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Major youth charities come together to set new agenda for action at Creative Collisions 2017

16 February 2017   (0 Comments)
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Nine of the UK’s leading youth charities are joining forces on 3rd May to run the most significant youth sector event of the year.

Creative Collisions 2017 will bring together more than 500 attendees from across the sector, including youth workers, volunteers, sector experts and young people, to spark connections, share ideas, bridge divides and forge a positive future for young people and youth organisations across the UK.

For the first time, previous organisers UK Youth and Leap Confronting Conflict will join The Scout Association, Girlguiding, NCS, Ambition, NYA, The Mix, and VInspired to speak with one collective voice as they explore the big issues and set an agenda for positive action. Sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, the event will identify innovative ways we can bridge the gap between young people and the world around them – through technology, sharing best practice, and finding ways to collaborate on the ground.

Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson MP will attend and show his support for the youth sector and its collective policy aims – alongside many other inspiring speakers and expert panellists.

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said: "I want young people to develop the important skills they need to succeed in life so it is vital that all organisations involved in youth services come together and share best practice."

"The Creative Collisions forum will help do exactly that and set an agenda for future action in the youth sector, encouraging collaboration that will have a hugely positive impact on young people’s lives."

Co-created with young people, Creative Collisions will focus on issues like social mobility, online safety, gender and LGBTQ issues, and Brexit to name a few. There will be interactive sessions exploring STEM, video blogging and more.

More than 100 free tickets will be made available to those aged 16-25, and young people will be invited to lead many of the sessions and workshops on the day.

Creative Collisions 2017 will take place on 03 May 2017 at the Mermaid Theatre in central London. To register, or for more information on speakers, workshop sessions and exhibition space visit: 

About Creative Collisions:

Creative Collisions is a youth sector conference being held on 03 May 2017 at the Mermaid Theatre in London. Creative Collisions is a collaboration between some of the UK’s most inspiring youth organisations: UK Youth, The Scout Association, Girlguiding, NCS, Ambition, NYA, The Mix, and VInspired . The conference is sponsored by the WellcomeTrust.

For more information, please contact Matter&Co on behalf of Creative Collisions:

Suzi Darsa, Matter&Co              +44 (0)20 3861 3342

Rachel Pidgeon, Matter&Co          +44 (0)20 3861 3341


Creative Collisions Partners:

About UK Youth

UK Youth is the largest national body for the youth sector, with a network reaching over 830,500 young people across the country. We work hand in hand with young people – and the dedicated organisations supporting them – to develop the skills, belief, courage and leadership to build a bright future, regardless of background or circumstances. Last year we invested £4.3 million on direct delivery to young people through our members, piloting new approaches, investing in areas of high deprivation and low provision, supporting outdoor education and rolling out successful programmes nationwide.


About Girlguiding

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with over half a million members. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. We run Rainbows (5–7 years), Brownies (7–10 years), Guides (10–14 years) and The Senior Section (14–25 years). Registered Charity No. 306016.


About The Scout Association

Adventure is at the core of Scouting. The Scout Association passionately believes in helping their members fulfil their full physical, intellectual social and spiritual potentials by working in teams, learning new skills and thinking for themselves. Scouting provides opportunities for members to do this, and to continue to take risks in a safe environment, and have their first taste of responsibility.

Over 200 activities are offered by Scouting around the UK, made possible by the efforts of 100,000 voluntary adult leaders. This has helped make Scouting the largest co-educational youth movement in the country.

Adults working in Scouting contribute in excess of 364 million hours of voluntary work each year to their local communities. The number of volunteers working for Scouting is bigger than the combined workforces of the BBC (24,000) and McDonalds (67,000) put together. Worldwide Scouting has 40 million male and female members, and operates in nearly every country in the world. In January 2012, Clarence House announced that HRH Duchess of Cambridge was to become a volunteer with The Scout Association.

