Useful Resources

At Ambition we aim to provide our members with the support, resources and information they need to help ensure they can deliver youth work of the highest quality.

On this page we've included links to a range of useful documents and reports to help do this.


Simply The Best

Developed to help voluntary and community sector organisations working with children and young people understand and engage with quality work through guidance, good practice and links to resources. Features Ambition’s own quality standard, Ambition Quality.

Children England


Growing Up Giving

Research aiming to understand how young people think about charities and charitable giving, including understanding what might encourage more young people to get involved. (March 2013)

The Charities Aid Foundation


Creating the business case for investing in sport for development work for disadvantaged young people in the UK

The first ever attempt to assess the impact and value of the sport for development sector across a range of social policy outcomes. (February 2013)

Sported / Substance


Youth Index 2013

Research around the wellbeing of young people, measuring how confident and happy they feel about their lives and their futures across a variety of areas.

The Prince's Trust


A Return To Ancient Truths

Tips for commissioners on providing services for young people through consortia of local voluntary organisations. (October 2012)

Community Matters / The Confederation of Heads of Young People's Services / FPM


Involving Young People in Local Government Decision Making

The Youth Voice Vehicle Self Assessment Report (July-August 2012).

British Youth Council


Key Data on Adolescence 2011

Association for Young People's Health

11k youth clubs and community projects in England

£1m given to our members for local work with young people

1,000 training awards delivered in a year

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