Here you will find a selection of helpful websites that you may find useful if you work with children and young people.


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4Children works with Government, local authorities, primary care trusts, children's service providers, and children and parents to ensure joined up support for all children and young people aged 0-19 in their local community.
From children's centres to extended schools, childcare to play provision, parenting support to support for young people - 4Children is at the forefront of delivery and supporting innovative children's services, ensuring that all children and families get the support they need in their community.


AbilityNet works with community organisations across the country so that they can support your computer use with advice and information as well as being able to show you some specialist software and hardware.  They have links with centres in Yorkshire and Humberside.  They can particularly help disabled people with computer access.   Visit the website to find out more.

Action for Children

Action for Children, formerly NCH, is a national children’s charity that supports and speaks out for the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK.  Thee are useful links on the website to policy and research.


Action For Kids (AFK) is a national charity working with children and young people with physical and learning disabilities and their parents and carers. They help to transform young lives by removing the barriers to independence. Disabled young people can contact them for work related learning to develop skills for employment, charitable volunteering or community participation. They focus on children's abilities, providing a positive supporting environment in which to develop confidence.

Advice for under 25s

Citizens Advice has launched a new website that aims to provide support, advice and information to young people under 25. Last year young people under the age of 25 sought help from Citizens Advice on nearly three quarters of a million problems. Amazingly, eighty per cent of their problems related to just four issues: debt, benefits, housing and employment. They have hand picked the most relevant information and put it in one place in the website which you can visit at:

Ambitious about Autism

 Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. We provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and influence policy. We exist to enable children and young people with autism to learn, thrive and achieve. Through TreeHouse School we provide specialist education.  Our ambition is to make the ordinary possible for more children and young people with autism.


This is a website that says it with pictures and provides disabled children with access to local and national news, film, sports, music reviews, and other fun stuff they'd normally be excluded from

Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO)

You can access a variety of free online publications from the ACEVO website which cover a variety of topics. There also guides available, such as a Good Governance Guide. To download your copy of these free publications visit the Website:

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This site has news, events and current affairs relating to young people, as well as policies and research.

Barrier Busting

The Communities and Local Government department has launched a new website where individuals, charities and community groups can ask for help in overcoming bureaucratic obstacles to their work. The Barrier Busting website aims to help people setting up or running local community projects submit queries about regulations, such as by-laws or health and safety rules, that hinder them in their work. Local authorities can also use the website to report any barriers, unnecessary bureaucracy or burdens they come across in the course of their business, in exactly the same way as individuals and community groups.
The queries will be answered by the barrier busting team of civil servants. You can log your problem on the barrier busting website and you are given an ID number so that you can track the progress of your case online.

British Youth Council

The British Youth Council (BYC) is led by young people for young people, aged 25 and under, across the UK.  We connect with our community of member organisations and network of Local Youth Councils to empower young people to have a say and be heard.  BYC provides a range of services to develop and support individual young people, youth-led member organisations and organisations wanting to involve young people in their work

 Building a stronger civil society

The Government has set up a website to help individuals and organisations respond to its Supporting a Stronger Civil Society consultation on improving support for frontline civil society organisations. You can download the consultation documents, sign up for email updates and also respond by completing an online survey. The deadline for responses is 6 January 2011. Visit the website at: 

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Career Pilot

This website helps young people with choices at 14, 16 and 18. They can explore different job sectors and learn how they can study and work at the same time - to university level.

Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s Services (C4EO)

The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services (C4EO) is a dynamic new organisation, developed for the children's sector, from the children's sector. C4EO identifies and coordinates local, regional and national evidence of 'what works', to create a single and comprehensive picture of effective practice in delivering children's services. Using this information, C4EO offers support to local authorities and their Children's Trust partners, working with them to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families

Centre for Intergenerational Practice (CIP)

The Centre for Intergenerational Practice (CIP) aims to support the development and promotion of intergenerational practice as a catalyst for social change; the Centre is an initiative of the Beth Johnson Foundation. Through its funding sources and partners, it seeks to provide expert support to develop intergenerational practice across the UK and Europe
The Centre aims to support managers, practitioners and volunteers in the Voluntary and Community Sector, policy makers, and regional and national government to develop more cohesive communities by:
• promoting intergenerational practice as an effective mechanism to improve the understanding and relationships between people of different generations and cultures
• developing the evidence base and understanding of intergenerational practice at national, regional and local levels
• to develop a Learning and Development model to support Local Authorities in progressing their intergenerational programmes and plans in a climate of diminishing financial support
Visit the website to find out more:

Change 4 Life programme

The Change 4 Life programme aims to promote healthy eating and physical activity for children and young people and their families. There have been adverts on TV about the campaign. Have a look at the website which includes useful links to local activities in your area and you will also be able to advertise what your group is doing. There is also some information for practitioners and leaflets and posters to download.

Charity Builder UK

Charity Builder UK is an interactive service that will help you to manage HR and Health & Safety. It is provided free of charge to all charities and not-for-profit groups. CBUK helps you produce documents such as contracts, policies and job descriptions and because the content is written by lawyers you'll be kept up to date with any changes in legislation. You'll also find practical guides to insurance, governance and volunteering. Register now and benefit from the peace of mind CBUK brings. CBUK is funded and managed as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility Programme by Tennyson Insurance, the experts.


Charity Comms

Charity Comms are the new professional body for charity sector communications from internal communications and publishing to media relations, marketing communications and new media, as well as reputation and crisis management.  They want to help those responsible for communications both internally and externally.  It is for anyone whose communications role is integral to the success of their charity, seeking to support communications staff and volunteers working in large and small charities, non-governmental organisations and other relevant areas in the UK.

Charity Commission

On this site you can search the register of charities and find quick links to useful information.  Charities can complete annual returns, enter and change details, and send the Trustees annual report.

Charity Evaluation Service (CWS)

CES is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. It aims to strengthen the voluntary sector through offering free and below-cost support and services to charities and community organisations. Amongst other services they offer: free advice, free technical coaching for small organisations, free customised training programmes for small community organisations serving marginalised communities, subsidised open training in self-evaluation and quality assurance, customised 'in house' training in self-evaluation and quality assurance, publications.

Charity SRI

Charity SRI website provides information and resources on Responsible Investment - what it is, reasons for doing it and how to go about it. Responsible Investment is about aligning investments with mission and incorporating social, environmental and ethical issues into investments. It is also known as ethical or socially responsible investment (SRI). This website is for charities so that staff and trustees can find out why Responsible Investment is relevant for your charity and how to implement it.

Children and Young People Now

For everyone working with children and young people.

Children England

Membership is open to all voluntary organisations working with children, young people and families across England.  They are a membership organisation for the children, young people and families voluntary sector and their mission is to create a fairer world for children, young people and families by championing the voluntary organisations which work on their behalf.

The Children's Legal Centre

The Children's Legal Centre is a unique, independent national charity concerned with law and policy affecting children and young people. It has many years of experience in providing legal advice and representation to children, their carers and professionals throughout the UK 

Children's Link

Children's Links exists to improve the quality of children's, parent's and families' life experiences. We pride ourselves on our professional workforce and our expertise across many areas of service delivery for children, young people, families and communities. In working with Children's Links you can be assured that the services delivered are focussed on user needs, responsive and tailored for each individual area. If your organisation works with children, young people, their families and / or communities, Children's Links can offer support around all aspects of service delivery. Our range of services include Workforce Development, Play Development, Childcare Settings, Childcare Business Support, Sector Support, Family Services, Children's Services, Participation, Parenting, Youth Inclusion, Play Activities, Play Ranger Services, Evaluation, Research and many more. Visit the website at: 

Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE)

CRAE protects the human rights of children by lobbying government and others who hold power by supporting test cases.  They provide free legal information and advice, raise awareness of children’s human rights and undertake research about children’s access to their rights.  They mobilise others to take action.


