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The History of YSS is very important to us, as it has shaped our organisational culture and the delivery of our services across Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Warwickshire.

Key Events for YSS


ISS (Intensive Support Scheme) was formed, with a management board consisting of representatives from Social Services, Youth Services, Education, Probation, Police and Magistrates and hosted under the umbrella of the Worcester Diocesan Board for social responsibility. A pioneering emergency overnight placement (EOP) service was developed for 10- to 17-year-olds in custody detained by police pending a Court hearing. This meant that they were not kept in a police cell overnight, and allowed for a detailed assessment of their circumstances prior to attending a first Court hearing.


YSS secures funding from the Youth Justice Board to deliver a Bail Support Service across Worcestershire and Herefordshire, and funding to pilot a Volunteer Appropriate Adult Service. Both services support those aged between 10 and 17 years old. To read more about the Appropriate Adult service please visit the service page on our website.


After changing its name from “ISS” to “YSS (Youth Support Services)” in 1994, YSS is registered as an independent charity and company limited by guarantee. The first chair of Trustees is Tricia Bradbury MBE DL JP.


YSS is a delivery partner for the ESF funded service, Connect, managed by West Mercia Probation Trust. Connect is about delivering through the gate support for people serving prison sentences of 12 months or less across the West Midlands. Connect offered joined up services, a collaborative approach, and achieved impressive outcomes in the five years of delivery.


HRH The Princess Royal became our Patron. Click here to read more.


YSS secures four years funding from the Lloyds Bank Foundation to increase the understanding of YSS staff and volunteers around mental health illness for people in the Criminal Justice System. YSS also becomes a registered UK centre for Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).


YSS gains its largest single contract to deliver early help services, through a service called EnHance commissioned by Shropshire Council, for young people and their families aged 0-19 years. YSS drops “Youth Support Services” from its name, becoming “YSS”, as services expand to support young adults, adults, and families


In 30+ years, we have developed a strong track record of engaging some of the most under-supported people in society. We have built up a number of specialities surrounding key strands that run through all our services, including Employability, Education and Training, and Mental Health Support. YSS currently delivers 17 services, and makes a difference to over 2,000 people a year.


During 2021, we developed our theory of change. YSS’s impact focuses on developing people’s emotional resilience so they can thrive and feel that they belong in their local community. For more information, click here


In 2022, YSS developed its four-year strategy encompassing the theory of change and all aspects of our volunteering, and Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion strategy. YSS has also embarked on a project of digital transformation where we changed all our computer systems and databases, as well as our referral mechanisms.

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