10.7 Raising awareness about youth work
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There is no central source of information and guidance on non-formal, informal and youth work learning opportunities in Wales.
As the main providers or commissioners of youth services, local authorities are also the main providers of information on learning opportunities, formal and non-formal, available in their local areas. Typically, each local authority provides the information on its website in a section such as integrated youth support services, youth support services, community, community learning and/or adult learning. Local authorities commonly also provide directories of youth organisations. Local authority run libraries are also sources of information.
Careers Wales provides a database of courses available, including in non-formal learning. There is a separate search available for work-based learning.
Generation Change is a UK charity partnership and sector-based network of youth social action organisations. Together with Step Up To Serve, it coordinates ‘Horizon’, an online mapping tool which shows youth social action programmes across the UK. The tool has mapped more than 1.2 million social action opportunities for 11- to 25-year-olds.
CWVYS runs an annual Youth Work Week to provide youth workers and young people with the opportunity to celebrate the achievements and impacts of youth work. The week aims to:
● promote a wider understanding and support for youth work
● gain media coverage
● promote positive images of young people
● promote the benefits of youth work
● celebrate the contribution of youth work with young people.
For more information, see also the article ‘Raising awareness about youth volunteering opportunities’