Chief executive Susanne Rauprich among redundancies as youth charity closes its doors

She has led the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, which will cease to exist tomorrow, since 1994

Susanne Rauprich
Susanne Rauprich

Four of the five staff at the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services will be made redundant, including the woman who has led the charity since 1994, when it closes tomorrow.

The London-based charity, which is the representative body for more than 200 voluntary and community youth organisations, announced earlier this month in a letter to its members that it would be closing on 1 April. It has agreed to transfer its services to two other youth services groups.

Its chief executive, Susanne Rauprich, who has led the charity since 1994, is among the staff who are being made redundant. She told Third Sector she was still considering her next steps.

The fifth employee, membership services manager Nichola Brown, and one of the charity’s trustees have agreed to join the youth services charity Ambition, formerly known as Clubs for Young People, which will also take over some NCVYS services.

The decision to close the charity will be ratified by members at an extraordinary general meeting this afternoon.

"Our closure is a natural part of our evolution and a first step towards reconfiguration in the wider youth sector," said the letter to members, which was published on the NCVYS website on 11 March. "We know that the need for collaboration and leadership remains and that the sector will be called on to provide it. We are confident that Ambition will enable and facilitate the necessary platform for this and urge you to support and partner with them in doing so."

The letter said that NCVYS’s membership services, sector representation and other related functions would be transferred to Ambition, which represents youth club and community projects, local authority heads of services and housing associations. It said that several other initiatives would be transferred to UK Youth, the largest national body for the youth sector. Rauprich said this meant that all the charity’s services had found homes.

NCVYS and Ambition began merger talks in January after a series of consultation events in November and December highlighted the need for cross-sector alliances and a strong, shared vision for youth services.

The projects that UK Youth has taken over include Creative Collisions, an annual conference for the youth sector previously run as a collaboration between several youth organisations, and the Awards Network, which promotes and shares good practice in the youth services sector. UK Youth will also take on NCVYS’s safeguarding resources and services, its partnership with the Muslim Council of Britain and a collaborative project with the Centre for Youth Impact.

Anna Smee, chief executive of UK Youth, said: "NCVYS has played an important role in representing the youth sector over the past 80 years. It has brought together the diverse and important work of uniformed and non-uniformed youth organisations, large and small, to enable them to speak with one voice."

She said that Rauprich had been tireless in her dedication to young people throughout her 21 years in the post and she would leave a legacy that would live on through the transfer of services to UK Youth and Ambition, and the continuing work of NCVYS members, including the Scout Association, Girlguiding and the YMCA.

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