Our Bright Future

YouthLink Scotland is working with Our Bright Future to support their policy and advocacy work in Scotland. 

Our Bright Future is an ambitious and innovative partnership led by The Wildlife Trusts which brings together the youth and environmental sectors. This £33m programme, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, is formed of 31 projects across the UK. Each project is helping young people aged 11-24 gain vital skills and experience and improve their wellbeing. At the same time, they act as catalysts for delivering change for their local environment and community - contributing to a greener economy. 

There are two main Our Bright Future projects running in Scotland: 

During youth-led research, young people across the UK decided on three key changes that would support young people and the environment: 

Ask 1: more time spent learning in and about nature 

Ask 2: support to get into environmental jobs 

Ask 3: Government, employers, businesses, schools and charities to pay more attention to the needs of young people and the environment 

Over the next year, YouthLink Scotland will be engaging with young people from the Scotland-based Our Bright Future projects and others interested in creating change for young people, the environment and their communities. Our policy and advocacy work will focus on these three asks.


Useful Resources

Share Learn Improve is a key ethos of the Our Bright Future programme. Share Learn Improve facilitates knowledge sharing and learning to develop best practice and add value to the delivery of Our Bright Future. Share Learn Improve is closely linked to their evaluation, policy and advocacy work and youth function ensuring learning and best practice is shared to maximise the impact and achievements of the Our Bright Future programme.

This page contains good practice guides and resources which have been produced as part of the programme.

Toolkits include:

Have a voice. Have a choice (All four toolkits in one document)

A range of climate related resources and opportunities are accessible here, and feature a host of useful links including:

Local Elections: How can young people influence decision making on climate issues?

This recorded webinar features guest speakers from a variety of organisations and backgrounds, all discussing different ways that young people can get involved in climate decision making at a local level, with a focus on the council elections on May 5th 2022.

Have a Voice. Have a Choice. Resource

Local elections are coming up on May 5th, and for many young people this may be their first time voting. This resource encourages young people to 'have a voice, have a choice' in local decision-making and tells them everything they need to know about the upcoming elections and how to vote in them. Local Authorities have a huge amount of influence over local climate actions, so taking part in these processes is an important way for young people to have a positive impact on tackling the climate emergency.

Local Elections 2022 Resource

This resource hosts a range of links to useful websites to support young people to learn more about how they can influence the decision making process in relation to the 2022 local elections.

Green Employability: What skills are needed for a green job?

This recorded webinar takes a look at some of the different skills that are needed in green industries, featuring guest speakers who are young people working in climate-related jobs, as well as focusing on how youth workers can support young people to improve their green employability credentials.

Green Employability Resource

What is a green job, and what skills can young people develop to make them more employable in the climate sector?


You can also read the latest OBF themed and climate related blogs here.


To find out more about the project or to get involved, contact Naomi Dixon ndixon@youthlinkscotland.org

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