Projects of the 1970s.  Symposiums are also planned on the history of Community and Youth Work Education and Training and on the Historical Development of Youth Work Curricula.

The breadth of workshops is always impressive covering an enormous range of topics linked to the history of youth work, adult education and community work. As before some of these will focus on the historical development of practice in countries outside the UK.

We hope that this conference will be once again a relaxed gathering of enthusiasts keen to talk to and learn from each other.

Please find the booking form attached and please do circulate throughout your networks.

Yours sincerely,

Paula Connaughton and Tony Jeffs

Youth and Policy

conferences@youthandpolicy.org

www.youthandpolicy.org

 

History of Youth & Community Work Conference online booking form (1)

 

And don’t forget that in a piece of sublime planning the 2015 In Defence of Youth Work conference will take place in Leeds on Friday, March 13 prior to the History of Y&C event. Can you afford to be anywhere else in the country?!

GETTING TO OUR CONFERENCE ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14

We can’t hide our neurosis. There is still room for more folk at our gathering so contact Tony at tonymtaylor@gmail.com if you are coming. And, let’s be honest, if you turn up on the day, you will not be turned away- even if you’ve not fetched your own butties. Latest news there is a local sandwich shop!

The conference kicks off at 11.00 am through to 4.00 pm.

TRAVEL INFO

Full address of venue:

WYBOURN YOUNG PEOPLES RESOURCE CENTRE

139 MALTRAVERS ROAD
S2 5AD SHEFFIELD , SOUTH YORKSHIRE

Excellent link including map and photo at:

http://www.cylex-uk.co.uk/company/wybourn-young-peoples-resource-centre-16563332.html

AA Route Planner here

Nearest Park and Ride at:

Nunnery Square
Sheffield Parkway, S2 5BD
Trams every 10 minutes to and from Sheffield City Centre, Meadowhall and Middlewood (daytime frequency), see Journey Planner for specific times.
Park & Ride prices: Day £4.50 | Week £18.00 | Month £60.50 | Quarter £150.80

Coming by Train

Anyone coming by train from North  – get off at Meadowhall preferably and take tram to Cricket Inn Rd.  Coming from South  – don’t leave the train station go up to the Tram lines  and take the tram to city  – THEN  get off at first stop and  cross the platform  – pick up the Yellow Tram Meadowhall  to Cricket Inn  Rd ‘

And thence byTram

By tram:  You can get the tram (Yellow Line) to Cricket Inn Road from Meadowhall or City Centre or from the nearest park & ride at Nunnery Square (which is just one stop away) – when you get off the tram you stand at the main road looking at The Wybourn pub.  Cross over the road and turn left and walk keeping the small row of shops on your right and passing the Belle Vue Hotel (which sounds much grander than it looks) over the road on your left.  After walking less than 100m you reach the junction of White’s Lane rising steeply to your right.  When you walk to the top of this lane you reach Maltravers Road.  Here you turn right keeping to this side of the road and after walking about 20m you will see an old chapel… a knackered old chapel that looks a bit sorry for itself.  That’s the place! [Lenny]

Hope to see you soon. It’ll be a ‘reet good do’!

OUR NATIONAL CONFERENCE, OCTOBER 14, SHEFFIELD

Thanks to Jethro Brice for permission to use his image, which is taken from our forthcoming book/DVD

THIS IS YOUTH WORK: STORIES FROM PRACTICE
The conference will take place on Friday, October 14  from 11 while 4 [as they say round Sheffield way] at the

WYBOURN YOUNG PEOPLES RESOURCE CENTRE

139 MALTRAVERS ROAD
S2 5AD SHEFFIELD , SOUTH YORKSHIRE

Further details  later today. These have been tough times for all involved with and concerned about youth work. It will be good to take a breath together. What on earth has been going on and how might we move forward?

In the meantime tell us you are coming by getting in touch with Tony at tonymtaylor@gmail.com