Network of Regional Youth Work Units England blog

A Network of Regional Youth Work Units, in England, collaborating across regions to promote good youth work and young people’s voices.

LSW Partnership – building capacity through Big Assist

big-assist-logoBig Assist is a programme for infrastructure organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector; delivered under contract to the Big Lottery Fund by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

The programme works to support infrastructure organisations based in England, to be more efficient, effective, sustainable and better able to adapt to the current and future operating environment. For more information on the BIG Assist programme visit the BIG Assist website.

The LSW Partnership has been approved as a Big Assist provider and will enable voluntary sector infrastructure organisations to develop their organisational capacity and support the youth sector. The partnership members provide a great mix of local knowledge, understanding of the policy environment and expertise in helping organisations develop and transform to meet the needs of a changing and challenging context for the voluntary sector. You can find us in the BIG Assist ‘marketplace’.

Partnership members

The Network of Regional Youth Work Units are well-established ‘regional hubs’ in the infrastructure for work with young people across the voluntary, public and social enterprise:

  • The Regional Youth Work Unit at Learning South West
  • North West Regional Youth Work Unit
  • North East Regional Youth Work Unit
  • Youth Work Unit Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Youth Focus West Midlands
  • Partnership for Young London


  •  FPM Training – has an impressive track record in organisational development, project management and innovation and leadership development programmes for the public and voluntary sector
  • Confederation of Heads of Young People’s Services – represents the interests and advocates on behalf of all those who deliver, manage and commission young people’s services, youth work

Our combination of local contacts and knowledge of voluntary sector infrastructure across England, hands on experience of work in the voluntary sector and leading edge organisational and leadership development enables us to provide high quality, relevant, tailored support to the voluntary sector in these times of change. We offer a range of support and development to voluntary infrastructure organisations, including:

– Strategic planning

– Organisational change

– Sustainable financial models

– Innovative practice

– Facilitating collaborative partnerships

– Governance

– Workforce development

– Understanding commissioning

– Leadership & management development

– Consultancy

– Research

– Advice

– 360 appraisal

– Coaching and support

– Community  audits and evaluation

– Development work with charitable funders

– Good practice toolkits

– Training

– Conferences

– Organisational development

These can be funded through the Big Assist Voucher Scheme – the next Big Assist deadline to apply for vouchers is 15 February 2013.

To access Big Assist vouchers, visit the website.

For more information on what support the LSW Partnership can offer please contact –  or call 01823 365441.



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