Introduction to Youth Work courses in Somerset
From 23rd Sep 2023 to 9th Mar 2024

In partnership with the Somerset Youth Work Alliance (SYWA), we are delighted to be able to offer subsidised Introduction to Youth Work courses.

The courses will be delivered by South Gloucestershire Playscheme, an accredited training provider specialising in Level 2 Award in Youth Work Principles and Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice courses.

They are aimed at new youth workers and youth volunteers who haven't yet undertaken a level 2 or 3 qualification, as well as those who volunteer with children and young people and want to find out if youth work is for them.

The course will cover:

  • the key purposes and principles of youth work
  • legislation and policies
  • the skills and qualities a youth worker will need
  • how to communicate with young people and adolescent development

There won't be any exams or coursework - just group discussions, minimal writing and practical activities!

The course will be delivered over two, 4.5 hour hour sessions on consecutive Saturdays on:

2 and 9 March 2024 in Taunton, 10am - 3pm

Attendees will be required to attend both sessions.

This course is free for members of the SYWA. To book your place, please download and complete the application form and email it to

If you are interested in this introductory course, but are not currently working in a youth work setting and would like to start volunteering or working with young people, please get in with Tash Scully, Director of the SYWA, via email.

This course is being delivered thanks to support from Somerset Community Foundation and Spark Somerset.