Children's Society

The Children's Society is a leading national charity that works to make childhood better for all children in the UK. They have networks of community based projects and also carry out work in schools. They say that their research and campaigning creates a change by influencing thinking of the public, politicians and decision makers. Visit their website to find out more:

Community Matters

A national federation of community organisations.

Confederation of Heads of Young People's Services (CHYPS)

The Confederation of Heads of Young People's Services (CHYPS) is the national association for leaders and senior managers in Integrated Youth Support Services. The Confederation represents the interests and advocates on behalf of the heads and senior managers responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of all elements of Integrated Youth Support Services (IYSS). Visit the website at: 

Connect Online

A free resource for everyone working with Muslim Youth. This is a new website which aims to bring together all those who work with Muslim young people and aims to be 'the one-stop shop for those working with Muslim youth'. The Connect Online website is an expansion of the highly successful quarterly newsletter Connect, which has developed into a resource providing news, a blog, articles, projects, videos, research and policy information, and many other resources for those working with Muslim youth. For more information please visit the website at:

Contact a Family

They are a UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children. It includes a directory of illnesses and medical conditions, information about benefits and an area for professionals.

Compact Voice

Compact Voice is the voice of the voluntary sector on the Compact - an agreement between the sector and the Government to ensure better working together. They provide training and resources, and represent the sector's concerns to the government. The website has news, resources, news and events sections.

CTN the Trustee Network

This is a site for trustees that enables trustees of voluntary and community organisations to network.  They also organise events to support trustees.  Membership is free and trustees will receive a free bi-monthly e-newsletter.  It does look useful.

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Department of Education

This is the website that replaced the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) website in May 2010. You will find information about
• Children's workforce
• Employers 
• School governors
• Local authorities
• Parents and carers
• Early years workforce
• Schools workforce
• Young people 
It also includes publications, consultations, finding an educational establishment and a link to the old DCSF website.

Directory for Social Change

This site has information and training for the voluntary sector as well as fund raising advice etc. 

Direct Gov

Public Services all in one place.  Has lots of information relating to young people including Health and relationships, funding, crime and learning. 

Disabled Living Foundation

Parents and carers of disabled children, healthcare professionals looking for ideas, advice and information about daily living equipment may find this site useful.  They do not sell products but can help you find the people that do.


Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The Disclosure and Barring Service  (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

We are responsible for:

  • processing requests for criminal records checks

  • deciding whether it is appropriate for a person to be placed on or removed from a barred list placing

  • or removing people from the DBS children's barred list and adults' barred list for England, Wales and Northern Ireland



DIVA is the development agency for voluntary arts in the Wakefield District. Their aim is to increase opportunities for both voluntary groups and individuals to take part in the arts.  They make their projects, events and services as widely available as possible, to groups that include bands, choirs, art groups, readers groups, theatre groups and film groups as well as resident groups, healthcare groups and general social welfare organisations who run art activities, sometimes providing their members with the first taste of getting involved in the arts.


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Early Years

The Family and Parenting Institute has launched a new Department of Children, Schools and Families funded website to support those working with families with young children.  They aim to engage parents in providing the best start to their children's learning.  Information and advice for parents and practitioners.


Electroville is a social firm that exists to help voluntary organisations achieve their objectives more effectively through the use of ICT.  You can find information about their services and also free access to learning resources, useful web links, and a Technology Toolkit.

Every Child Matters

This is an excellent website that gives lots of useful information for and about children and young people.  Visit the site to find about the common assessment framework, targeted youth support, information sharing, the voluntary and community sector, information sharing guidance, young people’s health issues and much more.


