News/Jobs – Voluntary Action Leeds


New VA-L Facilitation Service Kathy Faulks, VA-L’s Small Groups Development Worker, is offering groups the opportunity to use her skills and experience in the sector to facilitate away days and workshops. Contact Kathy on 0113 297 7943 or email her on kathy.faulks@val.org.uk Coalition sets out “Big Society” plan The Prime Minister has launched a cross-Government … Continue reading News/Jobs – Voluntary Action Leeds

News – Vetting and Barring Scheme registration halted


Tuesday 15th June 2010 Registration with the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) will be halted to allow the government to remodel the scheme back to proportionate, common sense levels, it was announced today. Voluntary registration with the VBS for new employees and job-movers working or volunteering with children and vulnerable adults was due to start … Continue reading News – Vetting and Barring Scheme registration halted

The Brilliance of Bouldering


Oh what a way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon in North Yorkshire- scaling around large stones and scurrying through gaps small enough to trap your average hamster. Bouldering… A complete and utter art form and I for one loved it. Not being the sportiest of individuals, I had serious apprehensions about running around a … Continue reading The Brilliance of Bouldering

Get Going Barnsley!!


The ‘Get Going’ training project in Barnsley is in full swing and great progress is being made even though we are only in the early stages. Being a step away from the traditional E2E course the GET GOING programme is designed to encourage personal development, motivational and confidence-building skills for young people. However it is … Continue reading Get Going Barnsley!!

Wrapping up the film project in Worsbrough


The Worsbrough detached team have been hard at work and are now finally at the end of the filming project in their area. The focus of the film was directly upon the issue of drugs and alcohol, in particular the experiences and opinions of young people surrounding the subject. We have been really impressed with … Continue reading Wrapping up the film project in Worsbrough

Rachael is 1000th Associate!


The Youth Association passed a great milestone this week, when we welcomed our 1000th Associate.  It was a cause for celebration when Rachael Hattersley met with Youth Association Chief Executive Andy Clow, to be told that she was the 1000th Associate to join and to receive £50 in gift vouchers and a bag of Association ‘goodies’.  … Continue reading Rachael is 1000th Associate!

Young people from Barnsley enjoy sunny residential visit


On one glorious, sunny weekend in May, a group of 8 young people from the Monk Bretton area in Barnsley went away on a residential to PGL centre. The whole group showed enthusiasm throughout, and self-confidence in them grew as the 2 days went on. There were some very challenging activities such as abseiling, the … Continue reading Young people from Barnsley enjoy sunny residential visit

Participation is … Part 4


This is the fourth of 5 tips or suggestions on how to make children and young people’s participation work. Check out parts 1, 2 and 3  for more details. 1. It is not a wish list 2. Always give feedback 3. Make it accessible 4. CHOOSE THE RIGHT LEVEL FOR YOUR GROUP There are lots of models of … Continue reading Participation is … Part 4