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The Youth Association (TYA)

Community Ambassador Programme
Eastmore, Wakefield (West Yorkshire)
Funded by #iwill

The Youth Association has decades of experience delivering social action projects.

Most recently, working in partnership with Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group, TYA has delivered CAPs programmes in Leeds, Bradford and Barnsley with young people running their own projects, forming their own constituted groups and working with adults to solve local priorities (see youth-association.org).

Eastmoor CAP was piloted in spring 2018 with great success. A programme was developed by a group of newly-arrived young people, who wanted to build better relationships with the local police. The group planned and hosted a football competition, playing against the police and another local group from a different ethnic/cultural background. It proved a great way of building bridges between a disengaged group and the local police.

Now, TYA is back in Eastmoor (Wakefield) and their youth workers Nadine, Saleem, Aimee, and AJ are heading up the new-and-improved Community Ambassadors Programme (CAP) – a scheme that brings social action and sports coaching to street level. The project has received fantastic backing from the #iWill campaign and the Housing Association Youth Network, HAYN. In addition to this, Wakefield District Housing, Yorkshire Sport Foundation and Leeds Community Foundation have contributed supplementary funding.

Eastmoor CAP aims to establish a growing culture of participation, influence and volunteerism among young people. It takes two community issues – inactivity and street-gathering – and combines them to form an innovative response. Youth workers will engage young people on their local streets and parks and offer opportunities to access exciting projects and activities, including sports, social action and spaces to mix with others.

The Youth Association case study
The Youth Association case study

Above: Young people’s consultation, held in Eastmoor on 13th December, which identified a multitude of social action priorities and sporting ideas.

The Youth Association case study

Above: Youth workers engaging young people at street level.

We invited all our friends and asked them to bring their ideas and voices to the consultation. It’s good that they came and we will start something big in January.

Charmaine, aspiring Community Ambasador

Young people in Eastmoor have really made an effort. They’ve engaged with youth workers and have helped them to start thinking about how to drive the CAP forward.

Nadine Handley, Senior Youth Worker

The Youth Association has decades of experience delivering social action projects and has delivered CAPs programmes in Leeds, Bradford and Barnsley.