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Families in the Foundation Years

Here is a link to a new website which has been developed as part of the Early Years strategic partnership led by 4Children and also includes Children England. It offers parents in England a ‘one stop shop' for all the information they might need for pregnancy and the first 5 years of their child's life. For further information visit:

Family and Parenting Institute

The Family and Parenting Institute champions families. We draw on research and evidence to influence policy and offer practical solutions to make society more family friendly. They have areas on research, policies, resources and news/events. Visit the website at:

 The Family Commission

The Family Commission comes at a time when the world for families is full of opportunity but also challenge. With a growing recognition that family circumstances have a dramatic impact on the outcomes and life chances of children, this study is searching for solutions. Families deserve the best chance we can offer. Through The Family Commission, families will design their own solutions. Our challenge to policy makers is to respond.

Federation for Community Development and Learning

Here is a link to a website that may be useful FCDL is the UK wide membership networking organisation that supports community development through advancing and promoting good quality Community Development learning and practice at local, regional and national levels. FCDL works to provide a network to support the development, evaluation and dissemination of good quality Community Development learning, training and qualification opportunities.


Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI)

Everyday small charitable organisations support individuals, families and communities and positively touch the lives of millions. On a daily basis thousands of these organisations struggle to keep their doors open and reach everyone that needs their help. FSI aim to give small charities the strategic support they need to stay open and be there for everyone who needed their help. At the FSI we're all about supporting the small charities who work right across the UK to build happier, safer and more supportive communities. The launch of the FSI Community brings these charities closer together; an online community aimed at the staff, trustees and volunteers that make our sector tick. They run free courses in London and give a contribution for travel costs.

Foundation Years

This is a new website, developed as part of the Early Years strategic partnership led by 4Children and including Children England, offering parents in England an encyclopaedic ‘one stop shop' for all the information they might need for pregnancy and the first 5 years of their child's life. There is a huge range of information available to help both mums and dads in making choices and plans during pregnancy and beyond. Most parents look first to family and friends for information, and then to the professionals they trust, such as GPs, health visitors and voluntary organisations. Visit the website at: 

Free Play Network

The Free Play Network is a network of individuals and organisations, which aims to promote the need for better play opportunities for children.

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Government Funding

Search for funding for the VCS sector

Government's Transparency Website

The Government has announced a new ‘transparency' website. It is where you can check how every government department is performing in delivering on the priorities set out in the business plan. It is an interactive website which users can search by department and by month to check performance against the department's priorities. The website sets out a four-year business programme that gives milestones and a timetable for each department. You can visit the website at:



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Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Find information about health and safety in the workplace such as risk assessments, slips and trips, regulations etc. Order leaflets and publications relating to health and safety.


Here is a link to a help website. It includes sections on home, family and health which could be useful to your group, as well as sections on living style and hobbies. I have had a browse around the site and there looks to be useful information and links on the site, eg computer problems on the home page. You may like to pass the information on to parents you as the family page has information about teaching children about sexual intercourse and staying open minded about your child's sexuality. The health section has lots of useful information as well. Visit the website at: 

Hiddent Impairments National Group

The Hidden Impairments National Group have worked together to produce an exemplary product, which aims to positively influence the cultural environment within business communities. This toolkit will be made available to those organisations that demonstrate their commitment to the recruitment and retention of disabled people and in particular individuals with Hidden Impairments.  Visit the website at:

How to Fundraise

A free online resource which may be useful to charitable groups and organisations. 


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Info for Local

This website provides a one-stop information gateway for people working in local public services. It contains local government related information that is published on the websites of central government departments and agencies. You can use this portal to get quick and easy access to the information you need from central government departments, agencies and public bodies. Visit the website for more information:

Information sheets

Voluntary Arts England’s website has over 120 free information sheets on a variety of topics.  Although these are for voluntary arts groups, some could be useful to VCS groups.  You should check before using as they do point out that some information may be out of date.  Visit their website and go to the briefings section.


A social network that aims to connect people and organisations that want to change their world has been launched. Called ivo, the new platform provides simple to use social facilities for people to share their passions for change in their community with others who have similar interests. Members can get involved in community projects, network with professionals or find available help to support their cause.  

Inspiring Impact Website

Inspiring Impact is a new programme that aims to make high quality impact measurement the norm for the social sector by 2022. It will encourage the adoption of common outcomes, shared approaches to measurement and will develop appropriate impact measurement data and tools. Visit the website at:


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Joseph Rowntree Foundation

This is a prime site for research, especially around child poverty.


