Fitzrovia Youth in Action (FYA) is committed to the continuous enhancement of the quality of activities and opportunities provided. FYA has undertaken a strategic and evidence-driven approach to improve the quality of learning opportunities.
We participate in the following quality assurance programmes:
FYA has been awarded a Gold Level London Youth Quality Mark, a quality assurance scheme accredited by City and Guilds.
FYA has achieved all three levels within London Youth’s Quality Mark; Bronze, Silver and Gold. The Bronze award focuses on the policies and procedures clubs need to have in place to ensure they are operating legally and safely. Silver focuses more on the opportunities provided to young people, as well as their training and support provided to staff and volunteers. The Gold award is a badge of excellence which focuses on providing evidence that the club is committed to continuous improvement and involves young people at all levels.
FYA’s monitoring and evaluation framework for youth social action is validated by the Project Oracle Youth Evidence Hub. Project Oracle is an accreditation programme that supports youth organisations gather high quality evidence and produce robust evaluation frameworks.
FYA has achieved Project Oracle’s Level 1 Standard of Evidence. This means FYA has in place a coherent and plausible description of the rationale that lies behind this work. This includes a description of project activities, intended outcomes and aims, how these are connected and what assumptions are being made; therefore providing all the elements needed for a Theory of Change. The accreditation also includes plans for evaluating the outcomes described and the timeline for implementing this.
Fitzrovia Youth in Action was the first Camden youth agency to be awarded with Healthy Futures, the borough’s local health quality mark, in November 2017.
Healthy Futures brings together the different elements of improving health within one programme, ensuring that clear, consistent and evidenced-based health messages are being communicated to young people. The programme focuses primarily on increasing young people’s ability and confidence to make healthy choices for themselves both now and in the future, but also supports signposting and referrals to targeted services. The award covers the following health topics: healthy eating, physical activity, substance misuse, sexual health, and mental health.
FYA was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in June 2019, the highest award given to voluntary organisations in the UK to recognise outstanding contributions made to local communities. The Award recognises groups whose work with volunteers has significantly benefited others and claims it ‘sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering’. The award is the equivalent to the MBE and is managed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
Young people who have excelled, overcome obstacles or made sacrifices to help others had their achievements recognised at the Camden Youth Awards in March 2019. FYA won the category of Youth Volunteering Project for its peer education programme. The project supported young volunteers in youth clubs and schools across Camden to design and deliver awareness workshops about issues of concern. 130 young volunteers took part and delivered 17 campaigns on issues such as bullying, youth conflict, young men needing to express feelings, depression, relationships, and much more. Over 1,000 young people participated in these workshops.
The Children & Young People Now Awards describe themselves as the gold standard to recognise innovation, excellence and demonstrable impact on the lives of children and young people. In November 2018, FYA was shortlisted for this national award as a finalist in the category of Youth Volunteering and Social Action. This category recognises work with young people to make a difference in their communities or to their peers, through volunteering, social action or campaigning. The judges looked for entries where children and young people have taken the lead in planning and organising the work, as well as delivering it.