03 May 2017 at The Mermaid Theatre, London

The UK’s leading youth sector event in 2017!

Thank you to our 600 delegates, speakers, exhibitors and volunteers for attending Creative Collisions 2017, the most significant youth sector event of the year! Sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, Creative Collisions is a collaboration between some of the UK’s most inspiring youth organisations: UK Youth, Girlguiding, The Scout Association, Ambition, Leap Confronting Conflict, NCS, NYA, The Mix, and VInspired.

Check out a snapshot of Creative Collisions 2017 here.



What does the world look like for young people and people working in or volunteering for youth organisations? What are the big issues young people are facing, and how should the youth sector respond?

During the course of the day we explored the issues we are all concerned about and how we might tackle them – with some fantastic examples of people and programmes that inspire us all to change things and to make a difference.

We were joined by our 9 charity partners, the Wellcome Trust, young people and key representatives from Government and further afield as we sought to get to grips with the here and now – and to forge a bright future for young people and youth organisations across the UK.

In between the full sessions, delegates were able to choose from a range of fantastic breakout panels, debates and workshops focused around four themes:

Social Mobility

As Alan Milburn, Chair of the Social Mobility Commission, noted late last year, the rungs on the UK’s social mobility ladder are growing further apart, and the younger generation in particular is running harder to stand still and running low on aspiration and ambition. This stream explores the research, unravels the issues and highlights what’s happening across the youth sector and what needs to happen in government to turn things around.


Who are you? It sounds so simple – but has a myriad of answers. What we mean by race, sex, belief, or gender is evolving all the time. Add to this the growth of digital communities and virtual identities, and life for young people appears to have infinite possibilities and complexities. This stream looks at both the new opportunities and the dangers – and what youth organisations are doing to address them.

Youth Engagement

Whether it’s Brexit, the financial crisis, national politics or the institutions making decisions that affect their local communities, young people are feeling disenfranchised and disconnected. Yet it is the younger generations who, increasingly, are challenging the norms and calling for change, and it is youth organisations who can play a pivotal role. This breakout stream debates the issues, showcases some great ideas and asks how we can do more – and do it differently – to support young people taking responsible action for positive change.

Skills for the Future

This stream focuses on equipping young people and those who work with them with the skills they need to navigate a fast changing future, with a particular role for science, technology, engineering and maths. The sessions will be practical and interactive, covering everything from nutrition to apprenticeships.


8.00am – 9.00am
Registration + Tea and Coffee

Morning sessions: 9.00am – 9.45am
Welcome and Opening Plenary: Forging a Positive Future with Fatima Manji, Channel 4 and performance poet Hussain Manawer

In between plenary sessions you will be able to choose from a range of fantastic breakout panels, debates and workshops focused around four themes impacting and influencing the youth sector and young people today: Social Mobility, Identity, Youth Engagement and Skills for the Future.

YE – Youth Engagement
SM – Social Mobility
I – Identity
SF  – Skills for the Future

9.45am – 10.45am
Breakout Sessions 1 (select your preferred session)
YE: A Political Voice for the Next Generation
SM: Working with Young People to Improve Social Mobility
I: Embracing Diversity in a Frightened World
SF: The Apprentice

10.45am – 11.15am
Coffee/Tea Break

Afternoon sessions: 11.15am – 12.15pm
Breakout Sessions 2 (select your preferred session)
I: Internet Citizens: Let’s make a better web!
YE: Youth Hackathon
SM: Whose Job is it Anyway?
SF: Youth Sector Rebooted

12.15pm – 1.45pm
Lunch and Networking

1.45pm – 2.45pm
Afternoon Plenary: Mental health and the Young Brain with Cognitive Neuroscience Professor, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

2.50pm – 3.50pm
Breakout Sessions 3 (select your preferred session)
SF: An Appetite for Science
YE: By Young People, for Young People
I: The Gender Agenda

3.50pm – 4.15pm

4.15pm – 5.15pm
The Big Debate

5.15pm – 5.30pm
Forging a Positive Future

You must be over 16 years old to attend this event. If you are under 18, you will not be granted entry unless you are accompanied by someone over 18 and with prior written consent from a parent confirming a) parental consent for your attendance to Creative Collisions, and b) Parental consent for your accompanying adult (18+).

Download Consent Form

Young people aged 16 – 25 who attend Creative Collisions 2017 can claim back a contribution towards their travel thanks to European Commission Erasmus+ funding. Please download and complete this form as per the instructions and requirements detailed within.

Download Application Form




For questions about the conference please contact cc@matterandco.com

To get in touch regarding contribution to travel for young people aged 16 -25 please contact Ellie.Locke@ukyouth.org

03 May 2017 at The Mermaid Theatre, London