East Midlands Voluntary Youth (EMVY)

Since 2013, One East Midlands has coordinated the East Midlands Voluntary Youth Network. 

Formed in 2000 by voluntary youth groups and networks across the region, EMVY is an inclusive and diverse network for the voluntary youth sector, providing strategic support, influence and advocacy at a regional level.

EMVY aims to:

  • Act as a champion for the work of voluntary and community youth organisations in the region
  • Network regionally and nationally to inform and influence policy affecting young people and their voluntary and community organisations
  • Promote best practice and standards in voluntary youth work across the region
  • Build the capacity of voluntary and community youth organisations to respond to developments in policy and practice including workforce development training, governance and the promotion of progressive practice.

Membership to the EMVY Network is free and all members will receive:

  • A monthly e-bulletin containing all the latest news from the sector
  • Invitations to regional forum events to order to share news and information and to network with colleagues
  • Invitations to youth sector events throughout the region
  • The chance to feed into consultations responses on behalf of the Network
  • And much, much more

For further information and to sign up to the EMVY Network, please either complete the membership form or email eastmidlands@cvys.org.uk

To view a list of all of the current EMVY Network member organisations click here.

EMVY Regional RELOAD event - Friday 28th April 2017

At this FREE event for EMVY members, we discussed the direction of youth policy in England and how it opens up initiatives.

The event opened with a discussion about the Youth Policy Statement which was being consulted upon prior to the announcement of the general election.  A consultation event had taken place in Nottingham in March, led by representatives from the Youth Policy Team, Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Government Inclusive Economy Unit and Local Intelligence Unit - East, Department for Culture, Media and Sport.  Feedback from the EMVY Regional RELOAD discussions will be shared with the Youth Policy Team and the Local Intelligence Unit.

The Youth Policy Statement - extract for discussion

"The new youth policy statement will signal the importance that government places on non-formal and informal learning opportunities in helping young people to develop skills for life and work, and deliver positive outcomes for the wider community. This includes universal and open access youth provision, social action, youth voice activities and structured activities and programmes including the National Citizen Service (NCS)."

Presentations followed by Craig Thompson, East Midlands Youth Services EMYS) on EMYS and the Royal Commonwealth Society; and Maureen O'Callaghan, Now Unlimited, on applying mindfulness in youth policy.

The presentations can be found by following these links:


Delegates were invited to share information about their projects including:
Bryony Roberts - Talent Match
Tom Forster - Metropolitan Housing
Claire Sarris - Groundwork Greater Nottingham
Chloe Jackson - Louth 13+ project and National Citizen Service
Maria Ward (Nottingham CVS) - Children & Young People's Provider Network; Health & Wellbeing Nottingham City representative

The EMVY Network is guided by an EMVY Network Steering Group who will also initiate, execute and monitor action which supports young people in the region.

The Terms of Reference for both the EMVY Network and the EMVY  Steering Group can be downloaded below:

A summary of the EMVY Network workplan for 2013/14 can be downloaded here.

The EMVY Network regularly organises forum events for its members. The summary reports from previous forum events can be downloaded below.

The EMVY network circulates a monthly e-bulletin of relevant news, events and resources to its members. Archive issues of the e-bulletins can be downloaded below.

If you are having difficultly downloading any of the above e-bulletins please email us at office@one-em.org.uk for assistance.