Young Devon

We’re the largest young people’s charity in the South West, working with over 2,000 young people annually to build quality relationships helping them thrive.
http://www.youngdevon.org

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The mission at Young Devon, the largest young people's charity in the Southwest, is to make the county a better place for all young people. A place where they are respected; a place where they can get the help they need; a place where their voices are heard; a place where they have a safe place to call home; a place where they can thrive.

Each year, the charity's staff of 150 – plus more than 150 supported and trained volunteers, apprentices and hosts – works with more than 2,000 young people, building quality relationships to improve the odds in their favour.

Ivybridge-based Young Devon, which started more than 70 years ago as a support organisation for local youth clubs, has not stopped working over the course of the pandemic across its 34 projects. The accommodation team alone provides over 60,000 bed nights a year to make sure no one goes without a roof over their heads.

Throughout the first lockdown – before which the charity already began to move to remote working, having forecast its arrival by a couple of weeks – it developed ways of staying in touch. This ranged from regular email and video updates from CEO Andrew Moreman to chocolates being delivered to every member of the housing staff and to host families.

Young Devon says it will never want to be 100% online but the vast majority of interaction between colleagues has now moved to videoconferencing. “Some meetings just don't need to go back to being in person,” it believes.

Featured Workplace Factors

Leadership

97% of staff agreed

The leader of this organisation runs this organisation based on sound moral principles

The charity has a good mix of senior leaders who have been in the organisation for up to 20 years and those for fewer than five. This keeps some of the history and narrative of Young Devon in balance with the constant need to develop to meet young people's needs.

My Company

94% of staff agreed

I love working for this organisation

Young Devon has developed a set of annual workforce commitments and in the past year these have included improving public awareness of its work – achieved through changes to its marketing and partnerships with the BBC and local companies – and reviewing pay and benefits, including implementing the national living wage.

Fair Deal

48% of staff agreed

I feel I receive fair pay for the responsibilities I have in my job

Employees get 30 days' annual leave – in effect 38, including bank holidays and the like. This amounts to 10 days more than statutory and five days more than UK average. The charity believes this is crucial recovery and rest time for staff who undertake demanding work with young people.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1949
Total number of employees
13
Number of UK locations
44
Employee average age
24% : 76%
Male : Female employee ratio
2%
Employees earning £35k+
19%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

Benefits

Holidays

Companies offering a minimum of 26 days annual leave to all employees.

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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Quote from the top...
“Working with young people who need help can be a real challenge; working with young people who need help during the pandemic has tested every member of our staff to their limits. Achieving a 3 Star Accreditation at a critical time like this is truly inspiring. This achievement tells us everything we need to know about how Young Devon colleagues feel about their jobs, about each other and about working for Young Devon. This Accreditation is not a celebration of the charity or the organisation, this is a celebration of the people who have stood by each other, and by the young people they're helping in the toughest times we’ve known. I am truly in awe of each one of them.”

Andy Morema, Chief Executive - Young Devon

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