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Under Pressure - Preventing Abuse and Exploitation in Teen Relationships

FREE Train the Trainer Programme from YouthLink Scotland and Zero Tolerance

News posted: 26-Jul-2016

Applications are now open for a place on the Under Pressure Train the Trainer programme, aiming to increase the skills and capacity of youth work staff to prevent abuse and exploitation in teen relationships.

This FREE training is delivered in partnership between Zero Tolerance and YouthLink Scotland, and is an excellent opportunity to roll out a high quality course for your staff, obtain a great set of resources for tackling abuse and exploitation in young people's relationships in informal education, and make a real difference in the lives of the young people you work with.

Find out more here.

Training dates:

  • Tuesday 27 September in Edinburgh
  • Tuesday 1 November in Glasgow

Download the application form here. The deadline for applications is noon on Friday 26 August.

For further information please contact Sarah Robertson here or Nadine Jassat here.

Staff Changes at YouthLink Scotland

News posted: 26-Jul-2016

Sarah Robertson is our new Senior Development Officer (Training) and is the replacement for Heather McVey during her sabbatical. Sarah is formerly of Glasgow Life and has a rich experience of youth work. Sarah’s main workload will include Equalities; Health (including Under Pressure and Healthy Young Lives Training; Literacies; Police Scotland Adult Volunteers training and the Participative Democracy Certificate.

Emily Beever is the new Senior Development Officer (Policy and Research), covering for Susan Hunter’s maternity leave. Emily comes to us from NUS Scotland and has worked in further and higher education sector in Scotland with a particular focus on improving the educational experience for non-traditional students. Emily will be the main contact for policy consultations, the Members Network, Policy Forum, and Scottish Youth Work Research Steering Group.

National Voluntary Youth Organisations Support Fund

News posted: 25-Jul-2016

YouthLink Scotland is currently accepting proposals for the National Voluntary Youth Organisations Support Fund. The fund has been set up by the Scottish Government to support National Voluntary Youth Organisations to contribute to the achievement of the National Youth Work Strategy 2014-2019 ambition that “All young people, in every part of Scotland, should have access to high quality and effective youth work practice.”

This fund is open to national voluntary youth work organisations that are involved in the management and delivery youth work across Scotland. Local branches of national voluntary youth organisations or voluntary youth organisations that do not have a national remit are not eligible to apply.

Applications must demonstrate that the proposed activity will lead to one or more of the following outcomes being achieved.

  • Improved support and engagement of volunteers.
  • Increased access to workforce development opportunities for paid staff and/or volunteers.
  • Increased access to leadership development opportunities for senior managers and/or senior volunteers.
  • Improved strategic leadership.
  • Improved communication and partnerships with local authorities supporting the delivery of the national outcomes for young people.

NB. Priority will be given to proposals from National Voluntary Youth Organisations who are not already in receipt of an award for the 2016/17 period

Deadline for grant applications is 12.00pm on Thursday 1September 2016.

Guidance Notes and the application form can be found here

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of your proposal please email Gillian Lithgow or phone 0131 313 2488.

Live Q&A

News posted: 25-Jul-2016

Action on Sectarianism is hosting its second live Q&A on Thursday 28 July at 3pm. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions on sectarianism and hate crime in Scotland of two professionals working in the area. Mark Adams of Sense Over Sectarianism works to tackle sectarianism with young people throughout Glasgow and Chief Inspector Alastair Muir of the Diversity Unit of Police Scotland will answer your questions on hate crime in Scotland.

To submit your question see here or tweet @AoSScotland by 3pm on 27 July. The Q&A will be streamed live on Periscope on 28h July and answers will also be live tweeted on the @AoSScotland account. 

Youth Work Research Overview

News posted: 25-Jul-2016

One of the ambitions of the National Youth Work Strategy 2014-19 is to recognise the value of youth work. YouthLink Scotland, working with a range of partners, has convened the Scottish Youth Work Research Steering Group. The group brings together representatives of the youth work sector, academic institutions, Scottish Government, NHS Health Scotland, and Education Scotland.

Over the past few years there has been growing interest across the Youth Work sector in developing an evidence base to demonstrate the impact of practice. The key actions associated with the group include exploring the potential for commissioning research to demonstrate the role and value of youth work.

The group have produced a document to give an overview of the research landscape of relevance of the youth work sector in Scotland. It includes details of research which has been completed, which is in progress, or in planning. You can download the document here.

