UK Youth Research: Local Youth Groups Today

In their newly published report Local Youth Groups Today, UK Youth sought to better understand the role of community based youth clubs and projects in order to answer a fundamental question; do we still need these community based youth groups?

Through this research, which collected evidence from over 700 youth professionals, carried out in-depth case studies with local youth groups, and interviewed dozens of young people and sector leaders, we found numerous well run and high impact youth projects happening all across the UK.

However there is also clear evidence of widespread concern that an ever increasing number of valuable services are losing support and funding, and with the role of community based youth groups becoming less clear we aimed to answer:

  • Is it time for the youth sector to accept that the needs of young people have changed so dramatically that the youth service we have built up for over a century is no longer fit for purpose?
  • Should we recognise that new, alternative models of youth service provision are the way forward?
  • Is it right to narrow the focus of commissioners, funders and the general public to concentrate targeted expenditure on a narrow range of programmes so that outcomes can be carefully monitored and measured?

Download the report below.


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