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Rapport - for Community, Youth and Playworkers (April)

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]

Congratulations to Danielle Carlin, the CYPW section's New Student Convenor!

Nominations for a CYPW section Committee opened last month and closed on Friday. We received one nomination for the CYPW Student Convenor from Danielle Carlin, a Playworker studying Childhood and Youth Studies. We are pleased to announce that Danielle, is duly elected (uncontested) as the section's new student convenor and she will take office immediately. Congratulations to Danielle and we all wish her success in her new role and I am sure we will do our best to support her. Nominations remain open for the Scottish and Welsh Convenor positions.

CYPW Northern Ireland win a 3 month reprieve for threaten fixed term youth workers

Congratulations to our Northern Ireland Branch for managing to force the Secretary of State of Northern Ireland to extend the notice period for hundreds of youth workers, who were due to receive redundancy on 1 April. Following elections in March to the Northern Ireland Assembly no new Governement has taken a decision on whether to extend the contracts of many of our members, so the decision had to be taken by the Secretary of State. The ultimate decision may yet be taken by him, if there is no progress in talks for power sharing arrangements at Stormont. Our activists in Northern Ireland would still value your messages of support or if you live in Old Bexley and Sidcup, the constituency of James Brokenshaw MP, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Do drop him a line to show your concern. You can follow these links: here or

CYPW section meets with Dan Jarvis MP

CYPW section stalwarts, Stuart Mathers and Kevin Williams, with Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, National Officer, met with Dan Jarvis MP, to talk about various issues concerning young people, youth work and play work. Mr Jarvis is particularly interested in combatting child povety and took interest in the plight of children and young people particularly in his Barnsley Central constituency. We also alerted him to organisations like Onside, who wish to build youth zones in areas, often to the detriment of exsisting statutory funded and voluntary and not for profit youth services.

Creative Collisions - Wednesday 3 May 2017

London Creative Collisions returns after a 3 year absence. It represents a way to bring together an number of national youth organisations in order to find new and innovate ways to support and engage youth people. The Civil Society Minister, Rob Wilson MP, will be in attendance and the event is open to under 25 for free, but other other participants will have to pay to attend. The Unite CYPW section National Committee will have a presence at the event. If you would like to attend, your employer may want to support you to attend or if you are a regular attendee of your local Unite the Union branch meetings, they may want to support you to attend. Details here. 

New members for the English Education Training Standards Committee wanted!

Volunteers wanted to set the educational standards for youth work and ensure JNC courses are of the correct quality. More details here.

Workers Memorial Day - Friday 28 April 2017 #IWMD17

International Workers Memorial Day is on the 28 April each year and represents the day of the year we come together and remember those who have died or who have been injured while been on duty at work. The slogan for the day is "Remember the Dead, Fight for the living". There will be a series of events across the country and across the world to commerate the day. A link below will take you to the list of Unite supported events. Do get involved! More information available at

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