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CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund

Now Receiving Applications for 2017-2018

News posted: 21-Mar-2017

YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work, is now receiving applications for the latest round of the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund for projects delivered between July 2017 and March 2018.

We welcome proposals for the delivery of targeted youth work activity programmes which provide diversionary youth work activities for young people aged 10 to 24 who face one or more forms of disadvantage as listed below:

  • Living in areas of deprivation (priority will be given to projects working in communities within the top 20% SIMD).
  • Being unemployed, not in education or training.
  • Being excluded, or at risk of exclusion from school.
  • Being at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending/re-offending.

A total of £700,000 is available.

The closing date for applications is 1.00pm on Friday 28 April 2017.

More information on the latest round of the CashBack Youth Work Fund, grant criteria and details can be found here

National Youth Worker of the Year Awards 2017

News posted: 20-Mar-2017

Thirty one outstanding individuals and organisations were recognised at the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards Dinner on Thursday 16 March.

The overall winner was Laura Campbell from Bellshill & Mossend YMCA. Laura also won the Youth Worker Supporting Attainment Award.

Over 260 youth workers, managers, sponsors and invited guests came together at the Awards Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Glasgow to help congratulate and cheer on all our winners and finalists.

The staff at YouthLink Scotland would like to thank everyone who attended this year's celebrations - without you it would not be the success it is.

A BIG thank you to our sponsors again this year - Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Young Scot, Youth Scotland, Education Scotland, CLD Standards Council for Scotland, The DofE Scotland, Scottish Community Safety Network, Creative Scotland and SQA - we really appreciate your support!

A list of this year's winners and finalists can be found here.

Read the press release here.

Download the dinner programme here.

Twitter Moment of the night

Blog of the winners


An online evaluation is available for guests to feed back their comments and suggestions. We would really appreciate if you could take a few minutes to complete this if you attended this year's celebrations.

The eleventh National Youth Worker of the Year Awards will open for nominations in November 2017 - who will you be nominating?

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

Brexit and Young People

News posted: 20-Mar-2017

YouthLink Scotland are working with My Life My Say and Young Scot to host focus groups with young people (13-30) to learn about their experiences and understandings of the EU referendum, and their expectations and priorities for the Brexit process. The findings from the focus groups will feed back into the Westminster All-Party Parliamentary Group on A Better Brexit for Young People.

We are looking for organisations that are holding youth forums or general sessions with young people that would be interested in letting us come along and a focus group on Brexit from now until mid-April. We are particularly interested in hearing from young people who are underrepresented.

To get involved email Emily Beever, Senior Development Officer (Policy and Research).

Contact: Emily Beever, [ e-mail ]

Healthy Young Lives - Training for Trainers

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

News posted: 16-Mar-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.

This course has been well received in Glasgow and Stirling. The latter of which was fully booked, however there are still places available at some of the other locations including Dumfries and Galloway (10 April), East Ayrshire, East Lothian, Orkney, Edinburgh, Fife and Aberdeen.

Find out more here.

Online booking

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

YouthLink Scotland Blog Site

News posted: 15-Mar-2017

YouthLink Scotland's latest blogs...‚Äč

  • Fair is Fair: We want equal pay for Scotland's youngest workers.
  • National Youth Worker of the Year 2017 winners announced.
  • A Youth Worker's Journey: Meet Natasha Kerr, Scotland's Youth Worker of the Year 2016.

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.

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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