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Somerset Youth Work Alliance

We facilitate the Somerset Youth Work Alliance. Our aim is to create a high quality, co-produced and inclusive youth offer in Somerset.

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As an infrastructure charity, we enable strategic collaboration among organisations to set direction and make decisions, focusing on areas where there are gaps in provision or a need for more a more joined-up approach. An example of this is our work with the Somerset Youth Work Alliance.


What is the Alliance? 

The Somerset Youth Work Alliance is a collaboration of youth work organisations in the VCFSE sector based in Somerset. Our vision is to work collectively, ensuring a high-quality, co-produced, and inclusive youth offer in Somerset. We prioritise listening to the voices of young people and aim to be responsive to emerging needs whilst remaining accessible to all. 

Our key successes to date include securing pathways for youth work training to enhance the development and quality of our provision, and in 2023 we secured funding from the National Community Lottery Fund, enabling us continue our work until 2026.

The Alliance, supported by Spark Somerset, has achieved amazing things with their partnership, setting up the training program and focusing the minds of politicians on how we support their life-enhancing, life-changing, and sometimes life-saving work.

- Cllr Caroline Ellis

We are committed to: 

  • Ensuring consistently high-quality youth service provision across the county, developed, and co-produced with those who use it. 
  • Identifying and collaboratively filling gaps in service provision for young people, prioritising local needs, accessibility, and inclusivity. 
  • Building trusting and creative relationships between organisations, respecting diversity, recognising strengths, and exploring joint funding opportunities. 
  • Sharing ideas, learning, knowledge, and resources to achieve optimal outcomes for young people in the county. 
  • Utilising our combined voice to highlight the impact of youth work and influence the strategic landscape for youth services. 
  • Exploring a peer review approach to quality assurance as work progresses. 
  • Identifying gaps in training and development in Somerset, working with educational bodies to arrange programs for new youth workers and providing continuing professional development opportunities. 
  • Promoting training and career paths in youth work to attract new professionals.

Youth work training

We have developed and funded a training pathway, starting with an entry level ‘Introduction to Youth Work’ course all the way to the Level 6 Professional Youth Worker Apprenticeship, enabling volunteers and staff to develop their skills and progress in their career. 

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Who we are

We are linked with local and national organisations including the National Youth Agency and all of our members meet national standards in youth work practice and safeguarding, with support from our team and other members. We are proud to be a Young Peoples’ Foundation, working collaboratively locally, regionally and nationally to develop youth work.  

We have three levels of membership, all of which are free to join and access support.  

  • Our Alliance is governed by our Steering Committee members who give their time and expertise
  • Our core members bring years of youth work experience, providing a robust foundation for collaborative efforts and support for Network members  
  • Our Network members are smaller or less established organisations who benefit from ongoing support and preferential access to our training pathway to Level 3 Youth Work qualifications

We have a Steering Committee and core members who bring years of youth work experience, forming a robust foundation for our collaborative efforts. Our current membership includes: Minehead EyeYMCA Brunel GroupYouth UnlimitedYoung SomersetReachThe Space, Community Youth Project (CYP)In The Mix ProjectActive Learning and Skills (ALS)YMCA Taunton, Youth Connect South West2BU SomersetMind in SomersetThe Onion ProjectSomerset Activity & Sports Project (SASP), Youth Adventure Trust, West Monkton Parish Council, and Spark Somerset.


Want to get involved?

To learn more about the Somerset Youth Work Alliance and the exciting opportunities it holds for youth work in Somerset, please get in touch.

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Youth work vacancies

Simple, grey-text logo saying "YMCA Brunel Group".

Job vacancy

Youth Worker for Young Carers

£11.02 per hour

Closing date: Sunday, 31 March

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Simple, grey-text logo saying "YMCA Brunel Group".

Job vacancy

Youth Worker, Glastonbury

£11.02 per hour

Closing date: Sunday, 31 March

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Simple, grey-text logo saying "YMCA Brunel Group".

Job vacancy

Youth Worker, Street

£11.02 per hour

Closing date: Sunday, 31 March

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The Somerset Youth Work Alliance has developed a network that trains youth workers, shares best practice and collaborates to provide the best and widest support possible, all driven by a clear passion to listen to the voices of young people.

- Cllr Heather Shearer,