Commissioning youth work


Cheltenham Borough Council, Cheltenham Borough Homes, NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and the parish councils of Charlton Kings, Leckhampton with Warden Hill and Up Hatherley recognise the negative impact on the lives of young people and on the wider community of the limited availability of universal youth provision, so have joined forces to commission additional universal youth work in Cheltenham. This forms part of our commitment to collective investment through No Child Left Behind, to help all young people to thrive.

The outcomes we want to deliver

Young people in Cheltenham have access to a range of places to go and things to do, delivered through sustained, high quality and effective youth work practice.

We want to commission additional youth work which is mainly detached, that complements existing provision and is:

  • Universal, in that it is open to all young people as opposed to being targeted intervention;
  • Ideally delivered by one organisation, or a partnership of organisations;
  • High quality and delivered by skilled, qualified youth workers (with support from trained volunteers), who are employed by an organisation experienced in delivering youth work. 
  • Delivered across the borough, where it is needed (including assurance of delivery and benefit to young people in the areas listed below under Target Cohort);
  • Diversionary, offering young people a different experience, led by their needs and wants.  To meet the requirements of one of the funding sources, we would expect to see some of the provision include opportunities for creative or cultural expression, whether that is in partnership with another local organisation or you have the skills to deliver this yourself;
  • Considers ways to reduce health inequalities and support the mental wellbeing of the  young people engaged with;

The work should ideally start in July 2021 and run for 12 months, including both term time and school holidays. 

Funding available

There is a total of up to £60,000 available, subject to confirmation, made up of the following contributions:

  • £20,000 from Cheltenham Borough Council
  • £20,000 from NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • £5000 from Charlton Kings Parish Council
  • £5000 from Leckhampton with Warden Hill Parish Council (to be confirmed)
  • £5000 from Up Hatherley Parish Council (to be confirmed)
  • £5000 from Cheltenham Borough Homes

Target cohort

Young people aged 11-18 who are at risk of engaging in risky behaviour, including anti-social behaviour and getting drawn into other criminal activity.  The target cohorts should be identified through liaison with schools, Cheltenham Borough Homes, social prescriber link workers, Police and parish councils.  Provision should be available borough wide, but you must be able to deliver to young people in Charlton Kings parish council area; Leckhampton with Warden Hill parish council area; Up Hatherley Parish Council area; Oakley; The Moors and the town centre

How to apply

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 11 May, 5pm.

For more information and guidance, please email