About Young Devon...

Our mission: Changing the odds in favour of young people. young people 4

Established in 1949, Young Devon is a progressive charity that exists to 'change the odds in favour of young people'. We aim to challenge negative stereotypes and campaign 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.young people 2 640x425

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’s Values:young devon torch

We encourage leadership, promote professionalism and celebrate innovation. We are trusting and trustworthy, non-judgemental, honest, empowering and challenging. 




Our trustees

chairYoung Devon is a registered charity governed by a Board of Trustees.

Our Trustees have ultimate responsibility for our work and together with our whole workforce and young people set our strategic direction.  In practice this means that they are there to scrutinise everything that we do to make sure that we:

  • are true to our charitable aims and objectives
  • deliver the public benefits that we are required to by law
  • remain focused on developing services that really make a difference to the young people we exist to support

Our management team

Meet our Service Leadership Group of department heads.

The day-to-day leadership of Young Devon is the responsibility of our Service Leadership Group (SLG).  This group meets on the second Thursday of the month. Each member of the SLG holds responsibility for the strategic direction and performance of their area of work, and the group is collectively responsible for the performance and strategic direction of the charity.

Minutes for all SLG meetings can be found in the website's Staff Area ►

Youth Council

Young People 7Young Devon's Youth Council gives young people a genuine voice in the charity.  

The Youth Council exists to support and train a group of young people to sit alongside the Trustees and decision makers in Young Devon to ensure that the voice of young people is being listened to and ideas taken on board.

The group meet quarterly thoroughout the year with further training and campaign meetings when needed. The Youth Council will:

  • Give young people in Young Devon a voice
  • Support Young Devon staff with a real young people's perspective
  • Follow up on complaints made by young people to ensure these are dealt with well and within time frame
  • Review marketing and information materials that Young Devon produce, from a young person’s point of view
  • Become Campaign leaders
  • Become Ambassador for Young Devon

The Youth Council is always looking for young people who want to be part of the group.  All members get the chance to access Young Devon's range of accredited Participation training packages which will support your role in the council. If you want to find out more about the group please contactMelody Hunter-Evans on 07568101781 or on email melody.hunter-evans@youngdevon.org.

Our successes

Young Devon works with a huge array of young people across a wide range of programmes. 12888760 1750298468537426 2182896230447974664 o

We wanted to share with you some of our successes and some of the key pieces of work that we have delivered.  These are just the tip of the iceberg.  If you want to find out more about what Young Devon does and the impact it has then get in touch.

Partners and Funders

Plymouth 1Young Devon's work can not happen without the support of a range of organisations that we work in partnership with or donate much needed funding into the charity to support our projects.  We would like to thank all of these organisations for their help in helping us "Change the Odds in Favour of Young People".

Young Devon News

  • A night out with Eddie Jones

    Dan Coxon 21 April 2017
    A big thank you to our friends at Tucker's Hall who made Young Devon one of their beneficiaries of this year's fundraising dinner. The dinner, which was held at Exeter Chief's Sandy Park ground, saw ...

Young Devon Blog

  • Stress Awareness Month: Staff Top Tips!!

    Jessica 13 April 2017
    Young Devon staff have been sharing their top tips for combatting stress for Stress Awareness Month. Some things might work well for you whilst others might not, but it’s always good to try new things...

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