Notice: Hackney youth workers’ cooperative VOY will close… unless you can step up and take it on. Come to an open meeting to find out more: 6pm Monday 5th March (venue tbc). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org by 19th Feb to let us know you’re coming. See full statement here
Voice of Youth is a youth workers cooperative based in and around Hackney. We work with young people age 8-19 on a variety of projects, including arts and drama, sports, trips, detached (street-based) work and residentials. We are a mixture of new and experienced Youth Workers from different backgrounds and experience.
We are a workers’ cooperative with members aged from 16 years and over. We make decisions together, we try to work as equals, we do not have bosses or managers, and we all paid the same rate. We formed our cooperative in 2011.
We believe in emancipatory and democratic Youth Work – a space that is free from adults determining what young people want. A space that is free from prescribed outcomes and outputs. That is why our principles are important to us.
Thanks to everyone who has helped, advised and supported us so far including Awards for All / Lottery Foundation, Children in Need, Hackney Homes, Well London, Manor House Development Trust, Lea View Tenants and Residents Association, Manor Tenants and Residents Association, Elevate, Skyway, John Lewis Stratford, UK Cooperatives, Cooperative Group, Hackney Cooperative Developments, Awards for All Big Lottery Fund, Jack Watts Tenants and Residents Association, Access to Sports, Community First, Radical Routes, and others!
Not-for-profit organisation registered with IPS, number: 31303. Voice Of Youth is a registered member of UK Co-operatives: VOI220182