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What we do?
bayc works to create opportunities for change in the lives of young people and the communities they live in.
We work directly with young people, and in partnership with youth workers, youth groups, VCS and Public Sector organisations to advocate youth work as a basis for effective engagement with young people
We have up to 200 affiliated youth groups and work in Birmingham, the Black Country and surrounding areas.
We work to engage with young people as equal partners through our 4 main service delivery areas:
Working with Young Women
bayc is the accountable body for G:up, which is a 3 year Lottery Funded project.
Growing Up in the West Midlands
G:up is an alliance of West Midlands, children and young people's, voluntary and community sector organisations and networks as well as public sector and national partners.
G:up works in a regional space to develop networks, communications and collaboration, build capacity and shape policy and strategy.
G:up's vision is to develop the West Midlands as a region that respects and acts upon the needs, interests and aspirations of all children and young people, and the voluntary and community organisations that work with them.
1. Youth Involvement
What is the Youth Involvement Team about?
Have been developing different ways to support young people in getting involved with decision-making processes. This includes creating and supporting a range of opportunities with young people.
The overall aim of this project was to test how the action research process could be used as a way to support young people's engagement in local decision-making processes. Exploring how different approaches can be effective in a range of settings and communities.
The action research approach started with young people, research with and by young people amongst their peer groups. Young people are supported to identify and prioritise research topics and themes from within their own communities.
This was a project led by young volunteers who were focussing on making volunteering opportunities more accessible, including helping organisations to be more inclusive. The young volunteers have come up with their own slogan
'Just Ask! working for the future'
2. Youth Arts
The focus is on Youth Arts involving current and future Arts Projects, linking to more sustainable and positive involvement with youth workers, groups and young people at all levels, from support for local groups with their own Youth Arts activity to involvement with large scale bayc projects such as the Forum Theatre Project or International Youth Exchange 2005. We support and avocate for the use of Youth Arts (particularly drama ans storytelling) as a positive and workable, practical tool for quality youthwork to take place.Training for artists and youthworkers in the practical and theory and methodoloy of developing, planning,delivering and evaluating for arts projects is available.
Download the Youth Art Brochure [347k .pdf]
Download the Youth Art Posters [183k .pdf]
Qualified youth worker and artist who is responsible for youth arts development, projects, advocacy and opportunities for young people and youth workers, in the Arts. Youth Arts provides youth groups/organisations with direct input in the field of Arts. An understanding of the communication system of Arts and opportunities and how it can be used to increase self expression and understanding of others which greatly increases becoming happy and involved human beings. As a trainer she has delivered training in the following areas:
- Youth organisation – understanding youth arts
- Youth workers – understanding youth arts
- Young people and violence using arts as a tool for mediation
- Safe surroundings
- Drama and confidence building
- Using youth arts as a tool for quality youth work
- Telling Stories – Drama as a youth work tool
- Bespoke training and curriculum planning with youth groups and organisations
- Forum Theatre – political drama as a youth work tool
Simone Chester -Youth Arts Development Officer
3. Work with Young Women
Book Launch - The Ultimate Separatist Cage?
Youth Work with Muslim Young Women
By Dr. Gill Cressey
The book is commissioned by The National Youth Agency and was given its launch on Sunday 13th January 2008 in Bolton, Lancs. Gill Cressey says in the book:
"My intention in bringing this book together is to introduce a range of reasons why youth work organisations engage in women-only work, particularly with Muslim Young Women...my aim is to provide examples of good practice and to draw lessons from the accounts of the youth workers and young women about what works and what can make youth work accessible and effective in the lives of a variety of Muslim young Women"
(Cressey, G 2007:3)
So that explains how and why the book was written. Juice (bayc's former Young Women's Development Officer) was asked by Dr. Cressey to write a section for this book, along with her colleague, Simbi Folarin (Ladywood Girl Work Forum), whom Juice had forged many partnerships to enable working with young women to occur. Juice commented:
"After many years of working with Muslim young women it was a privilege to have been asked to write for this book. Our joint effort looks at how we have worked with Muslim Young Women in mixed settings i.e. with other young women from different backgrounds and religious beliefs, and highlights the reasons for the need to continue single sex youth work. It is good that opportunities like this come about and that many practitioners will be able to read for themselves and gain valuable insight."
The launch was at Bolton Lads and Girls Club and they too were asked to write a section for the book. Sunday is the day in which the club is opened solely for young women and the purpose of this enables young Muslim Women to engage in the youth provisions that the club provides. Bolton Lads and Girls Club is a purpose built facility that incorporates Health & Fitness, Creative Arts and Healthy Living and Lifestyle Choices for young women and boasts over 180 members.
The Ultimate Separatist Cage? (ISBN 975 0 86155 339 6) is available from the National Youth Agency, Eastgate House, 19-23 Humberstone Road, Leicester LE5 3GJ, priced at £9.50
Tel: 0116 242 7350 Fax: 0116 242 7444
Why work with Young Women?
- Creating space for young women.
