‘How to Set Up a Youth Hub’

ERSA’s Youth Hubs Forum took place today (Wednesday 2 November) and the focus was ‘How to Set Up a Youth Hub’. Attendees heard from Ben Gadsby and Phoebe Arslanagic-Wakefield at Impetus, Sharon Weetman and Suzanne Gilmore from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Wigan Council, respectively. Guests were then able to share their own experiences and ask DWP colleagues questions relating to issues that some Youth Hubs are currently facing.

Phoebe and Ben talked through Impetus’ blueprint for the Library of Birmingham Youth Hub and spoke about some of the challenges that providers may need to consider when establishing Youth Hubs.

Sharon Weetman spoke about Greater Manchester’s approach to Youth Hubs and their plans for the hubs going forward. GMCA’s approach was displayed by Suzanne Gilmore who presented the fantastic, newly built, Leigh Youth Hub.

Next meeting is on Wednesday 7 December at 10am, register in advance for a joining link here.


Watch on demand
‘How to set up a Youth Hub’ 2 November  (1 hour 25 minutes, feel free to fast forward minutes 7-9 where we experienced a technical issue)

YouTube video

Impetus blueprint for Youth Hubs – slides

DWP Youth Hubs Group Leads contacts


Next week we have a session you might be interested in attending!

Employer Engagement Forum: Solutions for Young People and Employers

9 November, 9-10.30am

Agenda: Focus will be on young people and employers, with examples of innovative solutions

Please share with your delivery partners and networks, everyone welcome! For a slot on the agenda or to suggest future items, please email the team via policy@ersa.org.uk.

Register in advance for a joining link


As part of ERSA’s work focussing on young people in the labour market, we are establishing how many employment support providers are co-locating in youth hubs, have the capacity to set youth hub or want matching with a local youth hub.

We’re asking people to fill out ERSA’s Youth Hub Survey. We want Youth Hubs to reach their full potential and support as many young people as they possibly can. However, we know that this won’t be possible without the help of employment support organisations throughout the UK. Please take some time to fill out the survey to help us understand what the Youth Hubs in your area are providing for young people and identify gaps in support.

You can access the survey here. Please feel free to forward on to other organisations you work with that support young people into employment and/or training.

Share the survey with your networks and delivery partners

Complete ERSA’s Youth Hub Survey here.


Skills Builder are hosting a Youth Forum on 9 November. Lots of info, a spotlight with UK Youth and signposting to our free-to-access essential skills framework, Guide for Youth Organisations and skill assessment tools.