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Welcome to the Cumbria Youth Alliance (CYA) news round-up

n this issue... Stars of the Week Outcomes Star Training Stepladder of Achievement CYA Project Worker Vacancy CYA Training in 2018 FREE Fundraising Events - Meet the Funders Member News

Welcome to our April Newsletter

Every week CYA is going to give recognition to young people who have worked hard and shown commitment and enthusiasm alongside the support they have been given from CYA support staff to achieve their goals and ambitions. This week we would like to draw attention to the achievements of 2 young people; Connor Farrington & Brittany Nixon. Connor is 19 and from Maryport. He has worked closely with Karen and Gary through CYA’s First Steps to Employment Programme and was over the moon to hear this week that got his dream job with The Rural Payments Agency. He will be putting his skills and good manners to good use working for The Agency in a customer service & business administration role.

“I just wanted to say thank you to CYA. CYA helped me get a job and have continually helped me, I have been given great advice and information. "CYA guided me to the right projects that would benefit me and help me get into a job and anything else I needed. They removed all of my barriers from starting work and helped me keep motivated while looking for work. CYA understands what it’s like not to be in work and does everything they can to support you into training and work”. Conner has taken every opportunity to develop his skills and I’m sure will be a real asset to his new employer, well deserved Connor!


Brittany is 19, from Seaton. She joined CYA on The BBO Choices programme. She progressed on to our First Steps to Employment Programme. With support Brittany undertook a work placement with The Citizens Advice Bureau due to an aspiration to work in an administrative role in the care sector. CAB has been so impressed with Brittany’s ability and attitude they have created an apprenticeship which will enable Brittany to work towards her NVQ Level 2. We have no doubts that Brittany will shine in this new role and go from strength to strength!

“I’ve been given a great opportunity that I never thought was going to happen all because of help and support of CYA staff and I’m so excited to work with CAB”.

Well done from all of us at CYA!!

Cath Clarke, April 2018 Member of the Institute of Fundraising


Outcomes Star

Proving your worth to funders and service users?? Thanks to support from Cumbria County Council - Cumbria Youth Alliance is now rolling out the opportunity for your staff to become licensed practitioners in Outcomes Star.

Photos of youth work organisations learning how to use Outcomes Star at training held in Workington delivered by Cumbria Youth Alliance.


FREE Outcomes Star Training

Ever wanted to more accurately report on outcomes achieved for your young people?

Understand more about the journey of change and how it links to effective action planning?

Wanted something that would demonstrate the impact of your work?

Outcomes Star is the recommended framework for Big Lottery Grant holders Increasingly funders are expecting you to demonstrate consistently the outcomes and impacts of your work.

If you receive grants from Cumbria County Council then this training is for you! This tool will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate this effectively and efficiently. This is a one off opportunity to be trained as a licensed practitioner and all for FREE. In partnership with Cumbria County Council we (Cumbria Youth Alliance) are rolling out the OUTCOMES STAR TRAINING to organisations working with young people across Cumbria. This training is free. CYA will act as the licence holder for this programme. Licence costs will not be charged to those organisations taking part so the training and licences are free. Outcomes Star gives organisations working with young people the opportunity to put in place a tool which will help them accurately measure the impact of their work upon young people and demonstrate this to funders and supporters thus increasing their sustainability. We will be running three training courses over the next few months please book your place on one of these courses - maximum of 2 per organisation unless by prior agreement with CYA or CCC.

 Booking essential as places are limited to organisations working with CCC and providing step up /step down opportunities for young people to access a seamless service.  Preference will be given to agencies working with Cumbria County Council and some agencies may not be eligible but if in doubt ask us.  There are 32 stars so ask about a star that suits your particular client group


Dates for Outcomes Star training in 2018 Barrow and South Lakes 29th of May 2018 - FREE Drop Zone Youth Project, 44 Bath Street, Barrow in Furness LA14 5TS 10am till 3pm ; Maximum 10 places Refreshments will be served but participants will bring their own packed lunch Carlisle and Eden 23rd of May - FREE Belah Community Centre, Briar Bank, Carlisle CA3 9SR 10am till 3pm; Maximum 10 places Refreshments will be served but participants will bring their own packed lunch

If you would like to find out more about the outcomes star contact or ring her on 01900 603131 for an informal chat, or to request forms for booking a place on the training

Stepladder of Achievement For young people in care 15-17 in Cumbria Please pass this onto young people you may know who could benefit from this programme. Young People can “earn whilst they learn”.

The Stepladder of Achievement programme will provide both life skills and financial resources in order to equip young people in care, who are likely to have experienced an unpredictable education and help them prepare for the future. On registering the young people are allocated a mentor from Cumbria Youth Alliance and the young person undertakes on line modules designed to help them gain the skills they need when they move to independent living. Our mentors are here to help them with their learning. Each module has a monetary value when completed and the Young Person can earn up to £1500 to add to their individual ISA when they are 18. This programme is run in conjunction with the Share Foundation. Contact on 01900 603131


CYA VACANCY for Experienced Project Worker Experienced Project Worker Improving Young Peoples Emotional Resilience Salary range £19500- £22500 New Big Lottery Multi Agency 3 Year Project Cumbria Youth Alliance seeks to appoint a suitable project worker for a new and exciting 3 year Big Lottery funded project focussing on improving young people’s emotional resilience in the coastal communities of Cumbria. You will have an interest or background in either youth work or in one to one early help support programmes and you will have an interest in working to improve emotional resilience amongst young people. You will be based in Workington but the project will cover Allerdale, Copeland and Barrow in Furness. This is an innovative project developed in partnership with Cumbria County Council, Active Cumbria, Public Health and NHS Partnership . The successful candidate will work closely with colleagues from a variety of statutory and third sector agencies to improve services for young people in these communities. You will be responsible for supporting the young people who will lead the project through facilitating locality steering groups and supporting and training the young peer educators who will deliver part of the project. You will support the Project Manager to manage the quantitative and qualitative outcomes required by the funders and participants There will be a number of sub contractors working within the partnership and you will be required to work alongside them to eliminate any duplication and ensure the services meet the needs of the young people in the communities. You will have experience of working with young people on youth led initiatives. We welcome secondments from partner agencies or from candidates wishing to job share. You must be able to travel independently and the job involves some evening and weekend work during the life of the project. The post is subject to enhanced DBS checks and the ability to provide suitable references, one of which must be your previous /current employer. A mileage allowance is paid and contributory pension scheme is in place.

