Youth Focus West Midlands is the non-aligned network lead and support for work with young people in the West Midlands.
Youth Focus West Midlands was established to build upon the work of the previous West Midlands Regional Youth Work Unit; continuing to work with youth work and related youth professionals, agencies and policy makers to support the development and delivery of high quality youth work opportunities for young people across the West Midlands region.
The aim of YFWM is to encourage, promote and support both individual practitioners and organisations that look to develop and deliver youth work across the West Midlands region.
At the heart of the organisation’s role is the development of clear communication routes and networks that complement a consistent understanding and approach to youth work. We believe this approach is an essential element in ensuring that young people are offered personal development experiences regardless of where they live in the West Midlands region.
YFWM leads a number of professional networks; bringing together strategic leads and specialists from across the region as well as service and professional development learning and task groups. The range of YFWM work has been reviewed and refocused. Whilst approaches need to move with the times and reflect resourcing the priorities remain the same:
Supporting and advocating for high quality youth work
Supporting strategic networks and infrastructure
Facilitating stakeholder collaboration and the development of common language / metrics.
The Regional Youth Impact Network is a peer network open to youth sector organisations and youth professionals working in youth work and related settings in the West Midlands who come together to stimulate and support development of professional approaches to ‘Impact’; identifying, generating, and applying evidence, so as to improve their work and demonstrate its value in order to improve outcomes and resources for young people.
The West Midlands network is one of seven regional networks formed across the country that are supported by the Centre for Youth Impact, which has a national remit. The network is convened by Youth Focus West Midlands (YFWM) and is focused on "Mapping the Landscape" and the professional need for measurement tools to fit youth work strategies (rather than youth work strategies to suit measurement tools!)
Youth Focus West Midlands c/o The Factory - Young People's Centre 5, Devon Way Longbridge Birmingham B31 2TS