Who We Help

Large project 2020: Youth Scotland – growing community based youth work

As the national charity supporting community-based youth work, Youth Scotland will deliver this project to provide hands-on support to new and existing youth groups in six local authorities across Ayrshire and Forth Valley. The project will identify and address local needs to enable better outcomes for young people through maintaining, growing and improving the delivery of community-based youth work. ‘Growing Community-based Youth Work’ will provide more support to youth groups across Scotland by bringing together the strengths of a place-based approach with nationwide support.

Key achievements

  • Re-vamping their training and support to be delivered remotely through online platforms
  • Digitalising their awards portfolio booklets
  • Proactively reached out to youth groups to find out what support they needed and what activities, if any, groups were undertaking.


Youth Scotland aspire towards a step-change in how community-based youth work is valued in Scotland with its role recognised within the spectrum of preventative interventions which improve outcomes for young people and communities, accompanied by necessary investment. As well as evidence gained from delivering this project, they will also seek to use the learning from this project to influence system change toward their overarching vision.


Growing community-based youth work will empower local people to deliver inspiring and sustainable youth work and enable young people to develop skills and make a positive contribution to their communities. The overall success of the programme will be measured against the longer-term sustainability of community-based youth groups. This includes how the programme contributes towards and influences wider change in perceptions of the value of, and support for, community-based youth work.