Our History

Established in 1964, VOYC Devon (Voluntary Organisations for Young People and Children), is a diverse and growing network of over 223 national networks, local organisations and associates all of whom either work with or support work with and for children and young people.

VOYC is the only Devon wide independent body that represents voluntary and community children and young people organisations in Devon. Through the work that we do, we are helping such organisations to build their capacity to deliver quality work.

VOYC Vision

We want Devon to be a place where all children and young people are supported to achieve their full potential.

VOYC Mission / Aims

VOYC will champion and strengthen Children and Young People Organisations in Devon by:

  • Promoting good practice, efficiency and effectiveness of the voluntary and community sector in Devon within its members' organisations for children and young people up to 25 years.
  • Providing timely and relevant information and advice to member organisations in all aspects of work with children and young people.
  • Actively supporting the work of its member organisations to deliver services to children and young people without discrimination so as to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities.
  • Maximising the opportunities to member organisations to obtain support from financial and non-financial sources for the furtherance of this work.
  • To vigorously represent at all appropriate levels the interests of its members in the furtherance of their work with children and young people.
  • To innovate, explore, develop and assist our members deliver the best for their children and young people.

The VOYC Values:

  • Being committed to providing accessible, high quality services for everyone working with children and young people within the VCS.
  • Valuing the talents, skills and expertise of its stakeholders, staff and members of the Trustee Board; encouraging their participation in the policy making and strategy process.
  • Ensuring that all organisations from within its membership have an equal right to access opportunities and participate in decision making.
  • Value its own independence and that of its member organisations and recognises the importance of this independence in relation to its function of acting as the voice of the children and young people’s voluntary and community sector.
  • Value its members shared commitment to children and young people and those staff (paid & unpaid) who work with them and being committed to act as an advocate on behalf of the sector in these areas.