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Doug Nicholls, Unite's national secretary for youth and community workers, has commended Home Secretary Jacqui Smith for her recognition of the value of youth workers in her TUC conference speech last week. But he added that 4,000 new full-time workers were needed in areas with high levels of deprivation.

Budding young David Attenboroughs can now adopt a square kilometre of space to explore wildlife in their local area with the relaunch of the RSPB's WildSquare scheme.

A programme to recruit more young members to the Communications Workers Union (CWU) and fast-track them to senior positions has received a boost of nearly 80,000 from the Union Modernisation Fund.

A crime reduction project based on Positive Futures, which uses sport to engage with disadvantaged young people, has been launched in South Africa.

Scouts in Bradford are to get a 10,000 birthday present from the local council to mark the centenary of the Scouting movement. The money will be presented on 19 September and split between four scouting districts.

Education: Calls for compulsory student councils

By Nancy Rowntree |

18 September 2007

The government is under mounting pressure to make school councils compulsory, but has been accused of caving in to teachers' unions who oppose the move.

A Devon scheme to get young people involved in their communities is to be trialled across England.

Youth information agency Young Scot is to use podcasts to help marginalised young people reconnect with society.

On-site youth services are to be an integral part of three academy schools opened this week by Christian youth charity Oasis.

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has struck an agreement with the London Borough of Southwark to give up to 350 youth professionals and social workers financial literacy training.