- Awareness of self with different gender- from male worker perspective
- Not enough youth provision for young women
- Giving young women space to speak - a voice
- Enables issue base work with young women's differences- sexual heath/self esteem etc.
- Need for isolation to enable integration
- To continue the work with young women
- To keep young women politically and socially aware
- Because workers enjoy the challenges - especially more challenging now
- To have a positive impact on young women
- Enabling listening and advice giving
- Frustration/anger re. equality of access to provision
- Knowledge Base- Language of work with young women
- Enthusiasm for work with young women-motivation
- Sustainability and consistency
4. Support Services
bayc, through Support Services, provides information and advice, telephone support, visits, training, small grants, a residential centre, access to inter-group activities and events for youth groups in the West Midlands...
Providing practical support to affiliates, associates and partner organisations, including:
- Direct support to workers
- Black Country Support
- New training initiatives
- Servicing committees and working groups
- Dealing with requests for information and advice
- Developing and supporting DfES project work
- Instigating the Quality Standards package
- Competitions and events
- Subsidies for residential work
- On-line newsletter
- Monthly mail shot
- General Helpdesk
- Bursary assistance
- Support to statutory providers
- General telephone, website and postal support
- Personal visits
- Access to grants from The Variety Club of Great Britain
- Discounts from commercial providers
- Residential opportunities... Residentials under sail
- bayc's Studio Barn residential centre
- Programme support
- Criminal records checks
- Central Youth Groups
- Special projects
- Insurance Packages
- Maintenance of bayc's Studio Barn Residential Centre
- Conference/Training facilities
- Linking with other youth work agencies
- Training packages
- Criminal Records Bureau
- Organisation infrastructure
Are you into paintball? bayc has negotiated a number of Charity Participation passes for Delta Force Paintball Centres.
The charity passes normally sell at £59.99 with each pass entitling 10 (yes TEN) people to participate in a full day of paintball action at any one of the 35 paintball centres nationwide. The normal price for 10 people is £99.99 so the Pass saves you £49.99
Included in the deal is a full day pf paintball action, all equipment hire, latest semi-automatic machine gun, public liability insurance. Paintballs are not included and must be purchased separately.
Now here's the really good news: bayc, in support of its work at the Studio Barn, is selling the passes for just £50 per pass, giving you a full saving of almost £50 on your paintballing day. Remember-one charity pass admits 10 for a fabulous paintballing day.
There are a limited number of passes for this initial offer so purchase yours now!!
£10,000 available for young people aged 16-25 in 8 cities across the UK
Do you work with young people in Birmingham?
Do they have an idea that would make a real difference in your community?
Do they know what it will take to make a positive change for people around them?
If so here is a fantastic opportunity for them!
During 2011, UK Youth, together with Starbucks, will be rolling out a program called 'Youth Action' in major cities across the UK and Ireland. The program will offer young people, who have ideas of how to improve their communities, the opportunity to access up to £10,000 seed funding and volunteer time from local Starbucks partners (employees) to help realise their ambitions.
UK Youth will be supporting the program by offering skills training and advice to young people, and both Starbucks and UK Youth hope that 'Youth Action' will inspire future community leaders to continue to make a difference.
Young people who submit a grant application form will need to attend a Community Change training day which will be run by UK Youth and will give them the skills and knowledge to complete the second stage application form.
Apply on line now at http://www.guardian.co.uk
W A Cadbury Charitable Trust: No deadlines, apply anytime for monthly grants size of grant available: Small grants up to £2,000
Aims and outcomes of funder: Will fund various projects such as those helping vulnerable people or providing education, training, advice, mediation and counselling
Additional information: In addition will consider support for environment/conservation, health/medical and arts projects/activities
Contact details: Telephone 0121 472 1464
Funding is available from CHK Charities Limited
You can apply anytime, there are no deadlines.
There are no maximum amounts, however, large grants start at £25,000 and can only be applied for once a relationship has been built with the funder.
The funder has a wide variety of programme areas detailed on the website. They also run 2 grant programmes “ oneoff ” and “conditionally renewable”.
Only registered charities can apply for funding. There is a preference for organisations based in the West Midlands
Telephone: 020 3207 7338
Web Site: www.chkcharities.co.uk
The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund is currently inviting applications from charity organisations to support projects that support carers, community arts and education, disability, older people, poverty, integration and rehabilitation.
Grants are normally in the range of £1,000 and £10,000.
Preference will be given to smaller charities; charities which serve a locality or region of the UK, rather than national charities; and causes which find it more difficult to raise funds from the general public.
The next application deadline is the 12th August 2011.
For more information please visit the website: The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund
bayc helping youth groups gain grants
The number of bayc youth groups who have had successful applications for grants towards equipment continues to grow. The £341.36 towards the sporting equipment they need.
To date, bayc youth groups have shared grants to the tune of £6,426.94 in this financial year.
If you need equipment to help you in your work simply contact bayc online or by phone: 0121 460 5870 and request an application form.
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