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Regional Youth Work Unit

Regional Youth Work Unit

The Regional Youth Work Unit (RYWU) is recognised as a strategic youth work development agency in the South West region. It supports, develops and advocates for youth work and young people, acting as a representative voice of both the voluntary and Local Authority (LA) youth work sectors across the region.

The RYWU is a focal point for those in the youth work sector, facilitating the sharing of information and practice, supporting workers, managers and young people and developing new areas of provision. We are uniquely positioned to support the voice and influence of young people in policy and decision making in the region, through our work with UK Youth Parliament.  This is also the home of VYON-SW (Voluntary Youth Organisations Network - South West); one of our objectives is to highlight the excellent youth work taking place around the regions through our Youth Work Works Publications.

From left to right: Gill Millar, Regional Youth Work Adviser, Jane Shipton,
 Administrator, Hayley Lazarus, Administrator, Sharon Adams,
 Regional Youth Democracy Worker, Fiona Phur,
 Voluntary Youth Sector Development Worker 



The RYWU is an integral part of Learning South West, accountable to Learning South West’s Board of Directors. A Youth Work Monitoring Group with representatives from Local Authority and voluntary youth services oversees the delivery of the Annual Work Programme.