Changing the odds in favour of young people

Enhancing lives and promoting opportunity for young people in Devon.


For young people

young peopleGet local help with housing, skills, advice and support

Young Devon has been helping young people across the county since 1949. 

So if you are looking for confidential advice about housing, counselling, relationships, your health, getting into work or training, or just want to talk to someone as you don’t think that you are being listened to; we can help.

For parents and carers

category parentsHow we can help support the child or young person you care for.

Young Devon has been helping young people across the county since 1949.  Our experienced teams offer confidential help and advice to young people and their parent s and carers across a range of issues.  So if you need some help or just want to talk to someone who can give you impartial advice; we are here to help.

For organisations

category organisationsConsultancy, training, venue hire, and involving young people.

Young Devon offers training, consultancy and mentoring for youth sector organisations that want to improve, innovate and develop.  We have a successful history of developing new ways of working, using our expertise, courage and experience to help others do the same.

Our specialities include; participation and user engagement; bid writing; developing new projects, processes and systems; understanding need; developing outcome measures; related training (young people’s mental health; person centred approaches; confidentiality).

With over 65 years of experience we know what makes young people tick and have a long and successful track record of developing new ways of working.   So if you want to involve young people better in your work, have a training need, are looking for experienced and qualified consultants or simply need a well-equipped, low-cost, good quality room to hire get in touch.

Support our work

donateVolunteer, donate or work for us.

You can make a difference changing the odds in favour of young people across the county, by donating your time, talents or money - or join the team if a professional vacancy appeals to you!


category aboutChanging the odds in favour of young people.

Established in 1949, Young Devon is a progressive charity that exists to "change the odds in favour of young people".  Challenging negative stereotypes and campaigning shoulder-to-shoulder with young people, Young Devon's primary objective is to enhance lives and promote opportunity for those least likely to have their voices heard. Three key challenges sit at the heart of Young Devon to which all our work relates:

To promote and support a quality of life experience, enabling young people to become resilient and succeed in their right to enjoy safe, healthy and happy lives.

To secure young people's right to participate and be meaningfully involved in society and to influence decision makers who have the power to impact on their lives.

To invest in young people, assisting them in building their life skills, confidence and motivation; and to create opportunities for them to make an active and valued contribution to their communities.

Young people can access Young Devon services in Exeter, Exmouth, Newton Abbot, Barnstaple, Ivybridge, Tavistock, Honiton Sidmouth & Plymouth as well as via outreach workers in the more rurally isolated communities.

Young Devon also supports young people and adults to become volunteers as well as offering a range of support services to other voluntary sector youth clubs, groups and projects.

Young Devon Baked Off

Young Devon Baked Off

Tuesday 28th saw teams in Exeter, Newton Abbot and Ivybridge baking their buns off to raise money for Young Devon.  The Bake Off revealed the hidden pastry skills of many...

Exeter Baked Away - A big thank you from Jamie Keyse

Exeter Baked Away - A big thank you from Jamie Keyse

Here are just some of the amazing cakes baked by Exeter YES this week.  Over 180 slices were sold and over £90 donated as a result purely through cake sales.  It was a...

NCS Team Assistant x 1 (Job Ref 16-20)

NCS Team Assistant x 1 (Job Ref 16-20)

Job Description  Application Form Salary – National Living Wage (£751-£1,396 dependent on age and inclusive of annual leave and sickness) for 21 day role (Up to a maximum...

Administrator (Job Ref 16-24)

Administrator (Job Ref 16-24)

Salary - £18,862 pro rata Part - time (18.5 hours per week) based in Plymouth Permanent Contract We are looking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic Administrator...

Counselling Coordinator (Job Ref 16-22)

Counselling Coordinator (Job Ref 16-22)

Salary – £24,307 FTE  £20,280 per annum (including holiday entitlement) Term time only (37 hours per week 39 weeks per annum) based in Plymouth Permanent Contract As...

Supported Housing Sleep-in Sessional Staff (Job Ref 16-23)

Supported Housing Sleep-in Sessional Staff (Job Ref 16-23)

Supported Housing Sleep-in Sessional Staff (Job Ref 16-23) Salary - £101.10 per night covered Cover of specific evenings and over-night shifts based at Young Devon...


Radio 1 #MillionHours

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European Social Fund

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Chief Executive
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2015-2018 Strategic Plan

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