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National Youth Worker of the Year Awards 2017

Celebrating 10 years of excellence!

News posted: 14-Feb-2017

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

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.

Award categories:

  • 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) 
  • 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 (sponsored by YouthLink Scotland)
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards (sponsored by SQA)
  • Overall Winner (sponsored by Education Scotland)

Awards Dinner

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. 

You can book your place(s) at this year's National Youth Worker of the Year Awards Dinner here.

For more information on the dinner (menu, accommodation rates etc) can be found here.


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

Racial Equality and Youth Work in Scotland

9.30am to 1pm on 27 February in Edinburgh

News posted: 13-Feb-2017

The University of Edinburgh, in partnership with the University of Glasgow and YouthLink Scotland, is offering a FREE face-to-face seminar focusing on issues of race equality and youth work in Scotland.

Drawing on research from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow on black, minority ethnic, migrant and refugee young people in Scotland, the seminar will discuss how issues such as everyday racism and discrimination, misrecognition, multiple disadvantage, and undervaluing linguistic diversity impact upon young people.

The seminar will then reflect on these themes in relation to youth work practice, and discuss how youth work managers and practitioners can be supported to develop strategies for addressing racism, discrimination and disadvantage. 

Contact: CERES, Tel: 0131 651 6152 [ e-mail | website ]

Are you ready? Youth Work & Community Resilience Training

15 March Edinburgh / 23 March Glasgow

News posted: 13-Feb-2017

Scotland’s climate is changing. Extreme weather plus other emergencies such as utilities failure and pandemics present big potential challenges for the young people you work with but there are lots of actions young people can take to help themselves and their communities to be better prepared and more resilient.

Are you ready? is a FREE, half day training designed to support practitioners who work with young people to introduce, explore and engage with emergencies and community resilience.

The training will provide an introduction to community resilience and emergenciesexplain relevance and importance for youth work and young peopleprovide practical tools and tips for youth workers to use with young people and provide an opportunity for youth workers to try the toolsexplore the volunteering opportunities available for young people and signpost organisations and people who are already working on building community resilience.

The training is FREE and all participants will get a copy of the new Are you ready? toolkit.

Lunch will be provided.

Please note that if you do not attend and don't give us 24 hours notice you may be charged a £20 administration fee.

Book your place here:



Contact: Liz Green, Tel: 0131 313 2488 [ e-mail ]

AoS Competition

Win an iPad mini!

News posted: 7-Feb-2017

A Scotland without hate, without prejudice, without sectarianism. 

A competition for 13 to 18 year olds to create a short creative piece which shows what they imagine a Scotland without hate, prejudice and sectarianism would look like.

What do I need to do? It could be a drawing or painting, a poem or short story, a video or piece of music or whatever your creativity produces. The piece should use the information and resources available on the Action on Sectarianism website as your inspiration and will give you a good overview of the issues.

What could I win? The prize will be an iPad mini.

The winners will have their work shared on the Action on Sectarianism website and social media channels in the first week after the winner is announced. However, all entries will also be shared in the following weeks.

The deadline for entries is the 17 March 2017.

For more information on the criteria, rules and how to enter see here

Unlocking the Potential of Erasmus+

News posted: 30-Jan-2017

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

Erasmus+ provides a unique chance for young people and organisations to engage in intra-cultural activities and dialogue, learn new skills, improve personal wellbeing, share knowledge and experience and create an international network together. Xchange Scotland and YouthLink Scotland will provide workshops, mentoring and peer support frameworks to give groups the information they need to go through the application process.

Throughout the year we will be raising awareness of the diverse opportunities Erasmus+ has to offer young people and organisations in Scotland including:

  • Youth Exchanges, which enable groups of young people to travel abroad, meet young people from another country and broaden their perspectives through new experiences. As well as transformative learning, they are a lot of fun!
  • Training courses, work shadowing and exchanges for youth workers (paid and voluntary).
  • European Voluntary Service (EVS), where organisations can host or send young people aged 18 - 30 to volunteer and experience life in another country or host young volunteers from another country within their organisation in Scotland.

Applicant Support Programme

During 2017 we will be running a series of free training programmes across Scotland 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 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 networks and individual mentoring from experts to develop applications.

The first applicant support workshop will be in Glasgow on 16 March (11am to 4pm). For further information and to book your place please contact Marj Clark here or phone 0141 237 2430.

If you would like to take part in a workshop, sign up to the applicant support programme or are running an event and are interested in us delivering an awareness raising briefing please get in touch here.

Contact: Marj Clark, Xchange Scotland on 0141 237 2430 or Liz Green, YouthLink Scotland on 0131 313 2488.

New #Scotswummin Project Led by Young Heritage Investigators

News posted: 26-Jan-2017

Over the next few months, 40 young people will be investigating Scotland’s forgotten women as part of a new Heritage Lottery funded research project.

Five youth projects across the country are turning detective to unearth and celebrate influential and potentially unnoticed Scots women in their communities, both now and in the past. From the hunt for Falkirk urban legend 'Granny Mackay' to a mother-daughter team raising international development funding, #scotswummin and YouthLink Scotland want to build a picture of the women in Scotland that have shaped our nation.

We're asking you to highlight the achievements of women locally and nationally, from all walks of life. Sign our #scotswummin pledge for equality, share your stories with us, and help us to give forgotten Scots women their rightful place in our history. 

Find out more from the website and get in touch here.

NKBL 2017

News posted: 25-Jan-2017

We are currently planning the next year of the No Knives, Better Lives  programme and would like to know more about the needs and priorities of our stakeholders.

Tell us how we can adapt the support we offer to meet the needs of partners in different areas of Scotland

Please complete this short survey and contribute to shaping the 2017/18 NKBL programme.

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.

The course will be delivered at various locations across Scotland over the next couple of months, the first of which will be Monday 13 March in Glasgow.

Find out more here.

Online booking

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

YouthLink Scotland Blog Site

News posted: 5-Jan-2017

YouthLink Scotland's latest blogs...

  • My journey through CashBack - Gillian Lithgow, Development Manager for National Programmes at YouthLink Scotland.

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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