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Kids carries out direct with disabled children and young people and their parents and carers, as well as training and guidance for professionals working with disabled children and young people.  They also provide support for siblings of disabled children and young carers.

Kid's Zone

The Children's Society has launched a new website called The Kid's Zone. It is for young children and was developed and designed by a group of children aged between 10 and 14 years. It includes space for young people to upload artwork, photos and videos. Its ‘fun and games' section contains not just games but popular quizzes and polls. Providing opportunities for children and young people, or kids, to share opinions and ideas, the Children's Society says that it will be of great value to them in keeping abreast of what children and young people say are the important issues for them. 

Know How Nonprofit

This site can help you understand how the nonprofit, or VCS, sector works.  You can get some ideas and share tips and techniques.


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Make Space

Make Space is a campaign with a clear mission: to transform opportunities for young people aged 11-19 across England via a network of contemporary out of school centres that provide exciting places to go and things to do. They work with young people and youth workers, schools, local authorities and national organisations. By building on existing good practice and through lobbying, campaigning and development, Make Space seeks to revolutionise the youth offer in this country. Visit the website to find out more:


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National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)

NAVCA is the national voice of local third sector infrastructure in England. Their aim is to ensure communities are well served by the local third sector.  They hope to provide members with networking opportunities, specialist advice, support, policy information and training, creating a bridge between local groups and national government.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

NCVO aims to ensure that all organisations can access high quality advice, information and support.  They also have relevant information for small organisations as well as umbrella and infrastructure groups.

National Children’s Bureau

Founded in 1963, the National Children's Bureau (NCB) is a charitable organisation that acts as an umbrella body for organisations working with children and young people in England & Northern Ireland. Through working in partnership, sharing knowledge, resources and services we have created a powerful, authoritative and influential voice to improve the lives of children and young people. 

National Family Learning Network (NFLN)

The National Family Learning Network (NFLN) website is a one stop shop for practical resources and support for anyone involved in family learning. It is supported by the Big Lottery and has free downloadable resources, news updates, job vacancies, events and the latest funding opportunities. Registration is free and should take less than a minute. Visit the website at:

National Society for the Prevention of Cruely to Children (NSPCC)

The NSPCC lobbies key decision makers, responds to Government consultation documents and current public policy issues. They are committed to developing the skills and knowledge of those who provide services for children and young people, share experience and expertise with professionals and work closely with Government and local councils on the implementation of children's policy. They run the NSPCC helpline and Childline. Visit the website to find out more.

National Youth Agency

The National Youth Agency supports those involved in young people's personal and social development and works to enable all young people to fulfill their potential within a just society.  Visit the website to find information on young people’s health, justice and participation.  They have resources for working with children and young people, research, facts and statistics.

Netbuddy is an award-winning site for swapping practical tips and information on all aspects of supporting people with learning disabilities. There are lots of solutions to everyday issues for parents, carers, teachers and therapists that work with people with a learning disability. You can get tips on a variety of subjects such as health, behaviour, everyday stuff and clothing, you can join a forum and download information packs. There is also a page where you can give tips to others for the problems you have found a solution to. For more information visit:

New Philanthropy Capital

New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) carries out charity health checks, will analyse the effectiveness of organisations to provide chief executives, trustees or funders with an overview of the charity and its strengths and weaknesses and help to improve services and inform future development.


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Onespace for single parents

This is website for single parents giving advice, news and discussion forums as well as learning and online courses. Visit the website at:

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Participation Works

Participation Works is a consortium of six national children and young people's agencies that enables organisations to effectively involve children and young people in the development, delivery and evaluation of services that affect their lives.  An online gateway for children and young people's participation, it includes a useful resource section.

