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Rapport - Electronic Newsletter for Community, Youth and Playworkers

JANUARY 21, 2020

Regular electronic newsletter for Youth Workers, Community Workers and Playworkers




We want to make sure that Branch Rapport is a monthly bulletin that hits your email boxes with information that is of interest and touches on subjects that concern you in your working life as a community, youth or playworker.

Please let myself or Kerry Jenkins know if there are any issues or stories we should highlight. Contact us on either [email protected] or [email protected]

CYPW National Committee elections 2017 

There are three vacancies on the CYPW National Committee

  • Student Convenor
  • Wales Convenor
  • Scotland Convenor

The term of office runs until the Autumn 2019.

These are three exciting positions where, should you be nominated or elected, you will be at the forefront of putting into action the policies of the section and the union in promoting and advocating for play and youth services across the country.

Nominations for these positions close at 12pm on Friday 7 April 2017.  Further details about the nomination process and about responsibilities of these roles can be found here

Unite CYPW makes an impression on Cat Smith MP 

CYPW Youth Work Convenor, Stuart Mathers and National Officer, Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe met with Cat Smith MP at her office in Parliament on a sunny spring morning, which had a direct view of Big Ben, Westminster Bridge and the River Thames.  Cat is currently the Labour Member of Parliament for Lancaster and Fleetwood and a member of the Shadow Cabinet for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs.  During the discussion, we talked about the crisis of funding of youth and play services which has seen young people suffer from cuts of important services and thousands of qualified staff lose their jobs.  We also explained the threat of the abolition of the JNC Pink Book terms and conditions, which could see the whole scale deprofessionalisation of youth work.  We also talked to Cat about the National Citizenship Service programme and the bill that is going through Parliament currently.  We mentioned the examples of Blackpool and Devon where Unite members have led mutual organisations or created Community Interest Companies (CIC) to run youth services in their localities staffed with JNC qualified and JNC paid staff.  We asked her to find out more about the Labour Party National Policy Forum process for creating policies for the Labour Party election manifesto for youth and play services and we will be in touch again to provide information about these key services, so she can be a conduit to highlight the issues in Westminster and around the Country.

What is the professional identity for Youth work?

TAG are hosting a consultation day on enhancing profession identity and the role and function of the professional on Tuesday 21 March 2017 in Birmingham. More information can be found at

Rapport – will be on the streets imminently!

The next edition of Rapport should be on your doorsteps imminently! If you have any news affecting your service or if you want to highlight any issue affecting you in your workplace do contact [email protected] or [email protected] or Rapport Editor Charlene Bleakley at [email protected] so it could be in the next Branch Rapport or the next edition of Rapport.

Any changes to report? 

Changed job, moved house, retired? Please send us any changes to your work or personal circumstances. You can do this simply by sending an email to MemberUpdate

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