Growing Up in the West Midlands

G:up is an alliance of West Midlands, children, young people and families’, voluntary and community sector organisations and networks as well as public sector and national partners.

G:up works in a regional space to develop networks, communications and collaboration, build capacity and shape policy and strategy.

G:up’s vision is that all children, young people and families have access to a wide range of high quality VCS services that meet their needs, interests and aspirations.

G:up in brief:

Our members represent the diversity of the children, young people (ages 0‐19) and families, voluntary and community sector across the West Midlands region.

G:up membership is free and open to different organisations, who support our vision and principles and that work in or with the children, young people and families’ voluntary and community sector (CYPF VCS) within the West Midlands.

We are managed by an Executive Committee who is responsible for the strategic leadership and management of G:up.

We cover the West Midlands region.

Our website is: www.gup.org.uk.

Our quarterly newsletter is packed with the latest on our projects, tools and opportunities: www.gup.org.uk/newsletter.

Our core work is to:

  • Engage – build and strengthen networks and communications
  • Influence – shape policy, locally and regionally
  • Develop – build organisations’ capacity and share learning

Our values are:

  • to collaborate
  • to work openly and inclusively
  • to stay children and young people focused.

We are committed to developing new approaches and new ways of working.

We enable organisations to contribute to policy and strategy at a local and regional level.

We aim to increase the capacity and resources available to infrastrucutre support organisations (ISOs) to enhance the work of CYPF VCOs.

We work with national partners including Children England, NCVYS (National Council for Voluntary Youth Services) and CWDC (Children’s Workforce Development Council) to support our mission and values.