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National Youth Worker of the Year Awards 2017

Celebrating 10 years of excellence!

News posted: 17-Jan-2017

Nominations for this year's National Youth Worker of the Year Awards are now closed. The judging panel will meet in the first week of February. Nominators of successful finalists will be contacted by mid February. Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate this year.

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 and recognises 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) 

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)

The Lifetime Achievement Awards (sponsored by SQA) is 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. The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney MSP has confirmed that he will attend and present Awards. **


Guidance Notes

Nomination Form (Preferred Version)

Nomination Form (Word Version)

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

Healthy Young Lives - Training for Trainers

A foundation workshop for improving health through social care, CLD and youth work

News posted: 16-Jan-2017

Healthy Young Lives is a half-day foundation workshop which aims to increase the knowledge and skills of youth work, social care and CLD staff around how they can promote healthy behaviours, encourage healthy lifestyles and help address the physical, social and emotional factors which impact on the health and wellbeing of young people with whom they work.

It has been developed in partnership by NHS Health Scotland, YouthLink Scotland, Youth Scotland, Community Learning and Development Managers (Scotland) and the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS). 

The Training for Trainers  (T4T) course will be of interest to youth work, social care, and CLD staff who have a training remit within their sector or organisation and who wish to deliver ‘Healthy Young Lives’ to others.

The course is designed to be very interactive with participants having the opportunity to deliver some of the session themselves. As a result, trainers will bring the additional expertise around youth work, social care and/or education to ensure the course retains its strong relevance to those sectors.

Find out more here.

Online booking

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

AoS Live

9 February, Stirling

News posted: 11-Jan-2017

This event is for anyone working in communities and would like to gain a better understanding of how they can address sectarianism and prejudice through their work. The day will include mini CPD sessions from experienced practitioners who have developed and delivered resources and work tackling sectarianism in communities in Scotland. This event is an opportunity to get new ideas and a better understanding of how to address this often controversial topic.

With inputs from Mark Adams from Sense Over Sectarianism and Monique Campbell from WSREC and a live Q&A at the end there is a lot to gain in terms of understanding and resources. 

For more information contact Sarah Robinson Galloway or visit here where you can also register.

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

YouthLink Scotland Blog Site

News posted: 1-Dec-2016

YouthLink Scotland's latest blogs...

  • Allan Berry, Youth Arts Programme Coordinator at Creative Scotland, tells us why it’s time for youth work to get over its fear of online gaming.

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.

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.

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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