Events Calendar

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Ambition events bring you face-to-face with experts working to improve the lives of young people. Our events are free or subsidised for Premium members. This is a fantastic way to meet others from our national network. Reserve your place today!

Addressing health and wellbeing opportunities in partnership with Public Health England and Brook. These events run throughout the year so be sure to follow our twitter @ambitiontalk for further updates on our next health seminar.

Current Events

Local Networks Practice Exchange Forum

1 March 2017, 12pm - 4.30pm; Manchester

The next practice exchange forum meeting aimed at local or regional networks that support voluntary and community youth organisations, takes place at Rathbone’s office in central Manchester. Further details will be available in the next few weeks, but it will be free for members to attend and will provide an opportunity to network, discuss challenges and share practice. To register early interest in this event, please email


Preventing Youth Crime: discussing associated aspects of character and potential interventions

6 March 2017, 10.30 - 12.30; London

Analysts from the Home Office will be hosting a workshop to discuss current evidence on character.

We will facilitate an interactive workshop covering the evidence that certain aspects of character are strongly linked with commiting crime, for example impulsivity (lack of self-control) and lack of empathy.

We will explore evidence which suggests that these traits are not necessarily innate, for example they can be affected by negative early-years experiences, nor are these character traits immutable, and we will go on to discuss potential interventions.

You can book a place here.


An introduction to Young People’s Mental Health for frontline workers

8 March 2017 London

As part of our work with the Young People’s Health Partnership we will be facilitating a number of CPD health related good practice workforce development workshops aiming to improve skills of youth workers and practitioners when approaching young people to discuss health related matters. This free workshop will serve as an introduction to Young People’s Mental Health for frontline workers sharing information about adolescent development and mental health.

The Introduction to Young People’s Mental Health for frontline workers workshop will provide:

  • A framework for thinking about mental health
  • Information about adolescent development mental health
  • Information about risk and resilience factors
  • It will increase participant’s understanding of: young people’s health, how you can help – supporting resilience and signposting young people to local specialist services.

This workshop is fully booked. To register interest, in case of cancellations, please email

Past Events

South East Youth Partnership/Network Meeting

13 February 2017, 2pm - 4pm; Kingston Upon Thames

For strategic lead professionals commissioning, supporting or providing young people services in the South East region. The meeting aims to provide participants with opportunities to share practice, discuss challenges & opportunities and review current policy priorities relating to young people services. For more information or to register please contact


Social Investment Bonds – Webinar

24 January 2017, 2-4pm

Ambition is excited to announce we have teamed up with Dr Chih Hoong Sin, Director of Innovation and Social Investment, at the OPM Group to deliver a webinar about Social Investment Bonds (SIBs) to our members. Dr Chih Hoong Sin has a long-standing interest in working with organisations in the statutory, voluntary and community, and private sectors to demonstrate their social and economic impact and value. Currently, Chih Hoong is working with Big Society Capital, the Big Lottery Fund and other key players to support the delivery of the Life Chances Fund.

The webinar will be covering:

  • What is a SIB and why may it be relevant to you?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges/risks?
  • What have we learned from the experiences of others engaged in SIBs?
  • What you might need to think about if you are interested in SIBs,
  • Current opportunities for engaging with SIBs,
  • Useful resources and tools,
  • Q&A.

For further information or complimentary registration, please email and login details will be sent to you prior to the event.


Stayin' Alive - Local Networks Practice Exchange Forum

7 September 2016, 12.30-16.30; Vauxhall, London 

Many local networks continue to struggle to survive in this current challenging environment. Some are diversifying into traded activities, working more closely with corporates and working as part of consortiums to deliver more generic infrastructure contracts. This event provides an opportunity to reflect upon the changes happening to youth infrastructure support and to learn from others to help inform your own strategies as you strive to thrive. For more information or to register please contact


Making Activities Deaf Friendly – Free Training Workshop

Fully booked - please register your interest in future workshops by contacting

13 October, 10:30-16:30, Birmingham

A free workshop aimed at those that work directly with young people who would like to make their activities inclusive for deaf young people. It will also cover how to get deaf young people volunteering and participating in activities. Young volunteers will be involved in the delivery of the workshop. This event is organised by our member the National Deaf Children’s Society, in partnership with Ambition. A free lunch is included. Places are also available to organisations within the networks of our members. For further information, please refer to the Info Sheet. This workshop is now fully booked. Please register your interest in future workshops by contacting


Ambition 2016, Annual Conference

7-8 November 2016, Milton Keynes

Register now for Ambition’s third annual conference aimed at organisations that work with young people, including voluntary and community organisations, local authorities, professional bodies and businesses. The conference will present the latest news and insights from renowned leaders of the youth sector and will provide a platform to exchange ideas with friends and colleagues from a diverse network across the country. Be sure to follow @ambitiontalk on Twitter for live updates. For more information please contact




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