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News posted: 12-Sep-2016

Thank you to those who have taken the time to complete this survey. We are still looking for your feedback and would appreciate if you could take a few minutes to complete the survey which is timed to coincide with the redevelopment of our web services and will allow us to assess:

  • Our reach.
  • Effectiveness of the timing and size of the Briefing.
  • Relevance of the sections.
  • Knowledge of the mailing list about services such as vacancy advertising, funding opportunities and events.
  • Inform our plans for the future.

Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback on the Youth Work Briefing here.

We really value your opinions and comments.

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

#iwill Week 2016 – Start Planning your Event!

21 to 25 November 2016

News posted: 9-Sep-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 flyer for ideas and information.

There is potential funding available for #iwill celebration events through the Big Lottery Fund Celebrate programme. 

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.



No Knives, Better Lives

News posted: 1-Sep-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. Book your place on the training dates:

  • 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
  • 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 ]

YouthLink Scotland Blog Site

News posted: 30-Aug-2016

In YouthLink Scotland’s latest blog, Chiara Marin explores the problem with young people and gambling, and how Fast Forward can help.

Nishy Lall, Sky Academy Manager, explains the concept behind Sky Academy and how Sky UK believe that every young person has potential, they just need the right opportunities to unlock it.

You can find both these blogs here

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.

Looking Forward Not Back Report

News posted: 29-Aug-2016

Over the last year Looking Forward Not Back has been working with 5 youth groups across Scotland to examine the contribution of youth work to tackling sectarianism. The final report which is endorsed by the University of Dundee is now available and provides the story of Looking Forward Not Back and explores the question ‘what contribution can youth work make to tackling sectarianism?’. 

Download the report here.

For more information on Looking Forward Not Back please email Amy Goulding or phone 0131 313 2488. 

Steering Group on Youth Work’s Contribution to the Women’s Movement since 1850

News posted: 29-Aug-2016

YouthLink Scotland has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to produce a report on Youth Work’s Contribution to the Women’s Movement since 1850. This will be a piece of primary research undertaken by Researchers at YouthLink Scotland drawing on their membership and a historical examination using national museum and library archives. The final report will be launched at an exhibition at Glasgow Women’s Library in August 2017 and will then form part of their permanent collection.

We are looking to form a steering group to develop the methodology and feedback on the findings from this report. The group will be expected to meet 3 times at YouthLink Scotland’s offices:

  • Tuesday 11 October 2016 – Design methodology.
  • January 2017 – The Researchers from YouthLink Scotland will present the initial findings and would be looking for feedback.
  • June 2017 – The Researchers from YouthLink Scotland will present the findings and would be looking for feedback.

This is an exciting opportunity for YouthLink Scotland members and young people to help develop and shape this heritage report which will create a picture of the evolving landscape of youth organisations and opportunities for young women in Scotland.

If you are interested in being part of this steering group and would like more information or to note your interest please email  Amy Goulding or phone 0131 313 2488.

Media Training

News posted: 25-Aug-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: Aberdeen (25/10/2016), Clydebank (28/10/2016).

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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