How we work

How we work and the difference we make

Our members work with over 3,500 local youth clubs across the UK. Our members are umbrella youth organisations in cities and counties and countries throughout the UK. We support them to provide the best possible services and opportunities for young people.

Our office in London coordinates our work, influences government and other key decision-makers to make the right choices for youth clubs, as well as developing crucial resources.

Involving young people in how we work is really important to us. Sixty young people from our membership came to our Say Something event to tell us what they thought about our work, how we are run and what our plans should be. They helped shape our three-year strategy. Young people from across our network also regularly input to Ambition's work as part of our youth council.

Our Impact: Recent Highlights

We monitor our impact closely, so we can show our supporters, funders and donors that investing in us makes a difference to young people. We also like to know what we’re doing well – and what isn’t working, so we can improve.

That’s why we invest in the VIEWS system, to help Ambition and our members collect evidence of our good work.

Here is just a taste of Ambition’s successes recently:

  • We distributed more than £600,000 funding to our members to deliver programmes in 2012-13, providing new opportunities for young people in their local communities
  • We launched and continue to promote Ambition Quality, the quality standard for the youth sector and the only one providing supported achievement for youth provision of any size
  • Our successful programme of activities engaged 4,300 young people during 2012-13
  • We became the only organisation in the UK delivering Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence, a personal development programme already being run in 72 countries worldwide, thanks to £1 million Big Lottery funding
  • We provided over 1,000 training opportunities for young people, staff and volunteers from 2012-13
  • More than 300 young leaders have benefitted from programmes delivered by our members, following training and support from Ambition
  • We developed and are rolling out an exciting new business enterprise programme after securing RBS Inspiring Enterprise funding
  • We have started delivering a project improving young people’s access to world-class facilities for sports and the arts, through DfE funding
  • We raised MPs’ awareness of the importance of quality youth clubs and value of community sport for young people’s personal development, through our fringe events at the 2013 party conferences

Read more about Ambition's 2012-13 highlights in our success report, Inspiring Great Youth Work in Every Community.

2000 young people got involved with our sports programmes

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