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CashBack for Creativity: Open Fund

News posted: 24-Apr-2017

YouthLink Scotland is delighted to announce the launch of the CashBack for Creativity: Open Fund for 2017/18. The Open Fund is a strand of Creative Scotland’s CashBack for Creativity programme which is being delivered in partnership with YouthLink Scotland. It is a part of the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme which reinvests the proceeds of crime back into communities to benefit Scotland’s young people.

Proposals are invited from projects which provide high quality arts, screen or creative industries activities for young people ages 10-24 years old 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); and/or

  • Being unemployed, not in education or training; and/or
  • Being excluded, or at risk of exclusion from school; and/or
  • Being at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending/re-offending

Applicants can apply for funding of up to £10k to deliver these creative learning activities. There is a total of £250k available in in 2017/18.

Further details and access to the online application form can be found here

The closing date for all submissions is 1pm on Friday 2 June 2017.

CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund

Now Receiving Applications for 2017-2018

News posted: 24-Apr-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

Unlocking the Potential of Erasmus+

FREE Workshops

News posted: 23-Apr-2017

Xchange Scotland and YouthLink Scotland have been funded by the European Commission (through its representation in the UK) to promote and support organisations in Scotland to participate in the Erasmus+ programme, and enable more young people across Scotland to benefit from European funding.

What is Erasmus+? The programme aims to reach out to young people and groups to empower them to work and learn in different countries; increasing inter-cultural relations, mobility, learning skills to enhance employability and sharing common values of freedom, communication and respect across nations.

To spread the word about these projects and how to apply, we will be running a series of interactive workshops which aim to give organisations the information necessary to apply for an Erasmus+ project that’s best suited to your needs and interests. Our workshops will equip you with all the information you need to know about Erasmus+, the practicalities of funding applications, and the benefits your organisation can hope to gain through applying. We will also support organisations through peer support and free, tailored individual mentoring guidance to develop applications.

Various locations - Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh, Inverness and Kilmarnock. Livestreaming of some of the workshops will be available. For more information email here.

Find out more and book your place here.

Action on Sectarianism Competition Winner Announced

News posted: 21-Apr-2017

Action on Sectarianism is pleased to announce that the winner of our creative competition is Jamie Boothman, 14, from Prestonpans.

The creative competition was run in March 2017 for 13-18 year olds looking for creative pieces that show a Scotland without hate, prejudice or sectarianism. 

There were a number of high quality entries, but Jamie's poem, 'A Scotland with Prejudice' got top marks from all the judges.

Annabelle Ewing, MSP, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, presented Jamie with his prize of an iPad Mini 4 and spoke to him about his inspiration for writing his poem.

On winning the competition Jamie said: "I entered the competition because I feel that sectarianism does not get enough attention and should be opposed so that Scotland can have a brighter future rather than promoting prejudice between groups. It felt great winning as it feels as if my work has made a difference no matter how small."

Sarah Robinson Galloway, Digital Development and Participation Officer for AoS at YouthLink Scotland said: "A vision of Scotland without hate or prejudice, this is what we are all striving for. Jamie’s poem sums up our hope for the future and the crucial part young people will play in ending the damaging generational legacy of sectarianism. We are delighted to see the government’s continued focus on anti-sectarian work with young people, they are at the heart of our communities and will be the agents of change for our nation.” 

You can read Jamie’s winning entry here.

Healthy Young Lives - Training for Trainers

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

News posted: 20-Apr-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 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: 19-Apr-2017

YouthLink Scotland's latest blogs...‚Äč

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 Nuria Ruiz or phone 0131 313 2488.

Brexit, the EU and Your Future

News posted: 11-Apr-2017

YouthLink Scotland, in partnership with Involver and the European Societies UK, are offering FREE interactive Brexit, the EU and Your Future workshops in schools, youth organisations and colleges.

The workshops are aimed at 13-19 year olds and are delivered over 2 hours. They offer impartial information to allow participants the chance to make up their own minds about the merits and demerits of the EU and Brexit.

For more information please see here.

There are a limited number of dates and sessions available so if you have a group who are interested please book quickly to avoid disappointment. To express an interest or for further information please email here or phone Sarah Robertson on 0131 313 2488. 

National Youth Work Strategy Evaluation

News posted: 10-Apr-2017

This survey for youth work practitioners is part of the evaluation of the impact of the first two years of the National Youth Work Strategy 2014-19. The evaluation is being carried out by YouthLink Scotland in partnership with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government. 

We want to find out about your experiences of youth work and how it may have been impacted by the implementation of the Strategy.

There are no right or wrong answers. It is not a test. Your comments will not be attributed to your organisation.

If you have any difficulties accessing or answering this survey, please contact Emily Beever.

The survey closes on 2 May 2017.

Rights at Risk Report

News posted: 24-Mar-2017

The Human Rights Consortium Scotland have published a collection of Scottish civil society perspectives on the possible impact of Brexit. The report contains chapters from 12 organisations, including Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights), SCVO, Amnesty International and Unison, each outlining their organisation's key concerns around the way in which Brexit may affect the everyday, essential rights of those that they work with.

YouthLink Scotland was amongst the contributors and has highlighted young people's right to have a say in Brexit negotiations.

Human Rights Consortium Scotland: Rights at Risk

[ website ]

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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