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National Symposium on the Contribution of Youth Work to Tackling Sectarianism

Thursday 16 June from 5.30pm to 7.30pm - The Scottish Parliament

News posted: 25-May-2016

The National Symposium on the Contribution of Youth Work to Tackling Sectarianism, hosted by YouthLink Scotland, Christina McKelvie MSP and Alison Harris MSP, will take place on Thursday 16 June 2016 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at The Scottish Parliament.

Contributions will be led by YouthLink Scotland and the young people and practitioners involved in the “Looking Forward Not Back” youth-led research project supported by Scottish Government. The symposium is an exciting opportunity to consider the contribution that youth work and young people can make to tacking sectarianism and to discuss the findings of the research carried out by young people on sectarianism in their communities.

The young people involved in “Looking Forward Not Back” were supported by Youth Learning Services in South Lanarkshire, Tollcross YMCA, Govan Youth Information Project, Falkirk Council Community Learning and Development and Stewartry Council of Voluntary Service

To register, and for any further information, please email Amy Goulding at YouthLink Scotland or phone 0131 313 2488.

Scottish Parliament Riding

2 July 2016

News posted: 17-May-2016

The Scottish Parliament events team are organising the Parliamentary Riding which is a traditional part of the state opening of the Scottish Parliament. The team have asked YouthLink Scotland, Young Scot and the Scottish Youth Parliament to help recruit young people and youth groups to participate in the riding (which is a parade) from Waverly Court onto the Royal Mile and down to the Parliament. Transport, lunch and a full programme of fun and entertainment is also being provided. 

Timings on the day:

  • Registration Waverly Place 10.00 – 11.45
  • Riding ( Parade) 11.45 from Waverly Place ( approx. 45 mins down to the Parliament)
  • Open Afternoon – 14.00 – 18.00 Mini Highland Games, Robots etc

If you/your group wish to participate please contact Margaret McLeod, Joseph Walton or Jamie Dunlop for more details.

Sky Academy Opportunities

News posted: 17-May-2016

Sky Academy is offering youth groups the chance to be part of Sky and learn new skills on 30 June at their offices in Livingston.

Young people can participate in either a morning or afternoon of workshops, which will include an opportunity to get hands on with their amazing technology and create their very own television report. The day will be facilitated and supported by Sky Academy’s specialised team and transport costs can be reimbursed.

This is a fantastic opportunity, not only for young people to explore the practical skills involved in this area of work, but to experience a great day out.

YouthLink Scotland is co-ordinating bookings for this event and would like to invite you to bring a group of young people to either the morning or afternoon session (9.30-12.45 or 1.30-4.45pm). This event is suitable for young people aged 11+. There are a total of 100 places available for the morning, and 100 for the afternoon. 

Please contact Marielle on 0131 313 2488 or email here to book places or for further information.

Sky is also offering summer opportunities for groups of between 25-35 young people to experience a full Skills Studio session. Transport costs are not available for these sessions but they are fully facilitated and supported by Sky Academy.  The dates of these sessions are:

  • Tuesday 5 July – 1.30pm to 4pm
  • Thursday 7 July – 9.30am to 12pm
  • Friday 15 July – 9.30am to 12pm
  • Monday 18 July – 1.30pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday 20 July – 1.30pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday 26 July – 9.30am to 12pm
  • Thursday 28 July – 9.30am to 12pm
  • Wednesday 3 August – 9.30am to 12pm
  • Friday 5 August – 9.30am – 12.00pm

Again, if you would like to book one of these sessions please get in touch by either phone or email.

Further information on the 30 June event can be found here and further information on the summer opportunity sessions can be found here.

No Knives, Better Lives Module for Peer Education Groups

News posted: 16-May-2016

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 contact Jane Dailly (NKBL National Delivery Team) by email here or on 0131 313 2488.

#iwill Campaign Boost from Activity Agreements

News posted: 16-May-2016

Local authorities across Scotland have welcomed the opportunity to support the #iwill campaign, pledging to continue to promote and increase awareness of the benefits of volunteering among 16-19 year olds participating in or progressing from an Activity Agreement. Those involved in the planning and delivery of Activity Agreements recognise the benefits of volunteering for both the individual involved and the community and strive to offer meaningful volunteering opportunities for young people traditionally less likely to volunteer. Through these opportunities young people across Scotland are developing essential employability and core skills and gaining experience of the world of work. So far 20 local authorities have pledged their support for the campaign.

