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

Job 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.  

  • Are excited to share their plans for their Youth-Led Creativity funding. Co-designed with Esmée’s Involving Young People Collective, reopens to applications from 14 February.

    The Youth-Led Creativity programme builds on young people’s power to make change, use creativity to enhance their lives, develop their careers, and influence the world around them.

    We are focusing our support on work led by and for young people who have less access to creative programmes or who are underrepresented in arts and culture.

    They will award £1m in 2024. They will consider requests for project and/or core costs, and single or multi-year grants. The maximum limit that can be applied for is £120k for up to three years. They expect to make 8 to 12 grants. A Learning Programme will run alongside the funding.

    Expressions of interest deadline to submit an Expression of Interest is 5pm on 15 March 2024.

  • Awards grants to registered UK charities that work with communities in the UK.

    We aim to give grants to those in society who face the greatest challenges and whose opportunities are most limited.

    For 2024, we will be focussing on two key areas that are becoming increasingly apparent need support.

    Disability will be the priority for the 1st and 2nd rounds – specifically projects and initiatives that improve employment and training.

    Food poverty will be the priority for the 3rd and 4th rounds. Across the UK, it is clear this is a major issue, and we want to award grants to support projects addressing this.

    See website for criteria and round open times.

  • Under their strategy, they organise their work in the UK around key strategic priorities.

    Nurturing ideas and people

    Arts access and participation

    Education & learning through the arts

    Investing in young people

    Migration and integration

    Playing our part

    More information about current opportunities and how to apply are available on their website.

Regional, National and International News



  • Working Together To Safeguard Children 2023 – statutory guidance

  • Good Thinking – Looking Out For Your Friends

  • Belong Network and Together for Humanity – Leading in Challenging Times: Support for those responding to the impact of the conflict in Israel and Gaza on local communities in the UK 

  • Partnership Working

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