Invest in Youth Work

Join us in calling for increased investment in youth work sectors. Support the #InvestInYouthWork campaign!

To coincide with Youth Work Week 2019, we’re launching a major new national campaign calling for significant new investment into the youth work sector.

Supported by youth work organisations across Scotland, the #InvestInYouthWork campaign has two clearly defined aims: for a return to pre-austerity levels of investment in youth work, and for a strengthening of the statutory basis for youth work services in Scotland.

We’ve created a toolkit full of information, campaigning advice, social media content and more to help you and your organisation engage with the #InvestInYouthWork campaign. View and download the toolkit here. Please share with your networks to ensure we can get a lively, passionate and sustained online discussion about the value of youth work.

We kick off the campaign today with five themed days of action, culminating on the Friday with our #InvestInYouthWork Pledge Day, a day when everyone involved from across the youth work sector can come together to call for proper investment in youth work. Find out how you can make the campaign pledge.

The cash being allocated to youth work is being reduced each year. This is having a detrimental impact on many young people who are not able to access services they need, and this hits the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people the hardest. It also has a knock-on impact on voluntary sector provision of youth work.

Research shows that investing in youth work leads to a significant reduction in mental health issues, youth offending and substance abuse, while it also increases educational attainment and leads to increased earnings later in life. Cutting youth work funding will adversely affect all these social factors and more for an entire generation of young people.

This is why now is the time to #InvestInYouthWork.



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