What is a Regional Youth Work Unit?

Youth Focus South East known as a Regional Youth Work Unit (RYWU) act as hubs for developing and supporting youth work in their regions, working with commissioners, providers and young people themselves to ensure the sector is well-informed, skilled and responsive to changes in government policies and young people’s needs. They are a core element of infrastructure support for the youth sector in their regions.

RYWUs are independent organisations, based in the region they cover, with governance arrangements that reflect the voices of youth organisations in the region

RYWUs collaborate with a wide range of local, regional and national organisations with an interest in supporting and developing youth work. They may lead on multi-organisation partnerships in their areas or might undertake regional roll-out of national programmes in collaboration with national bodies. At the heart of a RYWU is the needs of young people and the youth sector in their regions.

What does the South East cover?

  • Berkshire
  • Buckinghamshire
  • East Sussex
  • Hampshire
  • Isle of Wight
  • Kent
  • Oxfordshire
  • Surrey
  • West Sussex

Upcoming Dates

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Regional Impact Network South East Meetings

Youth Focus South East Meetings

For all upcoming events and dates please click the button below. This will take you to our EventBrite page to register your attendance.



Project Iris – Growing Hope

Referrals are now open for Project Iris which will be launching in April. You can access project details & information on application criteria & how to apply here. Project Iris is a new Inclusion Education programme, designed to support young people from 11-25 experiencing suicidal ideation, thoughts and self-harm.  Inclusion Education | Bespoke Learning for Young People | Project Iris – Growing Hope

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My Story and Me: a storytelling intervention for young women and girl

We’re asking young women aged 12–24 to share their mental health stories! An Anna Freud research project is looking to interview young women with the aim of helping other girls to understand and talk about their mental health. My Story and Me: a storytelling intervention for young women and girls | Anna Freud

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FUNDING: The Fore is running its Summer 2024 Funding Round. They are offering unrestricted grants of up to £30,000 to help small charities and social enterprises develop, grow or become more sustainable.

THIS 👇 will be very exciting. It took over a year to develop our new website platform. BIG thanks to our teams, as this will make a difference to the youth sector. Stay tuned!

Just four days left to apply! We're looking for organisations supporting young people to prepare for and find work, with a particular focus on young people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Apply by 11:59pm on Sunday 7 April. Find out more 👇

Today, we have opened up a new themed grant round 'Psychological Therapies' - testing talking therapies delivered to children and young people who are at risk of becoming involved in crime and violence or those already involved in the youth justice system.

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Upcoming Meeting

New Dates coming soon 

For more information please visit our Networking Page 

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Future Meetings 2022

Youth Focus South East

Thursday 27th January 2022

1pm – 2pm – NYA Apprenticeship Roadshow
2pm – 3pm – Youth Focus South East

Friday 25th March 2022

10am – 12pm

Friday 27th May 2022

10am – 12pm

Friday 22nd July 2022

10am – 12pm

Friday 30th September 2022

10am – 12pm

Friday 25th November 2022

10am – 12pm

Regional Youth Impact Network South East

Friday 4th February 2022

10am – 12pm

Friday 29th April 2022

10am – 12pm

Friday 17th June 2022 – Postponed 

10am – 12pm – Postponed

Friday 16th September 2022

10am – 12pm

Friday 18th November 2022

10am – 12pm

Funders and Partners