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National Youth Worker of the Year Awards 2017

News posted: 10-Oct-2016

We are delighted to announce that the 10th National Youth Worker of the Year Awards will open for nominations on Tuesday 1 November. 

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
  • Part-time Youth Worker of the Year (less than 16 hours per week)
  • Volunteer Youth Worker of the Year
  • Youth Worker Supporting Attainment
  • Team of the Year
  • Inspirational Leadership

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 of the delivery of youth work and these include:

  • Youth Work Partnership Award
  • Time to Shine Arts & Creativity Award
  • Youth Work Champion of the Year
  • Youth Work in Different Settings

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

The Lifetime Achievement Awards 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.

Start thinking about your nominations and gathering your information now!

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

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

Youth Work Week 2016

News posted: 10-Oct-2016

National Youth Work Week will be taking place across the country from 7 to 13 November and we would like you to keep us updated on your planned activities as well as all the news that week.

All you need to do is follow us and tweet at @YouthLinkScot - use the hashtag #youthworkchangeslives and we can all share the great stories and practice.

YouthLink Scotland Symposium and AGM

News posted: 4-Oct-2016

We would like to invite you to join us on Wednesday 23 November for our AGM and much more…

Our main speaker will be Nicola Morgan, an international speaker and award-winning author for and about teenagers. In the last ten years she has become increasingly well known for her passionate work on adolescence, with her book on the teenage brain, Blame My Brain, shortlisted for the Aventis prize.

She believes in looking at adolescence as a natural, positive, essential and temporary stage of development and has recently been developing a project/campaign called Positively Teenage.

A former teacher and dyslexia specialist, Nicola writes and speaks internationally on a wide variety of subjects relating to both adolescence and the reading brain, including a focus on reading as a route to wellbeing and relaxation.

In addition, we will be launching the Recognising Children’s Rights in Youth Work training programme with our partners Education Scotland. There will also be a presentation/update #iwill, the social action campaign.

Our AGM will be followed by refreshments.

Download the draft programme here.

Book your FREE place here.

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

#iwill Week 2016 – Start Planning your Event!

21 to 25 November 2016

News posted: 3-Oct-2016

Get ready to Show & Tell your community all about young people making a difference!

Between 21 and 25 November we want you to run an event to celebrate the impact young people are making and that enables others, young and old, to get involved.

Please see this bank of resources for ideas, information and tips for running your event.

If you are interested in putting on a celebration event or are running something that could also celebrate #iwill please get in touch with Liz Green or on 0131 313 2488. We’d like to add your Scottish event to the map of activity across the UK!



YouthLink Scotland Blog Site

News posted: 2-Oct-2016

YouthLink Scotland's latest blog is entitled 'Through the Pain' by Demi aged 16 who attends Aberlour Youthpoint in Moray where she is a peer mentor, helping other young people. Youthpoint is an example of an early intervention service, which takes action as problems are emerging, to prevent long term poor outcomes for children and young people. Here she tells her story.


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: 1-Oct-2016

NKBL Practitioner Training
We have revised and updated our toolkits and training course. The new training 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. 

  • 15 November in Aberdeen - Sign up here for a place.

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

Do you support a peer education group or  programme? We’re offering a half or full day 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

New campaign for No Knives Better Lives in 2016-17 -  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 and share these key messages through our social media channels.

As a campaign partner 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. 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.

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

Media Training

News posted: 30-Sep-2016

Do you want to join one of our media training workshops? We have places available in Clydebank, Aberdeen.

  • Boost 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 Aberdeen and Clydebank in the near future.

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

Book your place by email here

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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