NEWS: Groundwork UK awarded for encouraging youth voice

Groundwork UK were today awarded the flagship level of excellence from the National Youth Agency (NYA) Hear by Right.

Hear by Right assesses and recognises organisation’s commitment to youth participation and promoting youth voice. After attending an insight session with NYA, Groundwork UK have reflected on their practice and implemented a range of improvements to their internal processes and structures, which are all aimed at improving youth participation throughout the organisation.

Upon reviewing those processes, NYA have decided to award the organisation with the flagship level of Hear by Right, recognising their reflective practice and growth and overall dedication to making young people’s voices heard.

Jodie Lees, Programme Delivery Manager at the NYA said:

We are pleased that the first group of organisations going through Hear by Right since it was refreshed in 2018 showcased the breadth and depth of organisations that can go through the Hear by Right process. We have been pleased with the level of commitment and reflective practice we’ve seen throughout. As always, making steps towards changing an organisational culture to participation always comes with a variety of challenges, but these organisations were able to overcome these and make a true difference to young people through their hear by right work.

Graham Duxbury, national CEO of Groundwork, said:

We are delighted to have been recognised and awarded the Hear by Right accolade. We work with young people up and down the UK to support them to have a voice on the issues that matter to them and to be a proactive part of the conversation. We will continue to build upon this achievement and support the decision makers of tomorrow to be the change they want to see in their local community.

Hear by Right recognition lasts for two years from the date they are awarded, at that point they will be eligible for re-submission.

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Notes to Editors 

  • The National Youth Agency are the National Body for Youth Work in England:
  • Hear by Right is an organisational development tool built on a framework of seven standards with 20 indicators that describe best practice, supporting organisations to plan, develop and evaluate their participation practices and provision.