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.  

  • Hubbub and Virgin Media O2 are proud to announce a £500,000 fund to support innovative programmes, initiatives and campaigns that promote digital inclusion while reducing e-waste and supporting the circular economy. Grants are ranging in size from £25,000 to £100,000. They expect to be able to fund between 6-8 projects of varying grant sizes. EOI open on Wednesday 3 July.

  • Good Things Foundation Digital Divide Grants has enabled thousands of National Digital Inclusion Network members to access grants and funding, who’ve used the funds to do things like buy new tech, resource staff, hire venues, arrange external training and create digital support resources.  deadline 5th June

  • Now in its fourth year, the Pilgrim Trust’s five-year, £5 million Young Women in Mind programme (previously known as Young Women’s Mental Health Grant Programme) is open to applications from UK registered charities with an annual income of between £100,000 and £1 million, have been operating for at least three years and whose work or project is located in the North East England, North West England, Yorkshire and The Humber or Northern Ireland.

    Grants of between £60,000 and £100,000 spread across three years are available. It is expected that between 10 to 12 projects will be supported.

    The funding is for mental health services that support young women with existing and increasingly entrenched mental health problems. Their mental health needs may not have been formally diagnosed but will have a clear impact on their ability to cope.

    The following costs are supported:

    • Project delivery costs.
    • Staff costs and fees.
    • Cores costs eg, a contribution toward salaries of core staff, building overheads
    • Advocacy, learning and evaluation costs, networking, advocacy/campaigning activities and sharing good practice (eg, publications, convening groups).

    Funding is for projects where at least 80% of the participants of the work fall within the 16-25 age band.

    There is a two-stage application process.

    The deadline for Stage One applications is 8 July 2024.


Regional, National and International News



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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