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.

Past Events

Webinar: Mental Toughness: its importance for youth organisations

28 March 2017 London

Ambition has teamed up with AQR International, a leader in the field of mental toughness, to bring members series of complimentary webinars. Development of mental toughness and a positive mindset impacts on performance, wellbeing and behaviour and has emerged as a significant factor in the development of young people, helping them to do better at school, find employment and improve their health and wellbeing.
The first webinar in this series will look at this important area and will examine briefly:

  • What is mental toughness, mindset and resilience?
  • How can I assess mental toughness and what it means for youth organisations and their service users alike?
  • Why it is probably the most important aspect of people and organisation development today?
  • How can I develop mine and others mental toughness?

Register your interest here. Please note that Ambition events have been fully booked within a short space of time, if you are interested in attending, we would advise you to register at your earliest convenience. Presentation 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


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

6 March 2017, 10.30 - 12.30; London

On 6 March, over 50 colleagues attended our jointly organised event hosted at the Home Office, in partnership with the University of Exeter. We reviewed and explored research on character, its effects on crime propensity, how this impacts on current practice and potential developments for future practice. 

The mixture of academic input and the experience of practitioners allowed for an informed debate about how we support more effective collaboration, not only within the youth sector but across government departments and priorities, and how we can ensure effective practice is adequately resourced and recognised. 

Presentations / Reports

Adversity, Traumatic Brain Injury


Huw Williams is an Associate Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology and Co-Director of the Centre for Clinical Neuropsychology Research (CCNR) at Exeter University. 


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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