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The news of the upcoming covid-19 guidance has brought welcome clarity for youth organisations, young people and their families. If you want to find out more about the implications of the new roadmap for the youth sector join the
National Youth Agency webinar on Monday at 1pm on YouTube. Alternatively if you'd like to learn more about Back to School in Westminster from March 8th, please visit Westminster City Council's dedicated new webpage.

Following a year of research, Young Westminster are preparing to launch our new peer researched needs analysis - Our City, Our Future.
Sign up now to join our online launch event on Thursday 25th March as we share insight and discuss the recommendations.

Finally, this week I met with Gateway Academy, it was lovely to hear the feedback from our Digital Futures project. The school has received over 100 laptops and every child is now connected to home learning online. The teachers are really happy to be able to ‘see’ the pupils.

It feels like spring is just around the corner in Westminster, especially on a bright sunny day such as this. We hope that you and your teams are staying well and we look forward to working together as we move along the roadmap out of lockdown.

Best wishes


Partnership for Young London: We Are the Youth of Today - Life in London for Generation Z

Lords vulnerable children enquiry call for evidence - Contribute now 

Just Like Us - Impact of covid-19 on LGBT+ young people

Jack Petchey Foundation - Youth Voice School Catch up Survey

Change4Life Wellbeing Grants of up to £1k - click here

Amplify London Grants to support organisations that offer music and/or music technology activity in London for young people aged 11-21 - click here

The Women Thrive Fund - click here

Heart of the Community Fund - click here

Holiday Activity Fund
As you will probably be aware the government recently announced that the holiday activities and food programme will be expanded across the whole of England in 2021. Funding is available locally to coordinate a programme of free holiday provision for 4 weeks in the summer and one week in each of the Easter and Christmas holidays. This provision is for disadvantaged children who receive benefits-related free school meals (FSM).

In Westminster we envisage that the Easter offer will primarily be the provision of “take and make” boxes through schools. There is likely to be a small amount of funding remaining for additional face to face and online provision that meets the requirements of the HAF programme – please note this will include provision of nutritious food, nutrition education, physical activity, enriching activity and ensuring robust policies and procedures are in place. The funding can only be used to fund places for FSM eligible CYP but it can be used in conjunction with other funding to run a more inclusive programme. If you are running a programme at Easter that meets the needs of the HAF programme, or can be adapted to do so, please contact or for more details.


Our City, Our Future: Young Westminster 2020 Needs Analysis Launch 
Thursday 25th March 11:00 - 12:00 on Zoom

YWF has spent the past year working with Rocket Science, King’s College London, Partnership for Young London and our wider community to explore what it's like to grow up in Westminster in 2020. Join us as we launch this peer research, share insight and discuss recommendations around:

  • The impact of Covid-19
  • Life plans
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Community & spaces
  • Youth voice & action
Click here to RSVP

Back to School in Westminster
In line with the roadmap announced by the government earlier this week, all pupils are expected to return to their schools for full-time education from Monday 8 March. Safety is of utmost priority as face-to-face teaching resumes for everyone, and existing COVID-19 measures have been strengthened to keep children and staff safe. These include:

- ‘Bubble systems’ remaining in place.
- The School Streets programme, temporary pedestrian and cycle zones located outside school entrances, which will resume from Monday 8 March.
- Enhanced cleaning, particularly in areas used by different groups and on frequently touched surfaces.
- Face coverings for staff and students in secondary schools and colleges in all areas where social distancing cannot be maintained.
- Two rapid symptom-free tests will be offered to secondary school and college students each week to use at home.

Find out more about the measures in place by visiting Westminster City Council's website, or by contacting a Westminster school directly.

Youth Peer Research Vacancy @ with the Young Foundation
Kickstart research officer/senior researcher (dependent on experience),
12 month contract £28-£35k
Click here to find out more 

Westminster Young Photographer of the Year
The first ‘Westminster Young Photographer of the Year’ welcomes submissions from two groups, aged 11-15 and 16-25.  ‘Lockdown: Westminster’s taking a positive view’ a partnership between Positive View Foundation, Young Westminster Foundation and Westminster’s City Lions.Entrants must be living in Westminster and have an award-winning creative idea for five original photographs that really sum up what life’s like for you during these crazy Covid-19 times. For more information please go to or email

Apply for a newly refurbished bike
Westminster Wheels is refurbishing unwanted, abandoned or just donated bikes into new shiny, perfect functioning ones. Community organisations can apply for a newly refurbished bike on behalf of children and young people, low-income families/individuals & underrepresented groups in cycling such as women, people with disabilities and people from BAME backgrounds.

