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Exploring Local Youth Partnerships – creating a youth offer across London



As part of Youth Work Week 2022 #YWW22 we co-hosted a session online with 100 cross-sector leads exploring Local Youth Partnerships and Place Based Working with Young People with the LGA, London Councils, The Young People’s Foundation Trust, and London Youth. The session aimed to explore the national, regional, and local context for youth policy and practice and build a greater understanding of the work underway and areas of work that need to be developed moving forward. The session brought together stakeholders from health, local and regional government, funders, voluntary and community sector, housing sector, arts, and cultural sector to focus on our collective approach and shared resources.


The session was opened with a statement from Jane McSherry, Director Children’s Services for the London Borough of Merton,

Our starting point today and for this discussion is holding it firmly in our heads that young people are 100% of the future, they are the leaders of tomorrow – and today, they will be running our services, being our next generation of elected leader, designing new technologies to tackle climate change, developing the creativity of this city. London is an amazing city, its diversity and its opportunities are immense, it can also be challenging for many young people in term of inequalities and access, we all have a collective responsibility to make this the best place to grow up in


To make this happen we need to be investing in providing the support for young people, this is essential to deliver skills, jobs, and growth and ensure that well-being is at the heart of this city. Youth leadership is key and the part of work that boroughs are doing around the youth offer will be exploring how to strengthen youth leadership locally and at a pan London level.’



This work builds on the ongoing work taking place at London Councils, and the key areas we want to take forward include:

  • Sharing emerging practice on local youth partnerships and building momentum

  • Developing a clearer workforce pathway in place across London

  • Developing our approaches on social prescribing

  • Youth-led data and insight, young people at the core of decisions making

To do this, we will get several task and finish groups in place, please get in touch if you want to know more


The presentations from the session can be viewed below:

  1. DCMS Presentation on the National Youth Guarantee

  2. London Funders Presentation on Propel Funding

  3. YPF Trust and London Councils Presentation YPF Trust

  4. Centre for Youth Impact Resources and Presentation

  5. National Youth Agency Presentation

  6. GLA New Deal for Young People Presentation

  7. Healthy London Partnership Social Prescribing Presentation

  8. Young Islington Presentation


If you want to get involved in any of the working groups moving forward, please get in touch!



Thank you so much for attending the session on the 7th November. Please see linked the following:

  1. DCMS Presentation on the National Youth Guarantee – details are here (Any interested PRU can view details of the grants programme here - Access Without Limits - SEND & Alternative Provision Schools - The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (dofe.org) – they can then email accesswithoutlimits@dofe.org if they’d like to apply. We will then check their eligibility and refer them to their local DofE Operations Officer who will get in touch and support them to become a DofE Licensed Organisation and to apply and receive funding.)

  2. London Funders Presentation on Propel Funding – link to see more is here

  3. YPF Trust and London Councils Presentation YPF Trust and link is here

  4. Centre for Youth Impact Resources and Presentation – website details can be viewed here


In terms of wider support or resources on offer please see the following links


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