Welcome to TAG: The Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work (TAG:PALYCW). The Association represents youth and community work educators, academics and researchers across the UK, with international links to youth and community work education in countries such as the Republic of Ireland, Australia and across Europe.
The Association has its roots in the emergence of youth and community work as a distinct profession in the UK and we often refer to ourselves as TAG, in recognition of the former 'Training Agencies Group' that enabled the development of many youth and community work education programmes in the UK dating back to the 1970's. TAG was superseded by The Professional Association in 2010 but recognition of TAG is retained in the legal title of the Association and is used interchangeably by members.
The purpose of the Association is to support research, education and training in youth and community work with a particular concern for higher education, and we represent in excess of 200 educators at over 50 institutions and agencies across the UK. As researchers, educators and academics we draw from different perspectives and approaches across the UK youth and community work sector, but the thing that unites us is the belief in youth and community work as a distinctive way of working with young people and communities.
We welcome new interest in the Association and are seeking to diversify our membership to include representation from educators that are working in further education colleges, with training providers or as independent agents. Please take some time to explore the benefits of membership through this website, sign up for one the Association's conferences or our member's events, and connect with fellow educators across the UK.
I'm Alastair Scott-McKinley and I took up the role as Chair of the Association in Sept 2016. I am a Community Youth Work Lecturer at the Ulster University in Northern Ireland.
I look forward to working with you during the year ahead and am grateful for the support of my fellow directors, the secretariat and wider membership. I know there is a great depth of experience across our membership and we will be calling on this experience as we launch our priorities for 2016-2017.
I encourage you to read our statement on thematic priorities for 2016-17, as you will see, we are committed to both specific actions, dialogue, and raising important questions in the year ahead.
As a member organisation, our aspiration and commitment is to work creatively and critically with these priority themes, we hope to do so in a collaborative manner with a view to strengthening and building strong youth and community education within our sector. I would ask you to consider how you and your colleagues can get involved in Association activities throughout year to support the achievement of these objectives.
Thank you for taking time to read this message and I look forward to engaging with you and your colleagues in the months ahead.