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New funding for Cadet units

Brian Belton, Senior Lecturer and published writer discusses a new report on funding of Cadets and a recent newspaper report looking at Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon’s, view on the impact of military type training for young people. Read the full article here.

YMCA George Williams College evaluation of the Youth Forum at the Serpentine Galleries

The Serpentine Galleries have pioneered collaborative projects for many years. Their Youth Forum uses different art mediums to help improve the skills and confidence levels of participating young people. The Colleges evaluation of the project found that it took young people out of their comfort zone and provided them with the skills to learn how to express their ideas and opinions whilst respecting those of other participants. Click for more on the project. Click for a brief overview of the findings.

Rough sleeping crisis

The number of people rough sleeping in major cities has doubled in the last year. At the same time government support for beds for vulnerable people in local YMCAs and other agencies has been cut. Following the recent death of a rough sleeper, Alan Fraser, chief executive of Birmingham YMCA,  said: “We can’t say that an individual died because of local authority cuts, but the reality is that the risk of people dying because of homelessness at this time of year are massively increased because people cannot get into the places they need to be in.” Read more.

Our first advanced level apprentices finish their programme

The College has a number of students undertaking new Advanced Level Apprenticeships in Youth Work. The first students have both completed their full frameworks and had their certificate issued. There are more in the pipeline. If you want to know more about how local agencies participate in our apprenticeship programme contact Judith Skinner, Head of Department, FE Programmes and Apprenticeships.

Clive Furness awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM)

Clive Furness, who has a long involvement with the College, has been awarded a British Empire Model in the New Year honour list. He helped to set up Newham Night Shelter in the early 1990s and was central to the re-establishment and continuation of youth work at the Swift Centre in Plaistow. Also a local councillor since 1997, Clive was honoured for making a significant difference to the lives of young people in Newham. Read more.

Social pedagogy standards published

The new standards for social pedagogy were published recently on behalf of the forthcoming Social Pedagogy Professional Association. Click to download them

Stuart Dexter – Clore Social Leadership Fellow

Stuart Dexter, a former student of the College, and now chief executive of Tyneside & Northumberland Mind, has been selected as a Clore Social Leadership Fellow for 2017. For more information go to Clore Social Leadership.

YMCA World Urban Network

Brian Belton delivered the keynote address to the YMCA World Urban Network Conference. The theme was ‘Diversity in Leadership – Transforming the Community’ in which Brian explored the ‘ambition to transform’ and what a more ‘invitational’ response might involve. Watch on Youtube.

Robin Lockhart Wins Global Commonwealth Youth Worker Of The Year 2016 Award

Robin Lockart, a former student of the YMCA George Williams College, has won the Global Commonwealth Youth Worker Of The Year 2016 Award.

Robin founded Catalysts in Communities, a social enterprise which engages at-risk young people through creative arts and sports to promote their self-development. The projects impact 1,000 beneficiaries annually. Click for more about the Award.

Be Real Campaign

The Be Real Campaign, of which YMCA is a founding partner, has launched a new Body Image Pledge.It calls for more diversity within the advertising, fashion, music and media industries. The Pledge highlights the very real harm poor body confidence can cause to society, the economy and individuals. Click for more information



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