Welcome to the website of the Community, Youth and Playworkers in Unite! Formerly the Community and Youth Workers’ Union (CYWU) and now part of Unite the union, the biggest trade union in Europe. As part of the Community, Youth Workers and Not for Profit Sector, our members are either working or training to work with children, young people and communities in statutory or voluntary settings. This website offers access to information for both members and non members and if there is anything you would like to see here please contact us.
CYWU News Bulletins
We want to make sure that Branch Rapport is a monthly bulletin that hits your email boxes with information that is of interest and touches on subjects that concern you in your working life as a community, youth or playworker. Please let us know if there are any issues or stories we should highlight.
Your March newsletter is available here.
Your April newsletter is available here.
JNC Circular 205
The new JNC Circular is available here - Joint Education Services Circular No 205, Pay Agreement 2016 and 2017
JNC Pay offer for 2016-2018 accepted by unions
Notification has now been sent to the Employer’s Side to formally declare that NUT, UCU, Unison and Unite have accepted the offer. Work will now begin for a new circular to be issued and will be available here once released.
The Employers’ offer has not matched the aspirations we set down in the pay claim in May, where Staff Side asked for an uplift of £1000 per spine point. The Employer’s offer is 1% in 2016 and 2017 (in line with the Government’s public sector pay policy) spine point 1 has been abolished and the remaining pay spine points up until spine point 5 receive uplifts in excess of 1% in 2016 and 2017. This is a 2 year deal which in effect takes us to September 2018.
News from Around the Branches
Please let us know what is happening in your local authority or organisation. We know that many members and branches are facing huge threats to youth and play services across the nations. Please let us know what is happening in your area so that we can keep an overall view of the cuts and of the fight that is needed.
Help us keep in touch by letting us have your email address or any membership amendments by sending an email message using this link.
For contact details of your local branch please contact your local Unite Office the details can be obtained from the Unite website, www.unitetheunion.org
Other News and Information
Cuts to playwork services
The preliminary findings from the survey looking at the impact of cuts has been analysed and a report on this can be found here.
Choose Youth Manifesto
Our Vision for A New Youth Service has been published by Choose Youth and full details are available on their website.
Become a fan of Choose Youth on Facebook
Join the Choose Youth community by liking the page. The page will be used to keep you up to date with all the latest news from the Chooseyouth campaign as well as other campaigns and developments. You can add photos and postings of your own and contribute to the discussion in the forums. To get started, just click "Like" on the top of the page and their postings will appear in your newsfeed.
Valuing Youth Work
Valuing Youth Work contains case studies of local authority-funded projects in Birmingham, Devon, Hartlepool, Hounslow, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Rotherham and the Wirral. Each example shows how organisations and councils can work together to provide services covering health, citizenship, participation, and training and education, and the positive impacts such work has on young people.
The Benefits of Youth Work written In conjunction with LLUK and Unite and researched by staff at the National Youth Agency is slightly dated now but still widely used and sets out in simple terms the reasons why our work is important, why it is cost effective and how it makes a real difference to young people`s lives.
Unite the Union website
Visit the Unite the Union website and see what Europe’s biggest union is doing to support it’s members. The website has a dedicated section for the Community, Youth Workers and Not for Profit Industrial Sector and direct links to this website.
Trade Union News