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Policy Forum – Come and Try

News posted: 18-Aug-2016

The next YouthLink Scotland Policy Forum is opening its doors with an exciting opportunity for members to see what the Policy Forum is all about. The next Forum is on 25 August and the theme is EU Ref(lections). With lots of political changes since the EU Referendum in June, this promises to be an interesting meeting.

The Policy Forum supports policy development by YouthLink Scotland, enabling wide-ranging discussion within its meetings and across YouthLink’s membership. Through the Forum, YouthLink Scotland will engage with emerging research, keep abreast of international and national good practice, influence national policy and encourage good practice through published papers and other sources.

Spaces are limited so book your place soon. Please email Emily Beever, Senior Development Officer (Policy and Research) here with your name, organisation and dietary/access requirements. Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

Sky Academy Leaders

News posted: 17-Aug-2016

Youthlink Scotland, in partnership with Sky, are looking for a range of enthusiastic, dynamic, energetic, motivated and inspirational Youth Workers to join us in delivering a unique experience for 8 – 18 year olds.

Successful applicants will support young people to create their very own television report at Sky Studios using cutting edge technology. The programme aims to increase young people’s confidence, resilience, creativity, communication skills, ability to plan and enhance team work.

The programme is delivered Monday to Friday, evenings, weekends and over holiday periods on an ad-hoc basis. Candidates should be able to travel to Livingston.

For more information please see the job description. Please return completed application forms and equalities monitoring forms here by 12 noon on 31 August 2016 or call Sarah Robertson on 0131 313 2488 for more information. 

No Knives, Better Lives

News posted: 16-Aug-2016

NKBL Practitioner Training
We are currently revising our toolkits and our training programme. The next two national training dates are:

  • 24 August in Edinburgh - Sign up here for a place
  • 8 September in Glasgow - Sign up here for a place
  • 28 September in Moray – Sign up here for a place
  • 10 October in Falkirk -  Sign up here for a place
  • 19 October in Stirling – Sign up here for a place

The new training is designed to support anyone working directly with young people to develop and deliver knife crime prevention sessions and programmes using a youth work approach. The training includes:

  • An introduction to youth work and prevention.
  • Familiarisation with all of the NKBL resources available to support practice.
  • The opportunity to have a go at developing and delivering a session using the NKBL toolkits and resources.

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.

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 ]

#iwill Week 2016 – Save the date!

21-25 November

News posted: 16-Aug-2016

#iwill Week 2016 is coming... and we want you to be involved!

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 flyer for ideas and information.

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.



National Voluntary Youth Organisations Support Fund

News posted: 15-Aug-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.

NB. Priority will be given to proposals from National Voluntary Youth Organisations who are not already in receipt of an award for the 2016/17 period

Deadline for grant applications is 12.00pm on Thursday 1 September 2016.

Guidance Notes and the application form can be found here

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of your proposal please email Gillian Lithgow or phone 0131 313 2488.

Media Training

News posted: 5-Aug-2016

Do you want to join one of our media training workshops? We have places available in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverurie and Kirkwall.

  • 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 August and September: Orkney (31/08/2016), Edinburgh (15/09/2016), Inverurie (20/09/2016), Glasgow (29/09/2016).

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

Book your place by email here

Scottish Youth Work Research Steering Group

News posted: 3-Aug-2016

The Scottish Youth Work Research Steering Group has been considering a number of components as part of its work to support research to demonstrate the impact of youth work. The group are working closely with Growing Up in Scotland to consider how to make use of this longitudinal survey to capture young people’s participation in youth work and its impact on their lives.

Growing Up in Scotland is the longitudinal research study tracking the lives of thousands of children and their families in Scotland from the early years, through childhood and beyond. The main aim of the study is to provide new information to support policy-making in Scotland but it is also intended to provide a resource for practitioners, academics, the voluntary sector and parents.

The Research Steering Group has formed a number of questions for inclusion for the next Growing Up in Scotland questionnaire being answered by the cohort who are now in their first year of secondary school. These questions aim to gauge the level of participation in youth work, young people’s motivations for starting and how they feel they have benefited from their involvement. Having data from these young people will give us some evidence about the impact of youth work on young people. Interviews with these young people and their families will begin in early 2017 and it is hoped that the questions will continue to be asked as the young people are followed up into adulthood.

It is expected that the Growing Up in Scotland Survey questions will be complemented by further qualitative research and survey work.

To find out more about the work of the Scottish Youth Work Research Steering Group get in touch with Dona Milne, Chair or Emily Beever, Senior Development Officer (Policy and Research).

AoS Live

News posted: 3-Aug-2016

On 28 July YouthLink Scotland held the first AoS Live event which provided practitioners with the opportunity to take part in mini CPD sessions focussed on resources available on the Action on Sectarianism website.

This event had inputs from Koren Calder from the Scottish Book Trust about the Walk the Walk resource and Laura Mathieson from Inverclyde Community Development Trust about the Gies Peace Project and the I SEE! Scotland course. We also hosted a live Q&A session with Mark Adams from Sense Over Sectarianism and Chief Inspector Alastair Muir of the Police Scotland Diversity Unit. They were both great in answering the questions provided by the public on the issues of sectarianism and hate crime in Scotland.

If you missed out on watching the Q&A live, you can now watch it here

Also information on Walk the Walk, including the resource and CPD training videos are available here

Information about the Gie’s Peace Project is available here and the I SEE! Scotland course here

Thank you to Laura and Koren for facilitating, Mark and Alastair for taking part in the Q&A and of course all of the participants who came along.

If you are interested in attending the next AoS Live event please register with Sarah Robinson Galloway here and for more information about Action on Sectarianism see here

YouthLink Scotland Blog Site

News posted: 2-Aug-2016

In YouthLink Scotland’s latest blog,  Joan Parr, Head of Creative Learning at Creative Scotland, talks about the special synergy between the arts and youth work

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Gregor Smith also tells us how the youth work approach is essential to improving the health outcomes of our young people.

Read both these blogs here.

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, Public Affairs and Media Assistant 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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