London Youth runs a number of networks in which organisations can discuss the key issues affecting their work with young people. We bring together those from Government, the voluntary sector and policy makers to exchange ideas, debate the issues and influence decision-making. Our networks are open to all, not just to members of London Youth.
Tackling Youth Violence Network
This well established network of youth workers and youth violence specialists has been running since 2012 and meets quarterly, at locations across London.
Previous speakers include Sophie Linden (Deputy Mayor), Claire Waxman (Victims Commissioner), Sarah Jones MP (Chair of APPG on Knife Crime), Sian Berry (London Assembly Member), and representatives from London Councils, the Metropolitan Police, the Home Office and the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime (MOPAC).
The Employability Network meets quarterly, bringing together youth work professionals to discuss key themes such as racial disparity in youth unemployment and how to best support young people with learning disabilities and to share policy updates.
Previous speakers have included Mencap, Enabling Enterprise, Hackney CVS and Access UK.
The purpose of the Inclusion Network is to provide youth professionals with the opportunity to share knowledge, expertise and resources on inclusion issues.
Inclusion is understood as: Reducing physical and social barriers; Having a community-led approach; Identifying and understanding client group’s needs; Promoting positive attitudes and behaviours towards individuals.
Focusing on underrepresented groups – As based on the Nine Protected Characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.
Previous speakers include Stonewall, Greater London Authority (GLA), Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime (MOPAC), Stop Hate UK, Young Minds, The Children’s Society and Gendered Intelligence.
Regional Impact Network
This is a network of youth organisations working in and around London, supported by the Centre for Youth Impact. The network supports youth organisations to undertake meaningful evaluation and impact measurement. It provides a ‘safe space’ in which members can share issues or challenges that they are facing in their work, seek advice from peers and access support that will inform their practice.
We aim to make the sessions as practical as possible, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of members of the network, as well as experts in their field. Previous speakers have included representatives from the Centre for Youth Impact, NPC, Project Oracle and Superhighways.
Wellbeing and Mental Health Network
This network was recently set up to help youth professionals better support the wellbeing and mental health needs of the young people they work with. This allows our members to come together to address some of the challenges they face in this area, as well as to provide practical support through London Youth’s Development Grant.
Please note: the Wellbeing and Mental Health Network runs through a series of ‘closed’ sessions, open to those who are being financially supported through the Development Grant, as well as open meetings for all London Youth members.
Previous speakers include Thrive LDN, Greater London Authority (GLA), Young Urban Arts Foundation and recipients of the Development Grant.
Youth Involvement Network
The Youth Involvement Network is offered as part of our Jimmy Dixon Leadership Programme at London Youth. It seeks to bring together youth professionals to discuss best practice for meaningful youth involvement to provide practical tools, share experiences and network with other youth workers.
As well as some structured networking activities, the network features guest speakers with exemplary youth involvement and links to other youth participation related training and opportunities available.
Previous speakers include representatives from Youth Club Archive, Anna Freud National Centre, Reaching Higher, the Greater London Authority (GLA), Leaders in Community and Hackney Quest.