Pay and Employment Rights Service (PERS)

The Pay and Employment Rights Service promote good practice in employment and support and train employers across Yorkshire in meeting their legal and ethical responsibilities, advise employees who have questions or problems about their employment, and work to improve employment policies and procedures.  These include information, advice, training, consultancy and research. Find out more at:

Play England

Play England hopes to give all children and young people regular access to free, inclusive play provision and space.  They hope to promote local play strategies and build partnerships for play.  The offer resources and information, training and seminars, networking and referrals, advocacy and training support.  They have regional areas on their website.  To find out more:


Plings is a national programme that standardises how councils gather and share information about activities for children and young people. It is a discovery engine to help you find out information and things to do for young people. You can browse by keyword, postcode and date to find out what is going on. It is really easy for young people to share details with friends and other young people via Facebook, digital TV, mobile phones and websites. The key to Plings success will be the engagement of the voluntary and community sector, so visit the website, tell young people about it and use it:

Princes Trust

The Princes Trust aims to change young lives and run programmes that encourage young people to take responsibility for themselves.  This includes business programmes, development courses, intensive training as well as offering cash awards and grants.


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Ready for ten 

This website is useful for parents with 6-9 year olds. It is a parent powered website for mums and dads of 6-9 year olds. It looks at issues such as how much help should you give your children with homework, cooking with kids and playgrounds.


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Safe Network

This website is about keeping children safe when taking part in activities – from after school art clubs to weekend reading groups and more – outside the home. So if you’re wondering whether your child or group is safe, read on.


Skill is a National Bureau for Students with Disabilities - a national charity promoting opportunities for young people and adults with any kind of impairment in post-16 education, training and employment.  It includes a guide for disabled students interested in entering higher education.

Skills Third Sector

This looks like a useful website for Third Sector organisations.  There is information about apprenticeships, workforce learning, developing skills, coaching and mentoring and much more.  There are also useful links to other websites and documents to download.

Small Charities Coalition

The Small Charities Coalition exists to help small charities access the skills, experience and resources they need to achieve their aims. They are like a free voluntary sector matchmaking service, enabling small charities to help each other to achieve their aims and objectives by exchanging the skills and resources they have, with the ones they don't. Why not use the fundraising skills you have to help a fellow small charity and in turn you could benefit from the wealth of experience available within the sector.  Visit the website to find out more 

Strengthening Families

The Strengthening Families programme is for families with young people aged between 10 and 14 years of age to help prepare them for their teenage years. It is a 7 week evidence-based programme aimed at reducing alcohol and drug use, behavioural problems in adolescence and strengthening the parent/carer child relationship. The family remains the single greatest influence in most young people's lives. We all want to protect our children, raise them well, give them the best education and all our skills. We all know that bringing up a child is one of the toughest and at same time one of the most rewarding challenges in our lives. Visit the website at:



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Third Sector Knowledge Portal

The Third Sector Knowledge Portal is a "one-stop knowledge resource" containing evidence and links to others' evidence on a range of subjects relevant to the sector. These include academic research, reports from charities themselves, government publications and training materials. Material will be freely downloadable if in electronic format and provided access is not restricted by the publisher Visit the website at:


Tri.x provide, up to date information for the social care sector. Over 500,000 social care and safeguarding professionals, volunteers, carers and wider stakeholders have daily access to a wide variety of web-enabled information, guidance, policies and briefings created and published by Tri.x. You can register for their free monthly Policy Briefings & Practice Guides, or visit the website to see their resources section. Visit the website at:

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UK Youth

UK Youth is the network for quality work with young people.  They focus on the personal and social development of young people.  They offer training (nationwide) to run programmes for achievement awards for young people.  Check out their website at:


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Information for voluntary and community organisations

Volunteering England

Volunteering England is an independent charity and membership organisation, committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. Our work links policy, research, innovation, good practice and programme management in the involvement of volunteers. Visit the website at: 

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Wakefield District Community Online

This website gives users the opportunity to search for details of the services available in Wakefield.  If you do not have a website you will be able to create one here at no cost. The website also gives news and information about what is happening across the Wakefield District, and you can add your own news item.