If readers are aware of other studies or emerging research they should contact Emily Beever, Senior Development Officer (Policy and Research) here to provide updates.

Media Training

News posted: 22-Jul-2016

  • ‚ÄčBoost your profile using the media - Showcase the impact of the work you do.
  • Get to grips with social media - Reach more people, attract volunteers, raise funds and run campaigns.
  • Interview skills - Learn the best way to get your point across and gather great case studies.
  • How to write a press release - Highlight the benefit of the work you do by using the power of the press both on and offline.
  • Toolkit and training - The toolkit will enable projects large and small to make the most of media coverage with a step by step guide to getting your voice heard.

Using traditional and social media, you can get your message out there, boost your profile and highlight the benefits of the work you do. The pack is also a great training resource for the young people you work with, giving them additional skills.

YouthLink Scotland is offering a one day training workshop to introduce the toolkit with Sarah Paterson, Senior Media and Public Affairs for YouthLink Scotland who is also an experienced BBC journalist.

Workshops will be held in August and September: Orkney (31/08/2016), Edinburgh (15/09/2016), Glasgow (29/09/2016), Clackmannanshire and Aberdeen.

Price: £35 YouthLink Scotland members/£50 non-members (price includes media toolkit).

Book your place by email here

#iwill Campaign Royal Reception

News posted: 28-Jun-2016

Patron of the campaign, HRH The Prince of Wales (The Duke of Rothesay) celebrated young volunteers from across Scotland in recognition of the #iwill campaign and the goal of enabling more 10-20 year-olds to take part in activity that helps others. Young leaders, including Scottish #iwill ambassadors, were among 40 young people to meet the #iwill Patron at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Tuesday 21 June. Find out more here.

Other well-known figures in Scotland have been adding their support to the #iwill campaign, that is a UK-wide initiative. ‘Sport, especially at grassroots level, needs volunteers to thrive. I am therefore delighted to add my backing to the #iwill campaign, which is all about enabling young people all over the UK to make a difference in their community.’  Sir Chris Hoy, Olympian and Sky Academy Ambassador

A new #iwill rewards programme, launched during the event, will provide young people across Scotland with opportunities to make a difference through a range of activities and rewards. Young people can now exchange points, gained through activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, for charity gifts, charity challenges, award schemes (such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards) and inspiring experiences, as part of #iwill. Young Scot has been working with a number of organisations including Sky, to make these opportunities available.http://www.iwill.org.uk/the-prince-of-wales-hosts-young-scots-who-lead-the-way-in-giving-back-to-their-communities/

For more info on #iwill in Scotland contact Liz Green.

YouthLink Scotland Blog Site

News posted: 28-Jun-2016

YouthLink Scotland’s blog has played host to some interesting contributors. In our latest blog, Dr Jonathan Sher discusses what the links are between the upcoming Olympics in Rio and becoming a mother or father in Scotland? And, why should you care as a youth worker?

Young researcher, 16 year old Adele Martin tells us why her experience of anti-sectarian project, Looking Forward Not Back, was a personal turning point for her.

Read both these blogs here

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 contact Gwen Amant, Public Affairs and Media Assistant here or phone  0131 313 2488

No Knives, Better Lives

News posted: 20-Jun-2016

NKBL Practitioner Training
We are currently revising our toolkits and our training programme. The next two national training dates are:

  • 24 August in Edinburgh - Sign up here for a place
  • 8 September in Glasgow - Sign up here for a place

The new training is designed to support anyone working directly with young people to develop and deliver knife crime prevention sessions and programmes using a youth work approach. The training includes:

  • An introduction to youth work and prevention.
  • Familiarisation with all of the NKBL resources available to support practice.
  • The opportunity to have a go at developing and delivering a session using the NKBL toolkits and resources.

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 Comms Campaign

*** Sign Up Now***

New campaign for No Knives Better Lives. You can follow 'Mark's Story' and see what happens next. The aim of the campaign is to communicate the risks and consequences of knife carrying to young people across Scotland. Between June and March we’ll follow Mark's Story and the devastating consequences for his and the victim’s family, friends and community.

Sign up as a campaign partner and ensure that we’re reaching young people in your area. All you have to do is share the material that we put out with young people that you have contact with. Sign up here and we’ll get in touch with more information.

Contact: Orielle Taylor, Tel: 0131 313 2488 [ e-mail ]

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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