Youth Work Manifesto

Volunteers don't get paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless
Sherry Anderson 

We believe that every young person has the right to have a space to meet friends, find role models and mentors.  To experience new things, grow both confidence and resilience. Encouraging young people to grow maturely and lead happy lives making a positive contribution to society. 

We believe that these spaces or groups are best provided by volunteers from their own communities through volunteer led clubs and volunteer organised activities. 

We believe that 65% of young people throughout the UK benefit from the array of activities led by brilliant community volunteers. 

We believe that SCYP plays a substantial part of that with 65% with our 100,000 young people benefiting by participating in activates led by around fifteen thousand volunteers across all the various groups, and the programmes we run. 

We believe that these community volunteers are extraordinary and inspirational in their investment of time, enthusiasm, dedication and passion. 

We believe there is a need for equal investment in time, commitment and enthusiasm from the statutory partners in supporting these outstanding volunteers.  We hope these statutory partners will be inspired to demonstrable efforts to improve the lives of young people in Surrey. 

We support low cost or free safe and accessible spaces for these activities to take place. 

We believe in resourcing and equipping volunteers to carry out their work and be able to recruit and retain other local volunteers to grow these groups. 

We belive in enabling and empowering our volunteers rather than hampering them. 

We believe in recognising, celebrating, encouraging and valuing by rewarding these voluntary efforts nationally and locally.