V.I.P. ‘Intro to youth work’ training is back this November

GMYN VYM_combinedGMYN’s Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP) supports organisations in Manchester to involve volunteers in their work with young people. Following the VIP training programme’s previous success GMYN, in collaboration with VYM, are once again offering the Intro to Youth Work training aimed at volunteer youth workers in Manchester.

Who is it for?

Primarily for those 18+ who are volunteering with young people in Manchester (or want to be) and wish to develop their understanding and practice of youth work. Some places for paid staff are available. The programme is made up of six separate training events.

How much does it cost?

Volunteer places are free although a £10 returnable deposit is required. Paid staff can book places at £45 per event. Discounts for multiple bookings are available. Volunteer places and some aspects of these events are funded through VIP. Paid places cover the additional training costs such as partner’s trainer fees.

How do I book?

Bookings are made through the Eventbrite website which explains full details about payments and cancellations.
All attendees will be asked to fill in a simple pre and post learning assessment form which will be emailed in advance of any events booked on. Volunteers can book on a maximum of 3 events and will be placed on reserve lists for any others they wish to attend. Whilst not essential we recommend booking onto the ‘Intro to Youth Work Values’ training as this session underpins the other training sessions.

What will the training be like?

The events will be spaces for learning but will not be too formal. We expect groups of about 10 people. Each event will provide understanding around the topic & relate this to practical application in youth work settings.

Is there anything else I should know?

We ask that when choosing to book onto events, interested participants remember that each session is an ‘Intro’ to aspects of youth work. We recognise that participants will have a range of experience and knowledge and therefore suggest they book on training that will advance their youth work practice. If you are already experienced in a topic covered, challenge yourself, book onto a different event!


“I really enjoyed attending the 'Intro to youth work' training. For me, attending the training was the first step that I took to start building up the knowledge and experience that I needed to get into a career in youth/ support work. The training not only provided me with some good basic knowledge but also provided an opportunity to network with people from different organisations and find out about what they do. I would recommend the training to anyone looking to move into youth/ support work or who is already working in this area looking to build on their knowledge and/ or network with people from other organisations.” [Katy, 2014 training attendee]

VIP training_photo_2V.I.P. 'Intro to youth work' training events

Dates and topics

Monday 2nd November: Intro to Youth Work Values
Exploring the definitions of youth work and how to embed the underpinning values when working with young people.

Monday 9th November: ‘Conversations’
Looking at how youth workers build responsive relationships with young people and how boundaries can be identified and managed.

Monday 16th November: Group Work Skills
How to understand and work with groups of young people through sharing of practical examples and tools for practice.

Monday 23rd November: Understanding and Meeting Needs
Exploring youth workers roles as critical and responsive practitioners by understanding young people’s needs and knowing how to signpost to further support.

Monday 30th November: Planning, Recording and Monitoring
This session will offer insight into the importance and relevance of planning, recording and monitoring youth work and ways to do this.

Monday 7th December: Measuring Impact
This session will explore what is meant by evaluation, reflective practice and impact, using the example of the Most Significant Change model.

For further information contact Myrtle at GMYN on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0161 274 3377

To book your place visit eventbrite.

This information is also available in PDF format - found at the bottom of this article as an attachment.

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