London Youth

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London Youth grew out of the ragged schools movement in the 1880s and has now grown into a network of 400 community organisations and youth clubs serving 75,000 young people across London. About a quarter of these youth clubs are in the Charity’s Beneficial Area. London Youth provides a number of services to its members including training youth workers, running two activity centres and operating as a lobbying organisation for the youth services sector in London.

A key service provided to London Youth members is the London Youth Quality Mark. Good youth work requires outstanding front-line delivery and a robust organisation to back it up. The London Youth Quality Mark focuses on both, helping clubs to achieve long lasting improvements in their practice and management. London Youth provides tailor-made support to participating clubs and assist them in attaining the Quality Mark. Attaining the Quality Mark gives clubs a ‘badge’ of excellence to market to young people, their families and potential funders. Clubs can work through a progressive structure towards Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. Each level requires a portfolio of evidence to be put together which is then assessed in conjunction with a team of City and Guilds assessors. It is the only youth club quality assurance scheme accredited by City and Guilds.

We fund London Youth to deliver their Quality Mark and any organisation working with Youth in the Charity’s Beneficial Area will get extra support to achieve this.

Beth Williams is London Youth’s Quality marking officer and she will be blogging for us here.

More info available here: londonyouth.org