Get involved in Youth Work Week!
Youth Work Week is an annual celebration of youth work across the UK and it’s an opportunity for youth work organisations, youth workers and young people to celebrate everything youth work!
The week runs from November 5th – November 11th and this year we’re encouraging organisations in Scotland to get involved with our theme #ThisIsYouthWork. We want to see lots of best practice examples of youth work from across Scotland and as you’re doing this on a day to day basis, it’s easy to get involved!
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Here are just a few ways you might consider getting involved:
1. Write a blog
We are looking for blogs from organisations who want to share their thoughts on the theme ‘this is youth work’.
Whether you’re the Chief Executive, a youth worker or a young person – we’d love to hear your thoughts! Get in touch with Lauren if you’re interested in writing for our blog.
2. Create video
Grab your phone and record a short one minute video about the theme.
You could interview staff and young people, share footage of activities you’re doing during the week or share your own thoughts on ‘this is youth work’ in a to camera piece!
If you’re not sure how to create a video, take a look at this blog from the Comms Residential which includes a short video from Media Education with their top three tips for creating a good video.
3. Share photographs
Whatever you get up to during Youth Work Week, take photos to demonstrate the theme. Whether it’s getting to grips with digital youth work, getting messy with paint or exploring the great outdoors – share your photographs on social media and don’t forget to tag us (@YouthLinkScot).
You can also download our poster and share why you're supporting Youth Work Week.
4. Join the conversation on social media
Whatever you decide to do this Youth Work Week, make sure you tag us in your content (@YouthLinkScot) and use #ThisIsYouthWork and #YWW18. We’ll share your videos, tweets and pictures across our channels.
5. Nominate in the National Youth Work Awards
Finally, if you know an organisation that is great at youth work then use this week is the perfect excuse to spare half an hour and write your nomination! With fifteen categories and a shorter than ever nomination form, it couldn’t be easier to submit your nomination. Do you know a Team of the Year? Youth Worker of the Year? Inspirational Leader? – we’re sure you do! Get those thinking caps on and typing hands ready.
And don’t forget to keep an eye on our channels…
Not only we will be sharing your fantastic content. We’ll be sharing our own content throughout the week, so keep an eye on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too! We have blogs lined up from Jim Sweeney on his reflection of how youth work has changed over the years and from Tim Frew who will be sharing his experiences of youth work and hopes for the future as he takes on the role of Chief Executive in the coming months.