YouthLink Scotland Annual Report 2020-21

This year, like last year, remains a challenging time for the youth work sector in Scotland.

YouthLink Scotland has continued to train and support thousands of youth workers to move their services online, and improve detached and outdoors youth work during the pandemic. We have used our influence to leverage additional funding. We have secured commitments from all Scotland’s political parties to increase investment in the youth work sector. 

A new Outdoor Education Recovery Fund provided much needed respite for a sector at threat of closure due to lockdown restrictions on activity. The new Youth Work Education Recovery Fund has also been a great example of the sector working in partnership across local government and with the voluntary sector as part of the Scottish Attainment Challenge.

Numerous impact reports at the beginning of 2021 demonstrated the great youth work that took place during national lockdowns.

We are still in recovery, we are still dealing with multiple barriers created by the ongoing pandemic, as we move into this next year, we need to see a good and just recovery.

Young people have clearly articulated the value they place on youth work and they deserve a fully resourced and equipped youth work sector. Let’s hope that in 2022 we have co-produced a fit for purpose National Youth Work Strategy that will enable us to match those expectations.

Download our 2020-21 Annual Report here.

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