News, Blogs and Events

Keep your finger firmly on the pulse of Scotland’s youth work sector with our news, events & blogs library. You’ll get the top stories, best training opportunities and insightful comment from across the sector.


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Youth Climate Leaders in Stockholm
Josie lives and works in the North West Highlands, growing native trees for reforesting projects. She's also a volunteer on the Youth Leadership Panel with Scotland's Young People's Forest, a part-time youth worker and a general fan of a liveable planet. 
  • Topic:  International, Learning for Sustainability
  • Date:  4 April, 2023
My Youth Volunteering Story
Jen Murray, our Development Officer for Youth Volunteering, shares her experiences of getting into youth work as a young volunteer.
  • Topic:  Education, Skills & Employability, Rights, Participation & Volunteering, Training & Development
  • Date:  17 March, 2023
  • Author:  Jen Murray
Increasing volunteering in Scotland. How will you get involved?
Jenni Snell, #IWill National Development Officer, blogs for us about attending the Youth VIP event on the future of volunteering in Scotland.
  • Topic:  Rights, Participation & Volunteering
  • Date:  16 March, 2023
#iWillWeek: Aaron wants to encourage more people to volunteer
For #iwillWeek, Aaron, a Year of Young People Ambassador, shares his volunteer story in the hope of inspiring more young people across Scotland to volunteer.
  • Topic:  Rights, Participation & Volunteering
  • Date:  16 March, 2023
Can We Still Save the Planet?
On Tuesday 18th October Young Scot and YouthLink Scotland brought together a group of 8 climate activists from across Scotland to the RSPB Baron’s Haugh Nature Reserve in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire.
  • Topic:  Education, Skills & Employability, Learning for Sustainability, Outdoor Learning
  • Date:  4 November, 2022
New youth-led research project puts young people at the forefront of citizen science
Tara Proud, volunteer and community engagement manager at Marine Conservation Society, details her joy at being involved in YouthLink Scotland's 'On Our Wave Length' project.
  • Topic:  Education, Skills & Employability, Learning for Sustainability, Outdoor Learning
  • Date:  2 March, 2020
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The Unsung Heroes of the NHS
Ahead of #IWillWeek, Kirsten Law, from NHS Lothian has blogged on youth volunteering within the NHS & their new youth volunteering programme.
  • Topic:  Health & Wellbeing, Rights, Participation & Volunteering
  • Date:  13 November, 2019
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Youth Work's role in the Youth Justice System
Read about the new youth participation project Youth Justice Voices, and the integral part youth work places in it.
  • Date:  19 September, 2019
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Moira Anderson Foundation creates new model of care for children affected by abuse
Gillian Urqhart, Director of the Moira Anderson Foundation blogs on helping to create a new model of care for children affected by abuse.
  • Topic:  Health & Wellbeing, Policy & Influencing, Prevention & Early Intervention
  • Date:  4 September, 2019
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Breaking the Stigma: Mental health and the role of the youth work sector
Emily Carson, Masters student at the University of Edinburgh, explores the relationship between mental health and youth work.
  • Topic:  Health & Wellbeing, National Youth Work Awards
  • Date:  29 August, 2019
  • Author:  Martin
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Overcoming challenges that impact engagement at school
YouthLink Scotland's Youth Work and Schools partnership programme aims to promote and expand the role of youth work in closing the poverty-related attainment gap.
  • Topic:  Education, Skills & Employability
  • Date:  8 August, 2019
  • Author:  Alice
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Scottish Government’s UNCRC Incorporation Consultation: Options
Dr Kasey McCall-Smith has blogged for us about the options for incorporation and her thoughts on the preferred option.  
  • Topic:  Rights, Participation & Volunteering
  • Date:  7 August, 2019
  • Author:  Martin