News Update: YCC Service Managers Graduate from Management Training

May marked a very special occasion for many of YCC’s service managers, who, on 24th May, graduated from the Management Training & Development Programme.

The intensive course was tailored specifically by our external HR providers, HR180, to support all service managers in building the perfect skillset required to be an effective manager.

Service Managers were presented their certificates by the Senior Leadership Team

Modules included:

  • Leadership
  • Team Performance
  • Absence & Wellbeing
  • Capability * Disciplinary
  • Grievances & Conflict
  • Recruitment

Important Learnings

During the ceremony, the graduating staff each presented their learnings from the course to the Leadership Team, HR180, and their colleagues. Amongst many professional take-aways, everyone agreed that the course had enabled them to build confidence within their roles and connect with their fellow senior manager colleagues as ‘one team’, learning to work together and collaborate internally in order to move the charity forwards and provide a stronger, all-rounded service to the charity’s service users.

Service Managers receiving their hard-earned certificates.

YCC would like to thank HR180 for designing the training for our organisation, in line with our objectives, and for delivering the training so professionally and effectively.

Working for YCC

YCC is a flat hierarchy third sector organisation that encourages the growth and development of all staff, supporting employees up the ladder towards their own career goals.

If you would like to build a career at YCC, feel free to check out our vacancies on our website HERE.

News Update: YCC Reaches out to Ukrainian Families Refugees with Job Vacancies

Refugees Welcome!

At YCC we support vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people, and their families.

It goes without saying that refugees can be extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged when they arrive in the UK.

Refugees experience conditions of vulnerability, marginalisation, and poverty, in addition to high stress of displacement, which can seriously affect health and wellbeing, in particular for women, children, and older people.

That’s why YCC are looking to take action quickly. We have been in touch with the DWP, to support their programme and offer work to people arriving from Ukraine and Afghanistan. Once employed by us, we will be able to mentor, train, support and develop any individuals, as we do with all of our staff.

We have many available roles currently vacant within our charity and would be proud if any refugee wished to apply for any of them.

We will keep you posted of any positive outcomes.


A “Refugees welcome” banner hanging on Madrid’s town hall building.

News Update: Brian Jackson College – Heckmondwike

Here at BJC, we have had a busy month welcoming a number of external agencies who have been running workshops with our pupils.

Works Better is a positive minds programme delivered by Kirklees Council in collaboration with C&K Careers, Support 2 Recovery and Northorpe Hall. The primary aim of the sessions is to work alongside young people aged 15-25, exploring training and careers opportunities, learning new skills that will further their development, and learning how to sell themselves to prospective employers.

Works Better helps young people to build confidence, and create professional CVs, whilst gaining an understanding of what skills employers are looking for, supporting them to access local apprenticeship opportunities. Works Better delivered a session to our current year 11 cohort. Pupils engaged exceptionally well during the session and every single student chose to sign up to the service.

Thank you to the Works Better team for coming along and sharing this opportunity with our pupils.

As part of the BTEC in Personal Growth and Wellbeing qualification for PSHE, pupils have covered many topics such as alcohol and drugs. One topic that pupils needed to discuss as part of this qualification was organ donation and blood transfusions. To make sure pupils received the best information about this, Karen Piotr – a volunteer working with the NHS and Organ Donation, spoke to the pupils about organ donation and her experience of this. The pupils learnt about the recent change in legislation about how they now have to opt out of being an organ donor, how to do this, the procedure for donating blood.

Karen also spoke to the pupils about the importance of talking to family and friends about their wishes and desires after death. Karen shared her own personal story of sadly losing her husband and how he had expressed the desire to be an organ donor. The pupils really enjoyed the session, and it has been a topic of conversation throughout college since.

Thank you to Karen for providing such relevant and thought-provoking information to our pupils.

BJC also had the privilege of welcoming Clare Johnson, the early careers lead at Sodexo. Clare came and delivered a session to our year 11 learners, where she shared information about the company, the types of industry sectors they support, and what current apprenticeship schemes and employment opportunities are currently on offer. Clare started the session playing 2 truths and lie, breaking the ice and providing the perfect introduction to the session.

Clare discussed the youth employment market, providing examples of what it is employers are looking for in the younger generation. Clare also focussed on CV writing, looking at what does and doesn’t sell, even providing the pupils with some fantastic interview tips. Both pupils and staff agreed that it was an extremely beneficial session! One pupil stayed with Clare at the end to discuss his future prospects. After their discussion, Clare is now going away to explore getting them into one of their catering providers at Sodexo for some work experience and has expressed that there could be a potential apprenticeship at the end for him.

A huge thank you to Clare for volunteering your time with our pupils.

– Nicola Atkinson – Deputy Head

YCC are FINALISTS for the Covid Hero Award!

YCC are incredibly proud to announce that on Friday 06th May, at the Yorkshire Choice Awards, YCC were FINALISTS in the Covid Hero Award nominations.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for us, and to thank all of our staff and volunteers who worked throughout this difficult time providing support across our communities.

Although we didn’t quite take home the award on the night, this is still a fantastic moment, and highlights just how important and impactful our charity was during the pandemic. We couldn’t be more proud of the work that was carried out and the passion and dedication that so many individuals demonstrated, even in such difficult times

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YCC would also like to congratulate Yorkshire Scrubs who took home the award on the night – another voluntary organisation who made and supplied over 23,000 sets of scrubs for frontline workers during the pandemic.