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

You can find some local information on the local authority web site.

Wakefield Play Forum

At Wakefield Play Forum they work to develop play opportunities for children and young people in settings where children can play and learn.  They can help your group develop high quality play opportunities in their local areas. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in providing services for children’s play within the district.  Visit their website to find out more:


WellChild is the national charity for sick children. Wellchild helps sick children and their families throughout the UK to manage the consequences of serious illness and complex health conditions through our programme of care, support and research. WellChild's Helping Hands is a unique scheme offering practical support to sick children and their families through one off home improvement projects, such as a garden or bedroom makeover. When you're caring for a sick child, re-decorating a room or adapting a garden can seem like climbing a mountain - there just aren't enough hours in the day. With the generous help of volunteer teams from company's situated local to our families, we are able to make a dramatic and lasting impact to the daily lives of sick children around the UK. If you are a family with a child who you think could benefit from a Helping Hands project then please contact our Helping Hands team on 0845 458 8171 or email Alternatively download and complete form below available on the website at:  

West Yorkshire Accounting Service (WYCAS)

WYCAS is a small charitable company operating mainly though not exclusively in West Yorkshire. Their aim is to develop the ability of voluntary and community sector organisations with charitable aims to manage their money more efficiently and effectively.  They can provide help with financial planning, budgeting and book-keeping.  They offer a variety of training courses including one-to-one training as well as some very useful guides.  Find out more about the services they offer or about financial management in voluntary and community organisations on this web site.


WF-I-Can is the online resource for children and young people in Wakefield.
This is a great opportunity for local organisations to submit information to this area about their offer for young people, events and even blogs/ pieces from young people you're working with!

*Changing Our Direction is the project run to support families, whose young people present with self-harm behaviours. Young People will meet with one of our mentors to explore what matters to them. To make a referral, please complete the form: 


WFYouth is the Local Authority's website for young people aged 11-19 (up to 25 for young people with additional needs) living in the Wakefield District.  On the website you can find out about:

  • The latest events and activities happening in your area
  • Up-to-date news
  • Issues that may affect you - bullying, smoking, what's next after school
  • Youth organisations near you

They work with voluntary and community organisations to offer a variety of positive activities.  The website provides a one-stop-shop to bring all that information to bring all that information and support together.  If you are a local group that offers these activities you can also contact us to let us know what is happening and this can be shared on the website. 

What's your destination?

This is a new website to help tackle youth unemployment, which will link to charities providing offering volunteering opportunities. They want other organisations to get involved and there will be an area for young people. The full website will be launched later in the Summer. Visit the website for more information:

Working For A Charity

Working For A Charity exists to promote the voluntary sector as a positive career option for those seeking paid employment in the sector and to promote the opportunities and benefits of becoming a volunteer to people who wish to do unpaid work.  There is plenty of information about working for a charity, they offer on line training, and a skills profile tool.


WorkigWithKids was formed to offer a unique reference point on working with children as a career or in voluntary work. On the site you will find information about potential child-focused roles, the legal requirements and the qualifications you need to work with children. There are features and articles are written by experts - who have experience, or a particular interest, and information about policies and a variety of different jobs and roles.  There are also downloadable puzzles for children.  Visit the website at:

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YoungMinds is a charity committed to improving the emotional well being and mental health of children and young people.

Youth in Action

The European Union has set up the Youth in Action programme for young people.  The aim is to inspire a sense of European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans and involve them in shaping the Union’s future.  The programme promotes mobility with and beyond the borders, encourages learning, intercultural dialogue and the inclusion of all young people regardless of educational, cultural and social backgrounds.  Full details can be downloaded from the website at:

Youth Work Unit

The Youth Work Unit is the strategic youth work development agency for Yorkshire and Humberside.  It is the focal point of all youth work in the region and brings together the dual functions of support and development.  They can help groups with strategic planning and development, research, help with quality standards etc.  Visit their website to find out more.


Z - Links beginning with Letter Z




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