We're celebrating Youth Work week!

Lancashire youth work manager to deliver national webinar for Youth Work Week

Youth workers from across the country will be tuning in today to hear about the positive impact youth work has had on young people in Lancashire, as part of a national celebration of youth work.

Youth Work Week, which hosted by the National Youth Agency, aims to raise awareness of the life-changing difference youth workers have on young people aged between 8-25 years of age.

The annual event takes place this year from November 6-12 and is a chance to raise awareness of the difference youth work makes to young people.

This year the focus is on the breadth of youth work taking place across the country, such as in youth centres, hospitals, outdoor activity centres, cultural spaces and more.

In Lancashire, youth work takes place in a variety of settings including libraries, family hubs, schools and pupil referral units, hospitals, universities, hospitals, skateparks and even beaches.

Today (November 8), Matthew Pilling, a senior youth work manager for Lancashire County Council, will be delivering a webinar on place-based youth work to youth workers based around England, part of a series of webinars being hosted by the National Youth Agency during Youth Work Week.

Matthew said: "Youth work can happen across all aspects of the sector public sector, either directly from the council or via those who we commission to run services on our behalf.

"Since 2020, we have been on an exciting journey and now we engage young people in a huge range of places and spaces, meaning that we can be where the young people are when they need us.

"It's responsibility of sector leaders like ourselves to provide leadership, growth and support to help youth work thrive.

"That's why I am thrilled to have been invited to engage with other youth workers share our journey through the upcoming webinar as part of this national celebration of youth work."

County Councillor Cosima Towneley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for Children and Family Services, said:  "Youth work is the backbone of our youth offer and one of the ways our young people learn about the wider world, responsibility to themselves and others and have fun.

"Celebrating and publicising the great work of those in this field is really important and it gives me the greatest pleasure to help."