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- Affiliation

If you manage, run or are thinking of setting up provision for young people in Somerset, or are a youth work provider, affiliating to Somerset Youth and Community Service provides access to a wide range of services, support, advice and opportunities. It also ensures we can keep you up to date with new developments.


There is no need to feel isolated; 
you can get help and advice from our friendly, expert team.


Affiliation is free of charge and is recommended for any club or organisation which provides or supports open-access provision for 11 to 19 year olds.


Click here to download the 2018-20 affiliation form for clubs

Click here to download the 2018-20 affiliation form for youth work providers

Click here to download the 2018-20 affiliation form for other organisations 




Affiliation provides...


  • support to set up new clubs and sustain existing clubs, including help and advice with:
    • policies
    • governance
    • health and safety (including risk assessments)
    • safeguarding
  • access to grant funding (terms and conditions apply, see website for details) and fundraising advice
  • fulfils affiliation requirements for youth club insurance policies
  • at least one visit per year from a qualified and experienced professional Youth & Community Officer to offer advice and support as required
  • support and advice by email or telephone
  • template policies and documents, as well as a range of youth work resources
  • bespoke youth work training programmes
  • accredited Basic Child Protection training for your staff and volunteers
  • support for your club to achieve Benchmark awards
  • access to Endeavour Credits, a way of formally recognising young people's achievements in their youth club
  • monthly information bulletins, plus additional updates as relevant opportunities and information become available
  • chance to advertise jobs, events etc on the ‘News' section of our service website


Conditions of affiliation.

By affiliation to SYCS, your club or organisation confirms that it will:

  • work with Somerset Youth and Community Service to provide the best possible provision 
  • Operate within the Somerset County Council geographic area
  • Work with young people within the 11-19 age range in a universal, open-access setting
  • Be correctly constituted and governed and covered by Public Liability Insurance (where necessary)
  • Have at least one member of staff who is Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) cleared and have an appointed Safeguarding Lead who has been appropriately trained.
  • Provide brief data to us each year about the age, gender and number of young people you work with, the hours of provision you provide and the type of activities you offer.
  • Not promote religious or political beliefs through activities supported by SYCS
  • Affiliation is valid for two years