We are The Youth Work Unit

Our aim is to support youth work planners and providers across Yorkshire and The 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.

Youth Climate Champion Awards

Regional Youth Climate Assembly (RYCA) have launched their first ever Youth Climate Champion Awards. Open to all youth groups and young people in the Yorkshire and The Humber region. Nominations in 5 categories are welcome, closing 11th February 2024.

The Award Celebration Showcase event will take place on Saturday 24th February 2024, 2-4pm Holy Trinity Church, Leeds. For more information click here

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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