Click here to find out more.

National Youth Agency Webinar - Covid-19 Roadmap
Monday 1 March @1pm

The National Youth Agency will brief the youth sector on full details of the new guidance.  Don’t worry if you can’t make 1pm on Monday, the full recording will be available on youtube to watch whenever suits you, by clicking on the link below.

NYA COVID Guidance Webinar - Monday 1st March - YouTube

How to understand and respond to self-harm training webinar

Would you like to know more about the risk factors behind self-harm, the challenges facing those who self-harm and what you can do to support them? The Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea Suicide Prevention Partnership is holding an online event to raise awareness and understanding around self-harm.

Join the event on Tuesday 16th March, 10am-12pm. Sign up via Eventbrite.

Training bursaries for youth workers
Harrow Club is working with Partnership for Young London to offer 39 subsidised level 2 certificates in Youth Work Practice, shared across 3 Training Providers, for all London Boroughs.  
For further information contact
Paid opportunities for young people 16-25
Peer Power are recruiting a new cohort of young people to participate in exciting new projects focused on their experiences of health and justice services. These are paid roles and there is an extensive training programme to ensure participants continuing growth and development as well as holistic, trauma-responsive wellbeing support. 

Click here to find out more
Online Grooming & Exploitation Training
The Prevent Team and Integrated Gangs & Exploitation Unit have partnered up to deliver a 1,5-hour session for parents and carers on online grooming and exploitation. The session aims to raise awareness of the different forms and effects of online grooming and exploitation on children and young people and to equip parents and carers to prevent it, intervene early and respond appropriately.

Click here to RSVP
Do you struggle to stand out and reach the people who really need your help?
Will Saunders is the founder of the social enterprise design agency Good Will Studios, and he's offering a free one-to-one consultation to all members of the Young Westminster community. Using his 15 years of creative design and brand storytelling experience, Will is here to help you overcome some of the big challenges that can get in the way of you making the maximum positive impact on the young people who need your services the most.
Partnership Opportunity with Let Me Know
Good relationships shape our health and happiness, yet we are taught so little about them. LMK is an education charity on a mission to change that. It runs free workshops educating young people about healthy and unhealthy behaviours so that they can avoid abuse and thrive in their relationships. LMK is looking for partner organisations in Westminster, currently working with 16-18year olds, who might like to host a workshop with their teenagers.  Free to attend and they can offer incentives.  You can find out more at or email to book a place

Following your feedback in our annual member's survey that you would like more information about other YWF members, we're introducing this 'member of a month' profile. We'll also introduce any new members who  have recently joined our network. If you have any problems viewing the images below please get in touch with and we can help!

Papatango Theatre Company
Papatango are offering FREE online playwriting programmes for Westminster schools & youth organisations.

Run by award-winning playwrights with a passion for sharing their experience and knowledge with young people, this exciting workshop series for Key Stages 3 and 4 students provides an exciting introduction to both playwriting and professional theatre-making.

Using a variety of writing and devising techniques, participants can get thinking and working creatively with their words published in texts and performed on screen by professional actors.

For more info, contact

Following your feedback in our annual member's survey that you would like support in accessing ward data, we will use this section of our newsletter to shine a light on Westminster's ward profiles. We can also help broker advice from Westminster City Council Evaluation Team, please contact to access this.

Each month we'll feature a new ward. This month it's Vincent Square, close to YWF Members in the south of the borough including St Andrew's Youth Club.

Ward profiles have been produced to provide an overview of the latest information across a range of different subject areas. The latest update for the ward profiles in 2018 is based on recent data from Westminster services, partner and external data sources, the 2017 City Survey, as well as the 2011 Census to offer a rounded view of local communities. You can access all ward information
We'd love to hear from you if you have any ideas of how we can support your organisation at this time.

If you have questions on any of the above or would like to to talk through how YWF can support you, please email
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