YCC Announces 3-Year Strategy & Launches Brand-New Website.

Regional charity Yorkshire Children’s Centre (YCC) hosted a special event at their site at Brian Jackson House, Huddersfield on 15th March to launch their new three-year strategy and brand-new website for the charity. The event saw 50 people from across the YCC team, external partners and supporters come together to celebrate the exciting plans.

The event had a great turnout, including two students from YCC’s alternative provision college, who presented Proactive Code with a thank you gift.

Established in 1974, and looking towards their 50th Anniversary, this is an exciting stage in YCC’s history, that will bring focus to the services they deliver to improve lives and inspire change in vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people, and their families across Kirklees and the surrounding areas.

Mark Farmer CEO said “It was great to get together to share plans that will shape the future of the charity over the next three years. It was also the launch of our brand-new website, and thanks must go to Martin Port (BigChange) and Dan Todd (Proactive Code) who have enabled us to complete this project.”

YCC is a regional charity that works with vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people, and their families within Kirklees and surrounding areas. We are thought leaders and, together with partners, our mission is to deliver the best possible outcomes through four interwoven strands of activity – providing education services and facilities, building healthy relationships, promoting health and wellbeing, and improving employability skills.

YCC’s partners and stakeholders were invited to the event to meet with YCC departments and learn about their services

For more information about how you can support YCC please contact Sara Eltman [email protected]

YCC Stands with Ukraine

During this difficult time, YCC stands with Ukraine.

Many of you have been asking about YCC’s stance on the events surrounding the Ukrainian humanitarian crisis, so we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you our position.

Even as a children and family centred charity, it is difficult to comprehend the full extent of the devastation currently ongoing in Ukraine, and we extend our greatest sympathy to everyone affected by the crisis.

To keep you informed, YCC have been in touch with the Huddersfield Ukrainian Group, who have advised us that donations of items are not required by them at this time. They have requested that should anyone wish to make a donation, that they do so via this link.

As a charity, we will be committed to supporting as many Ukrainian children and families in our communities as we can. This will only be possible once refugees start to arrive in our local areas and subject to them qualifying for the services we are accredited to offer. However, it is important to note that as we are not a refugee charity (and therefore do not specialise in the support that some other charities will be offering at this time) it would not be correct for us to try and ‘step in’.

Although our services do not respond to any of the current urgent needs communicated from Ukraine at this time, we are keeping a close eye on ways that we can support Ukrainian refugees through our Children and Family services, and through government incentives.

We are aware that there may shortly be the possibility for us to offer employment to refugees arriving from Ukraine, with a special 3-year work visa being granted to all Ukrainian refugees. Should this be the case, YCC will actively seek to employ Ukrainians to help them build skills and support their families, where possible. YCC will also reconsider running a collection of items, should this need arise. And of course, our doors will always be open to our new Ukrainian community friends when they arrive, should they need to access any of our services.

If you would like to get in touch with YCC about this matter, please email [email protected] or call 01484 51 99 88.

#WeAreYCC #WeStandWithUkraine

Please vote YCC as Covid Hero

We are delighted to have been nominated for this award that shines a light on organisations that have continued to go above and beyond to help people in their communities during the pandemic.

We would like to thank all of the amazing YCC team of staff and volunteers whose dedication and hard work ensures that we are always here for the children, young people and families that need us.

We’d appreciate your vote – it only takes a few clicks & every vote really does count


Children’s Mental Health Week

Yorkshire Children’s Centre’s Thriving Kirklees department is proud to support Children’s Mental Health Week, created by Place2Be – a children’s mental health organisation that works with pupils, families and staff in UK schools.

Children’s Mental Health Week runs from 7th – 13th February. This year’s theme is ‘Growing Together’.

How are YCC supporting Children’s Mental Health

1. During Children’s Mental Health Week, the Thriving Kirklees Team at YCC will be sending out our Emotional Health & Wellbeing activity packs to all Kirklees Primary Schools. The packs are predominantly aimed at year 5 & 6 pupils, but they can also be used by professionals supporting families, or families themselves.

You can download a free copy of this activity pack, by clicking HERE

2. The Thriving Kirklees Partnership have also developed another helpful document for adults supporting children. This includes advice on supporting children that are struggling with lockdown, positive language to use when speaking with children, was to identiful anxiety in children, tips on creating a positive structure and routine, helping a child back into school, and much much more.

You can download a free copy of this children’s wellbeing guide, by clicking HERE

3. Thriving Kirklees, Northorpe Hall, NHS South West Yorkshire Partnership and YCC have developed a collection of free emotional health and wellbeing resources.

You can download a free copy of this document, by clicking HERE

4. To tie in with the theme of ‘Growing Together’, YCC will be giving away free packs of seeds to visitors to Brian Jackson House, who have children at home, to plant together. Gardening has long been credited for it’s positive impacts on health and wellbeing.

To read more about the 5 ways that gardening can be good for children’s mental wellbeing, click HERE.

To get your free seeds, please visit Brian Jackson House and request your seed packets from reception. 

Katie Lockwood, YCC’s 0-19 Health and Wellbeing Service Manager, said, ‘The Thriving Kirklees team at YCC are proud to support Children’s Mental Health Week this year and ever year. The mental health and wellbeing of a all children is fundamental to the work that we do at the charity, and we are dedicated to providing information that is free to access, and easy to understand, to everyone who cares for children, with no barriers to information.’

To contact the Thriving Kirklees team at YCC, please call 01484 519988 or email [email protected]