Latest Developments:

YFWM in partnership with the Office for Civil Society and working strategically with the national Centre for Youth Impact is gearing up to build on the mapping and investigation developed through the Regional Impact Network.

Launched with a
Strategic Symposium in September our '2020Vision' initiative is setting out to improve understanding and collaboration between funders, commissioners, infrastructure and service providers. Together we will investigate our common aspirations, and the quality indicators by which we identify strong, safe communities as well as those we use to mark young people's successful transitions to productive and integrated adulthood.

There is truth in the African saying that it takes a whole village to raise a child.
Those who provide material and human resources to strengthen communities are a part of the whole; the 'virtual village' in which a young person comes of age.

With resources stretched and some communities at breaking point the benefit of 'virtual villagers' speaking the same language and understanding collective results could make a critical difference to communities and individuals, yet the potential remains significantly untapped….



The landscape of youth work and the role of youth professionals - in local government and the VCS - have changed enormously in recent years as funding has been reduced or reirected.

Over this time many partnerships and a great deal of infrastructure have been lost, including some of YFWM's sister organisations in other parts of the country. YFWM has 'cut its cloth' and continued to facilitate network developments in the region.

Following a successful 2016 conference and AGM, with strong stakeholder involvement and some continuation funding we have been reviewing capacity alongside the way that youth professionals subscribe to and connect with the network as well as the professional youth work information, communication and support we aim to offer through it.

Our strong regional relationships combined with a clear focus on core principles and approaches to young people's development have led to productive networking and laid the foundation for exciting new partnership initiatives.


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July's Managing Challenging Behaviour training for SCYVS network in Staffordshire.

YFWM can offer a variety of training packages for youth professionals; from strategy & planning to management & practice.

2020Vision - Coming of Age in the West Midlands
A strategic regional symposium for funders, commissioners,
infrastructure and key demonstration project leads
Tuesday 19 September 2017, 10am-4pm
'The Factory' Young People's Centre, Longbridge

Youth Focus West Midlands (YFWM), in partnership with the Office for Civil Society (OCS) and
working strategically with the Centre for Youth Impact, is hosting an event to shape a collaborative
regional strategy for youth impact.

2020Vision will bring together individuals leading the way in building safe and successful
communities in the region; as well as people from organisations enriching the lives of the young
people who will grow to shape its future.

2020Vision aims to:
• Seek champions to lead testing and improvement of shared tools and measures in local
• Build collective understanding of the key qualities of safe, healthy communities and young
people skilled and equipped for adulthood,
• Develop a shared language to communicate these qualities to support greater collaboration
It will enable participants and their partners and networks to:
• Improve common mapping of youth development needs in a community context
• Reduce task duplication and data mismatches in delivery monitoring and recording
• Improve need and provider targeting and reduce ‘speculative bidding’ inefficiencies
• Improve cross-disciplinary communication and shared ‘grass roots’ intelligence
• Identify and develop open access and open source tools and applications

The event will feature:
• Expert insight into collaborative data and measurement initiatives
• Cross-sector discussion and shared case study reflection
• A focus on common issues, aspirations and difficulties
• Considering selected models and measures available for assessing community need and
measuring youth impact

Confirmed speakers include:
• Helga Edstrom of OCS, strategic regional link to Youth Policy and Chair of the regional
Funders’ Forum will set the context for the day
• Bethia McNeill Director of the Centre for Youth Impact will share national insight into work
on Collaborative Impact
Participants will also hear from speakers on partnerships and initiatives such as the funding sector’s
‘360Giving’ data sharing model.

Full programme information and background papers will be circulated ahead of the event.

This is an invitation only event


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