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24th December

Blog Stories

Thank you everyone for a fantastic 2015!

As the office winds down and we close the UFA doors for the last time in 2015, we’d like to use this blog to not only thank everyone for their support this year – be that members of staff or partner organisations, but to also reflect on some of the fantastic projects and opportunities we’ve

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17th December

Blog Stories

If life gives you chillies, make chilli jam!

As I sit down to write this blog post my fingers are still tingling from the huge amount of chillies I was de-seeding yesterday. My husband now has two home-made poly tunnels on his allotment and last weekend we finally harvested the chilli and pepper plants – I felt the need to make the most

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4th December

Blog Stories

When UFA NCS went to London! CYPN Awards 2015

Last Thursday (26th November 2015) we attended the Children and Young People Now awards at the Hurlingham Club in London. We were one of 3 finalists in the National Citizen Service category with our entry, #HandsOnEars; a social action project from our Durham NCS Summer 2014 programme. The team of 15 young people raised awareness

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23rd November

Blog Stories

Evaluation, a place to start or a place to end?

As UFA works towards its 20th birthday it is a good point to reflect on what we have learnt over the last two decades, but also to think about what more we now want to know about what works and importantly why it works. Evaluating what we do has always been a key part of

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9th November

Blog Stories

Good Feedback Causes Thinking!

Over recent weeks we have been recruiting and training UFA Associates who will support the delivery of our very successful Peer Tutor Training programme. Bringing together eighteen professionals from across the country is an exciting development for us, however what I hadn’t anticipated were the thought provoking conversations I had with a number of these

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28th October

Blog Stories

I can and I will – Lighting a fire in Young People’s minds

Not that we’re obsessed with Great British Bake Off here at UFA…but even though it’s over for 2015 I have the winner’s victory speech still ringing in my ears: “I’m never going to say I don’t think I can. I can and I will.” Shivers ran up my spine when Nadiya spoke through tears of

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16th October

Latest News

Mercer’s Trust help UFA measure the impact of Peer Tutoring

The UFA team is delighted to announce the start of an exciting project in the West Midlands to track the impact of Peer Tutoring, specifically focusing on the peer tutors themselves. Funded by a donation from the Mercer’s Company Charitable Trust, the programme launched last week with two secondary and two primary schools from Walsall

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7th October

Articles

Why numbers matter when it comes to words

The importance of young people’s voices is at the heart of UFA – its why we do what we do in the way that we do it. Our programmes have been created to support and develop a young person’s voice in their school, their community and their home. So when a key note speaker setting

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22nd September

Blog Stories

Want great research? Why you should ask young people.

    Research is traditionally collected by the auspice of agencies armed with a clipboard and big budgets. But what if breaking with tradition delivers creative, innovative solutions to questions you may not have considered? How about engaging young people to carry out research or evaluation on behalf of a school, community or organisation? Last week

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