To apply please go to to download the application pack or for an informal chat ring Cath Clarke on 01900 603131 or email The closing date for applications is noon on 11th of May 2018 and interviews will be held the following week


CYA Training and Events for 2018 Training courses, fundraising workshops and seminars in 2018. Places on courses, workshops and seminars are limited so you'll need to complete and return a booking form for any courses or events that you'd like to attend. If you have any questions or require further information then please contact email to or call on 01900 603131. Our 2018 Training Calendar is out now. Now available to view online. You can also download a Word version here for viewing offline or printing.


Free events to improve your fundraising MEET THE FUNDERS

Kalima Patel Regional Officer North BBC Children in Need Penrith Methodist Church 1st of May 11am to 2pm 10 Wordsworth Street, Penrith CA11 7QY What does the event cover? Kalima will be delivering a workshop for organisations who are interested in applying for Grants from Children in Need. She will cover what makes a successful application and in addition to the workshop she will be there to answer questions from individual organisations. What makes a good application - what makes a great application - common mistakes and errors made when applying for funding? This training is open to any organisations working with young people but preference will be give to regular attendees of the CYPVSRG . The training will last approximately 2.5 hours and attendees will have a free buffet lunch. Places are limited to 25 so please register your interest with to secure your place or ring01900 603131 This course has been made possible with the support from Cumbria County Council and Cumbria Youth Alliance 9

Northside Community Centre Workingon CA14 1AX Tuesday 19th of June 9.30 to 11.30 What does the event cover? Annalee Holliday who is a Trustee of Henry Smith Charity will be delivering an informal workshop outlining the new priorities for applications to Henry Smith Charity. Booking to reserve a place is essential. To book a place contact -This course has been made possible with the support from Cumbria County Council and Cumbria Youth Alliance


IMPORTANT! 24 April - Reference Group Meeting Our Reference Group meeting on 24 April is cancelled because it clashes with a CYP & Families Stakeholder Engagement Event and we know that many of our attendees will want to attend both meetings. We are therefore cancelling the Reference Group meeting and encouraging those who would find it relevant to attend the Stakeholder Engagement Event instead, see poster below. The event will contribute towards the development of a needs led model that aligns/integrates Early Help and Health for 0-19’s, and plans ahead for the future. Places are limited so sign up quickly. A flyer is attached with further information and booking instructions. The next Reference Group Meeting will be as scheduled on 26 June 2018 at 1.30pm


Member News Vacancy - Pride in North Cumbria Download / View Vacancy as PDF


Children's Trust Board Workshops

Cumbria Children's Trust Board would like to invite you to a district workshop in your area to update you on their work and hear your ideas about improving mental health support services as part of the transformation work and also a new way of thinking about how services are delivered. This is the ‘THRIVE’ model, which is now being rolled out across the country and we want to hear what you think we may need to do differently to be able to implement this model. Aims:  To raise awareness of the role of the Children’s Trust Board  Hear and learn about our Cumbria Local Transformation Plan  Introduce the THRIVE model and discuss how we can use it in Cumbria alongside Early Help Cumbria’s Local Transformation Plan for 2017- 2018 has now been published. You can find a copy here: or here:  The plan was signed off by Cumbria’s Health and Wellbeing Board in February. It sets out how commissioners and providers will improve emotional and mental health support services for children, young people and their families and carers over the next three years, and is part of Cumbria’s response to the Governments ‘Five Year Forward View for Mental Health’ (2016) part of which is an expansion in access to mental health care for children and young people.  There are 6 key priorities in Cumbria, Access, Crisis, Care for the most vulnerable, Resilience, Workforce and Engagement and we want to share the plans across these priorities in more detail with you

To book on to an event near you please follow the appropriate link below: Workington 26th April 1pm – 3.30pm Carlisle 27th April 10am – 12.30pm Penrith 1st May 1pm – 3.30pm Whitehaven 2nd May 10am – 12.30pm Barrow 4th May 1pm – 3.30pm Kendal 11th May 10am – 12.30pm Many thanks Claire Notman | Programme Officer, LSCB & Improvement


DofE Gold Paddlesports Residential

Saturday 18th – Wednesday 22nd August 2018

All abilities catered for – an eagerness to paddle is essential! Come and join us at Hawse End, on the shores in Derwentwater, for an action packed and sociable week experiencing a wide range of paddlesport activities and challenges. The price is only £385 per person which includes instruction, full board accommodation, food, use of all specialist equipment and pick-ups and drop offs at Penrith Railway Station. The perfect way to have fun, work on your paddling and make new friends. More information (pdf) To enquire or book contact Cumbria Outdoors on 01768 812280 or email


Suicide Alertness Training Due to popular demand, we have secured 3 x further sessions for this training. Please share attached poster with your teams and networks and places should be booked via


Working with Addictive Behaviour


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Cumbria Youth Alliance Newsletter April 2018  
Cumbria Youth Alliance Newsletter April 2018