We are a charity who have been tackling disadvantage
and improving opportunities for young people across Devon since 1949. Over the past 67 years we have evolved a mix of interrelated services that look to make a lasting difference in the lives of young people. Our fantastic workforce, both paid and voluntary make contact and build trusting relationships to help young people address the challenges in their lives.
Our Vision is to make Devon a better place for all young people by reducing disadvantage and improving opportunity.
Our Mission is to change the odds in favour of young people. To achieve our mission, 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’s Values:
We encourage leadership, promote professionalism and celebrate innovation. We are trusting and trustworthy, non-judgemental, honest, empowering and challenging.
Young 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:
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 ►
Young 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 once every month with further training and campaign meetings when needed. The Youth Council will:
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 contact Andy Miller, Andrew.email@example.com 07738 706082
Young Devon works with a huge array of young people across a wide range of programmes.
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.
Young 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".
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