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National Youth Worker of the Year Awards 2017

Nominate now!

News posted: 28-Nov-2016

We are delighted to announce that the 10th National Youth Worker of the Year Awards are now open for nominations.

The Awards celebrate the outstanding commitment, service and impact that youth workers, managers and partners have on the lives of the young people of Scotland.

This is our 10th Anniversary and we have used a small focus group to help us reshape some of the Awards and tidy up the criteria. The Awards recognise the various categories of youth workers and the various roles that they undertake throughout Scotland.

The Key Youth Work Awards grouping has been created for youth workers and managers for work that is delivered in youth work settings. These include:

  • Full-time Youth Worker of the Year (sponsored by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service)
  • Part-time Youth Worker of the Year (less than 16 hours per week) (sponsored by Youth Scotland)
  • Volunteer Youth Worker of the Year (sponsored by Young Scot)
  • Youth Worker Supporting Attainment (sponsored by Education Scotland)
  • Team of the Year (sponsored by CLD Standards Council for Scotland)
  • Inspirational Leadership (sponsored by DofE Scotland)

These awards are open to voluntary, charitable and public sector bodies that deliver youth work activities in youth work settings. The overall Youth Worker of the Year will be selected from these six categories.

Awards for individuals and organisations that support and make an impact on the delivery of youth work. These include:

  • Youth Work Partnership Award (sponsored by Scottish Community Safety Network)
  • Time to Shine Arts & Creativity Award (sponsored by Time to Shine/Creative Scotland)
  • Youth Work Champion of the Year (sponsored by YouthLink Scotland)
  • Youth Work in Different Settings (sponsorship available)

These awards are open to individuals and groups as described in the criteria for that award.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards (sponsored by SQA) remain but with a tightened criteria and will be in the gift of the Board of YouthLink Scotland. Nominations may be submitted in the normal way or come from the YouthLink Scotland Board and will be considered by representatives from the YouthLink Scotland Board.

**Diary Date - The National Youth Worker of the Year Awards Dinner 2017 will take place on Thursday 16 March at the Crowne Plaza Glasgow.**

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Guidance Notes

Nomination Form (Preferred Version)

Nomination Form (Word Version)

Contact: Susan Symington, Tel: 0131 313 2488 [ e-mail ]

New YouthLink Scotland Board Members

News posted: 26-Nov-2016

It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you our new Office Bearers: Very Rev. Dr. Lorna Hood (Chairperson), Fraser Falconer (Vice Chairperson) and Gavin Whitefield CBE DL (Honorary Treasurer) who were all elected at last week’s AGM.  

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing Board members Alex Linkston CBE, Tony Boffey, Bob Allan and Col Robbie Gibson OBE who have all given so many years of great service to the cause of young people. 

The new Office Bearers are very keen to get started and they will be undergoing their induction between now and the February Board meeting.  

Community Resilience Resource Development for Youth Work

Call for workshop participants

News posted: 25-Nov-2016

YouthLink Scotland is working in partnership with Scottish Government to increase awareness of resilience principles within the youth work sector. This will include developing resources to support youth workers to engage with young people around resilience issues and being ready for emergencies. The Ready Scotland website will give you an idea of the topic. Supporting young people to be ready for emergencies and to help their communities to be more resilient has clear links with the National Youth Work Outcomes, particularly 1, 5 and 6 as well as outdoor learning, volunteering and the #iwill campaign.

We are looking for youth workers (paid or voluntary) and young people to contribute to the development of these resources. You don’t need to be an expert in the topic already, but be willing to think about the issues and work together to develop some activities and review existing resources to ensure they are fit for purpose. The process is likely to involve a one day workshop, with discussion online before and afterwards.

This might be of particular interest to young people who have dealt with an emergency in their community e.g. flooding. They could share any advice, support and preparatory information that was or would have been useful from their youth workers.

Please get in touch with Liz Green by email here or phone 0131 313 2488 with your note of interest and/or any queries. 

Community Resilience and Youth Work

Ready for Emergencies CPD Session

News posted: 25-Nov-2016

This FREE training opportunity from YouthLink Scotland and Scottish Government Community Resilience professionals will take place from 1.45pm to 3.15pm on Thursday 8 December, after the YouthLink Scotland Members Network meeting in Edinburgh.

Explore learning for sustainability in a practical context, bringing issues related to climate change and The Global Goals (SDGs) to life in your local community.

The training will explore how young people can be more resilient and better prepared for emergencies and the role of youth work within this.

We will discuss the roles that young people can play within their communities to support emergency response.

You will also be introduced to some tools to use in youth work practice to engage with young people around resilience issues.

This training is free, however if you don’t attend on the day without informing us in advance you may be charged a £20 admin fee.

Please book your place by emailing John Wilkinson.

If you have any queries please email Liz Green.

Launch of Playing Together

A Post-Symposium Report 2016

News posted: 23-Nov-2016

The Playing Together Symposium was a landmark event for the coming together of two well established sectors impacting on the lives of Scotland’s children and young people. We share the vision of Scotland being the best place to be young and grow up.

The symposium and this report is an opportunity for our two sectors to ‘join the dots’; to make the connections; and to begin a conversation of how the play and youth work strategies can complement one another and that our practices and provisions for children and young people do so too.

