The promotion of quality youth work interventions is a primary purpose for VYM and as part of this we actively encourage youth service providers to continuously improve both youth work practice and governance.
This work has included involvement in the development of youth work standards for Manchester which have been used as a self assessment tool and as part of commissioner visits for Youth Fund projects. Since the disestablishment of the statutory youth service there is no centralised quality function within the city and this is a role that VYM seeks to develop further through work such as:
- Offering and supporting VCS organisations to undertake Ambition Quality – an affordable quality standard developed by Ambition as an accredited quality measurement tool for voluntary sector youth providers
- Financial management workshops, raising awareness of the importance of cash flow, unit costing and budgeting, as well as providing small groups with simple financial management tools
- Governance workshops – peer training events covering a range of topics that are relevant to staff, volunteers and trustees of provider organisations to ensure legal compliance and good practice.
- Tools for the Job Workshops – covering a range of key organisational and practice issues, including funding, finance, outcomes and data management, delivered by practitioners.
- Mutual Support – via network meetings and associated activities VYM has consistently developed a model of mutual support, which we aim to formalise in supporting work that drives up and demonstrates standards.
VYM will continue to access specialist knowledge and networks within the sector to share good practice and help ‘drive up’ standards and therefore improve the service offer for young people within the city.