How YWU supports the sector


A listing of available funding from small one-off grants to multiple year funding.

Regional, National and International News

Latest news in the Youth sector, Regionally, Nationally and Internationally.


The latest reports affecting the sector, finding information and links to them all here.


Useful resources for Youth Work Practitioners

Jobs & Opportunities

Current roles in the youth work sector from across the region.

Events & Training notices 

A listing, with links to the YWU events and more.


We are all too aware of the difficulties faced by all providers of youth work in these difficult times with rising costs to provide and increasing demand on services continue. Funding becomes even more vital we aim to provide access to funding opportunities from small one of grants to long-term multiple year funding.  

  • Offers grants to registered charities and to organisations linked to a Roman Catholic Diocese for projects addressing one or more of the Foundation’s current funding priorities: Victims of modern slavery; Victims of domestic abuse; Ex-offenders and their families; Homelessness; Medical research; Support for people with terminal illnesses / life limiting conditions and their carers; Drug and substance misuse; Support for people with intellectual disability; Care leavers: to give them a chance to succeed on a par with other young people; Worship and associated community outreach; Amateur sport; Care for the elderly.
    Previous grants have ranged from £5,000 to £2.25 million. The first step in the application process is to complete a short form on the Foundation’s website. Those who are successful will be asked to contact the Foundation. Applications can be submitted at any time.

  • £2.2 million funding for non-profit organisations working with Black and racially minoritised young people at risk of violence.
    Grants of £50,000 to £75,000.
    Eligible non-profit groups, organisations, or charities must meet the following criteria:

    • Be led by representatives of Black and racially minoritised communities and work within Black and racially minoritised communities
    • Have an annual income of up to £150,000 per year
    • Work with children and young people that are 18 or under from Black and/or racially minoritised communities
    • Work with children and young people that are at high risk of becoming involved in violence

    All of the information about the types of organisations and projects the fund can support is here eligibility criteria, guidelines and advice for the application form is here application questions and guidance, the full list of questions here application questions and the answers to common questions here FAQs.
    The deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday, 3 July 2024.
    There will be a webinar on 11 June 2024 from 12.00-13.00 (UK time) which will provide potential applicants with an opportunity to hear more information about the application process for the Phoenix Way Round and to also ask any questions. Register here.

  • To give grants to UK non profit organisations to deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money


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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

Youth Worker Opportunities

Here you will find opportunities for all working with young people from training opportunities to being involved with national projects. Please note that unless clearly stated these opportunities are not provided by the Youth Work Unit and do not take no responsibility for their content.

Do you have an opportunity you want to advertise? Contact the team on

Events & training notices 

Here at the YWU we provide several events from our youth workers networks to our annual conference. We provide training in all aspects of youth work and beyond many are delivered specifically for individual organisations, though occasionally we do offer open courses for anyone to enrol.

More information about training the YWU can provide can be found here for more information contact the team on