We are The Youth Work Unit

Our aim is to support youth work planners and providers across the Yorkshire and Humber region to maintain a quality work offer to young people, as well as working with young people to enable their voice and influence to be maximized locally, regionally and nationally.

Our new website is under construction!

We’re really excited to share that we have a new website coming soon. With our new look and feel we want to make finding the resources you need really easy. Whether you’re a young person trying to find your way, or a youth worker looking for support in your role, we’re here to help!

If you need support right away, or if you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see on our new website, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by clicking here.

Let’s get started!

What is Youth Work?

Youth work is non-formal education with young people, primarily 13-19, promoting personal development and social education, in the important transition years to adulthood.

Youth workers build relationships with young people which support their development, improve their life chances and help them to reach their potential.

The Youth Work Unit (YWU) is the strategic youth work sector development agency for the Yorkshire and Humber region. It is the focal point for the youth work sector in the region and has a unique role in bringing together the dual functions of support and development.  

The YWU was established in 1998 by the 15 Local Authorities who recognised that there was a benefit in working together with voluntary youth sector organisations, to share learning and practice and support developments. 

Find Your Voice! We’ll listen!

Youth Voice

Youth Voice Yorkshire & Humber is unique in the region being a representative regional body led by young people speaking out and working to ensure young people’s views are heard and are taken seriously in matters which affect them.

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Job Opportunities

Are you looking for your first role in youth work? Or perhaps you are looking to use your established knowledge and skills in a new role. Our jobs listing may just be what you need.

Individual organisations are invited to list their vacancy(ies) on our page for free. However, the YWU take no responsibility for the content of external vacancy listings.

Do you have a vacancy you want to advertise? Contact the team on theunit@youthworkunit.com