Last year, Scouts were involved in a diverse range of community impact projects, such as collecting goods for food banks, creating and cleaning up play spaces for young people with learning difficulties, spending time with those suffering from dementia, helping to support and promote the health of Britain’s waterways as Junior River Stewards, and creating wild flower meadows.


About Ambition

Believing in young people

Ambition is a national body working to expand and extend the impact of its members, for young people. Ambition has been meeting the needs of young people since 1925 through its diverse network of local authority, and voluntary and community sector members. Ambition seeks to build the capacity of its members through: Funding; National Programmes; Policy & Advocacy; Quality Improvement; Building Community.

About Leap Confronting Conflict

Leap Confronting Conflict (Leap) is an award-winning national charity that provides inspirational conflict management training for young people and the professionals who work with them. Leap's training supports participants to understand their relationship with conflict and gives them tools and skills to manage the conflict in their lives. Leap has 30 year's experience developing a wide range of programmes for the criminal justice, education, corporate and voluntary sectors. 

About NCS

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity open to 16-17 year olds across England. It is a unique two or three week full-time programme focused around fun and discovery, plus 30 hours committed to a community project that benefits both young people and society. On this government backed programme, participants build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and adventures, making new friends, and contributing to their community.

Government backing means that it costs just £50 or less to take part in NCS and bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Support is provided for young people with additional needs. NCS represents great value for money for parents as participants spend up to two weeks away from home with all meals and activities covered. The first week is spent at an outward bound facility participating in activities such as abseiling, water rafting and canoeing. The second week teens live away from home, typically at local university halls of residence, learning how to be self-sufficient, developing new skills and finding out more about the needs of their local community. 

Taking place outside school/term time, teens can sign up for the part-residential experience and participate in either the spring, summer or autumn programmes. In every programme they will experience four sections that focus on personal and social development including leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Not only do 16 and 17 year olds have the chance to give something back, but it also looks great on CVs and helps with job, college and university applications, building future aspirations. NCS is now recognised by UCAS and taking part is a sought after addition to any CV. 

In 2013, NCS Trust, an independent social enterprise, was established to manage NCS and execute the ambitious expansion of the government backed programme. 

To find out more information about NCS or to sign up to NCS visit Like us on, follow us on Twitter @ncs or subscribe to NCSYes channel on YouTube.

About NYA

The National Youth Agency has been transforming lives through youth work for more than 50 years. Skilled youth workers build relationships that support young people to explore their personal, social and educational development. Our mission is to unlock young people’s potential by providing high quality support and opportunities.

Key Areas of Work:

Championing youth work in all its many forms – incubating new approaches, celebrating its many thousands of practitioners. 

Professionalising youth work – training youth workers, setting occupational standards.

Enabling youth work – making it happen through our networks of front line youth work providers.

About The Mix

The Mix is a free, confidential information and support service for under 25s, helping over 2 million young people in the UK each year. Whatever issue a young person is facing, The Mix is always here for them - online, over the phone or via social media. We connect young people to experts and their peers to talk about everything from money to mental health, homelessness to jobs, break-ups to drugs and more.

Today’s young people face an unprecedented range of challenges including a rise in mental health problems, soaring rents, high levels of debt and a lack of job opportunities. They will be the first generation worse off in physical and emotional terms than their parents. The Mix’s mission is to ensure that every young person can make an informed choice about their wellbeing – wherever and whenever they are. 


About v•inspired

V•inspired is the country’s leading youth social action charity. In the past ten years, we have created more than one million inspiring opportunities for young people to reach their potential through volunteering and social action. Young people – their energy, ideas and experiences – are at the heart of everything we do. They inspire and shape our innovative and diverse programmes and digital services. So that they can make a difference to the things they care about in ways that are right for them – through online campaigns, volunteering with a charity, or by setting up their own social action project. And as a result, can build their skills, confidence and readiness for work.

About the Wellcome Trust

Wellcome exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. We’re a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent. We support scientists and researchers, take on big problems, fuel imaginations and spark debate.