The #iwill campaign aims to build on the significant number of young people in Scotland who are making a difference through volunteering, campaigning, fundraising, mentoring and other kinds of social action. Both Volunteer Scotland’s Young People and Volunteering in Scotland and Step up to Serve’s UK wide social action survey identified barriers to volunteering e.g. that young people from less affluent families, ethnic minority groups, unemployed young people, and young men are less likely to take part than others. Local Authorities’ Activity Agreements joining the campaign is a strong message that across Scotland we are committed changing this and widening participation, supporting even more young people to make a difference.

If you would like to join them and make your pledge or to find out more about the campaign please contact Liz Green by email here or on 0131 313 2488. 

Media Training

News posted: 16-May-2016

  • 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 Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen and Perth.

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

Book your place by email here.  

Action on Sectarianism

News posted: 10-May-2016

Action on Sectarianism is getting a refresh, both in look and layout. To do this though we would love to hear your thoughts on what pages are most important, what you think we don’t need and also how things are arranged on the website. We are therefore running a focus group of practitioners who use the website and would be grateful if you could take part.

  • When: 23 May 2016 from 1pm to 4pm
  • Where: Glasgow Women’s Library
  • Refreshments will be provided

If you would like to participate please reply to Sarah Robinson here by 18 May. As we have a maximum of 10 spaces available on the group please respond as soon as possible to take part.

CashBack for Communities Facilities Fund

Now receiving applications for 2016-17

News posted: 9-May-2016

YouthLink Scotland is now welcoming applications for the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities Facilities Fund 2016-17.

The CashBack for Communities Facilities Fund is an open fund which will support not-for-profit community based organisations working with young people within the sports and outdoor learning sectors to apply for funding of up to £150,000 towards improvements to facilities and/or equipment in order to offer high quality sport and physical activities which support the health and wellbeing of young people in areas where there is identified need. The Fund will also support revenue costs associated with the proposed opportunities to a maximum of 10% of the total amount requested.

Proposals must:

  • Target young people aged 10 – 24 years.
  • Create high quality sport and physical activity experiences for disadvantaged young people and tackle inequality.
  • Break down barriers to participation in sport and physical activity caused by disadvantage e.g. poverty, disability, rural isolation.
  • Focus resources in areas where there is an identified gap in existing provision.
  • Support community based organisations working with young people within the sports and outdoor learning sectors.
  • Provide evidence of sustainability.
  • Support and encourage the involvement of local people (particularly young people) in the development, management and running of the project.

The deadline for receiving applications is 1pm on Tuesday 31 May 2016.

More information on the latest round of the CashBack for Communities Facilities Fund, grant criteria and details can be found here.

Heritage Lottery Fund – Funding Surgery

16 June, Edinburgh

News posted: 7-May-2016

YouthLink Scotland is delighted to be hosting the Heritage Lottery Fund on 16 June 2016 (1.45pm to 3pm) in Edinburgh. This is an open event for the youth work sector. 

HLF’s Annie Mottisfont said: “We support a vast range of projects exploring all types of heritage including local culture and traditions, people’s memories and experiences, the natural environment, traditional skills to projects exploring archives and museum collections. We have a dedicated grants programme, Young Roots, that gives young people aged 11 to 25 the chance to plan and deliver their own heritage projects. The session will include information about the types of projects we’ve funded working with young people, the different grant programmes and the support and advice we can offer prior to an application.”  

To register please email John Wilkinson

National Voluntary Youth Organisations Support Fund

News posted: 26-Apr-2016

YouthLink Scotland is currently accepting proposals for the National Voluntary Youth Organisations Support Fund.

The fund has been set up by the Scottish Government to support National Voluntary Youth Organisations to contribute to the achievement of the National Youth Work Strategy 2014-2019 ambition that “All young people, in every part of Scotland, should have access to high quality and effective youth work practice”.

This fund is open to national voluntary youth work organisations that are involved in the management and delivery youth work across Scotland. Local branches of national voluntary youth organisations or voluntary youth organisations that do not have a national remit are not eligible to apply.

Applications must demonstrate that the proposed activity will lead to one or more of the following outcomes being achieved.

  • Improved support and engagement of volunteers.
  • Increased access to workforce development opportunities for paid staff and/or volunteers.
  • Increased access to leadership development opportunities for senior managers and/or senior volunteers.
  • Improved strategic leadership.
  • Improved communication and partnerships with local authorities supporting the delivery of the national outcomes for young people.

The deadline for grant applications is 4.00pm on Monday 16 May 2016.

Guidance notes and the application form can be found here.

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of your proposal please contact Gillian Lithgow on 0131 313 2488 or 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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