It was a delight for both organisations, Play Scotland and YouthLink Scotland to collaborate in hosting the symposium and in the publication of this report we reinforce our commitment to jointly progress our shared interests.

This report is intended to give an overview of the symposium’s themes and to prompt further meaningful debate, dialogue and collaboration between the two sectors. As national membership organisations for play work and youth work we are committed to ensuring that there is further time and space for continued conversation and action to progress the step identified in this report.

The report was launched on 24 November at Play Scotland’s AGM by the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, Tam Baillie.

Please get in touch with Emily Beever if you would like to receive a hard copy.

Recognising & Realising &Children's Rights

Education Scotland and YouthLink Scotland Train the Trainer Programme

News posted: 22-Nov-2016

RRCR is a FREE train the trainer programme aiming to increase the skills and capacity of the youth work sector to:

  • Raise awareness and develop knowledge/understanding of the UNCRC.
  • Allow individuals and teams to evaluate their practice and work-streams in light of the UNCRC.
  • Support rights-based practice across their organisations.
  • Support partners &stakeholders to recognise and realise Children’s Rights.

We welcome applications from those interested in acquiring these skills and resources who will be able to in turn deliver the training programme to other members of staff/partners in their local area.  

Find out more here.

Online booking

Contact: Sarah Robertson, Tel: 0131 313 2488 [ e-mail ]

No Knives, Better Lives

News posted: 14-Nov-2016

NKBL Practitioner Training
This year’s training has been updated and incorporates our new Mark's Story toolkit and updated Sharp Solutions 2.0 Toolkit. It is designed to support anyone working directly with young people and deliver knife crime prevention sessions and programmes using a youth work approach. The training should be useful to youth workers, campus officers/community liaison officers, teachers, youth justice workers, sports coaches and anyone else working directly with young people and with a prevention role. As always, if you want us to run a local training at any point get in touch with us and we’ll see what we can do.

NKBL Module for Peer Education Groups

For Existing Peer Education groups- we are  offering bespoke NKBL training to peer education groups that would like to add “knife carrying/knife crime” to the range of topics that they can deliver.

Groups do not have to have had any previous involvement with the NKBL programme but should be part of an active, established peer education programme. The training will offer young peer educators and supporting practitioners an overview of issues related to knife carrying and young people, an introduction to the range of NKBL resources available  and support to begin designing workshops to deliver to other young people

The training will be delivered by Fast Forward. To book a session please email Jane Dailly (NKBL National Delivery Team) or phone 0131 313 2488.

NKBL Comms Campaign

Follow 'Mark's Story' and see what happens next, with each month focusing on the next part of the story. We are targeting the message via our NKBL Facebook and Twitter and to ensure that we're reaching young people in your area, we are looking for partners to support this by sharing the material that we put out with young people that you have contact with. Young Scot is sharing the same messages targeting it to young people and in addition to their FB & TW they are putting out a bespoke Snapchat story each month following the monthly theme.

To make it easier to get involved at any stage, previous months messages are all on our website for sharing, check them out now!

For more information email Orielle Taylor here or phone 0131 313 2488.

YouthLink Scotland Blog Site

News posted: 12-Nov-2016

YouthLink Scotland's latest blogs...

  • How can we understand and tackle Extremism and Radicalisation? Sarah Robinson Galloway, YouthLink Scotland, on the roots of extremism in young people and sharing good practice.
  • Are you #willing? George Thomson, Volunteer Scotland, talks empathy, young people and untapped potential.

We are always looking for people to contribute their views and ideas to our blog site. So far the standard of blogging has been fantastic and subjects that have really stimulated debate. Please get in touch if you would like to join our esteemed list of bloggers, radical viewpoints welcome. We are looking for as wide a range of contributors as possible with a diverse mix of views.

If you would like to contribute to the site please email Gwen Amant or phone 0131 313 2488.

How Useful is Research to Your Youth Work Practice?

News posted: 12-Nov-2016

The Scottish Youth Work Research Steering Group produced an overview of current youth work research in June. It details and links relevant current research for the Scottish youth work sector, including academic articles, organisational impact reports and data sources on young people. We are interested to know how useful this tool has been for youth work practitioners and how we can improve it.

We want to hear from you. Do you use the document to shape your practice? Never heard of it but interested in learning more? Email Emily Beever or call 0131 313 6815 to share your thoughts.

Legal Helpline for Youth Workers

News posted: 15-Feb-2016

We would like to remind everyone about the FREE 24 hour HelpLine, ‘YouthLink Scotland Law Line’, for youth workers and youth work organisations in partnership with J. C. Hughes Solicitors.

This is a first port of call service for all youth workers and does not aim to take the place of any corporate legal advice organisations may retain. The law line will give comfort to many workers who may need immediate advice or help out of office hours. 

Telephone - 0141 778 2468 (Quoting YouthLink Scotland)

  • All calls taken by a fully qualified solicitor.
  • 24/7 cover.
  • Completely free and confidential advice.
  • Email and phone line responses.

Download the flyer here.

 YouthLink Scotland is a Scottish company limited by guarantee, no. 164547, Charity reference SCO03923 
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