Over the last 18 months the Confederation of Heads of Young People’s Services (CHYPS), which is the membership organisation that supports and represents local authority services for young people, and Ambition, a leading national youth charity have benefitted from close partnership working and are now discussing merger opportunities.
The discussions build on the success of recent joint activity and a shared commitment to high-quality services for young people by developing the skills, knowledge, resources and funding available to those commissioning, managing and delivering young people’s services.
Helen Marshall, Chief Executive, Ambition commented: “I am really pleased to be discussing closer working arrangements with CHYPS. I think it will strengthen our membership, national voice and ultimately outcomes for young people.”
David Wright, on behalf of CHYPS commented: “These discussions are timely as local authorities look ahead to 2015 and seek to strengthen their relationships with the voluntary sector. Our focus to represent those working with and for young people remains at the heart of our partnership discussions with Ambition.”
The two organisations have much to celebrate this year. Ambition’s membership has increased by 34% in the last year, demonstrating the need amongst organisations who work locally with young people for improved access to funding and expertise. Over the past year Ambition has distributed nearly £1million to their members to deliver programmes to young people in local communities. CHYPS has been working closely with the Cabinet Office and supporting members nationally and regionally to develop the highest quality youth offer in their local authorities.
This year the Convention will begin on Sunday 2nd November from 5.00pm at the Hotel Russell, Bloomsbury, with the AGM and followed by a Seminar Dinner on the State of the Nation’ – local authority services with guest contributions from Deborah Brownlee (Youth Lead, ADCS) andCllr David Simmonds (Chair of LGA Children & Young People’s Committee)
The Convention will then move to the Grand Connaught Rooms on Monday 3rd November, for debate, discussion and networking opportunities on the “Agenda for Young People” to consider transitions to adulthood in the morning, and with a specific focus on their health and wellbeing in the afternoon. With heightened interest in the run up to the General Election, there will be a Question Time panel debate on the vision for young people and support services.
We are delighted to confirm key-note speeches from the Minister for Civil Society, Cabinet Office, and Lisa Nandy MP (Shadow Minister).
Other lead contributions include:
• Dr Maggie Atkinson (Children's Commissioner for England)
• Sir Tony Hawkhead (CEO, Action for Children)
• Eustace DeSousa (Public Health England)
The Cabinet Office have made a full disclosure of the results of their survey of Local Authority youth services to CYPNow believeing this to the most effective way of making the information available to as many people in the sector as possible. CYPNow has done an initial news story today http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/1145287/dozens-councils-ignore-youth-service-legal-duty and they will be publishing more in the next edition later in the month.
The Cabinet Office are promising that the survey results will be put into the public domain shortly also and we will share a link to this as soon as we have it.
The Cabinet Office have shared some of the top-line results (from the 97 local authorities that responded to the survey):
Funding from local authorities has decreased:
- Survey data: between 2011/12 and 2013/14 spend on youth services reduced by 22% on average (targeted by 9% and universal by 33%); a further 16% of cuts across all respondent LAs are forecast for 2014/15.
- BBC report data (March 2014): Stats collected by DfE indicate a total reduction of £438m (36%) between 2010-11 and 2012-13.
There is recognition of the continued role of LAs in improving the well-being of young people:
- 71% said it was a very high, or high, priority for their LA
- 67% said it was a very highly, or highly, valued by their LA
LAs are looking for new and creative opportunities to bring people together, build new partnerships, share resources, streamline services and look at new funding streams:
- 81% believe the capacity to form partnerships has improved in the last 3 years
- 78% believe identifying need and targeting resources has improved
Councils have begun to develop toolkits to assess the impact of services, and want support to help them to analyse and demonstrate the impact of their work:
- 86% say the focus on outcomes has improved in the last 3 years
- 81% would like to adopt a common outcomes framework in the immediate future
- Many are engaging positively with central government investment in programmes like NCS
- 52% said the Troubled Families programme is extremely important
There is an appetite to overcome future challenges and the desire to show leadership in securing better services and activities:
- 91% are looking for more VCSE collaboration
- 70% think youth-led approaches are very important.