Innovative youth work partnership secures £30,000 for young people in Dumfries and Galloway

An innovative partnership project brought together by Youth Scotland, the network of youth clubs and groups across Scotland, has resulted in an additional £30,000 investment for Dumfries and Galloway's young people.

Around 1,000 young people in more than 30 voluntary run youth groups are expected to benefit from the initiative, which will use the money to provide a range of support for community-based youth work in the area and provide funding to develop new, exciting and sustainable activities for young people.

The partnership sees Youth Scotland work closely with local youth associations Dumfriesshire Association of Youth Clubs and Galloway Youth Clubs Association, alongside Dumfries and Galloway Council. The additional funding for the project is provided by the Scottish Government's CashBack for Communities Scheme and the Robertson Trust.

This exciting partnership has already resulted in the appointment of three key youth work contacts; Youth Worker Susan Pollock in Dumfries, Youth Development Worker Glynis Lockhart in Galloway and Dumfries and Galloway Area Co-ordinator Richard Davidson.

Susan, Glynis and Richard will provide support for new and existing youth groups, including help with child protection policies, support with funding applications and signposting Youth Scotland's calendar of training opportunities for youth workers and volunteers.

The project will also include a young leader development programme, designed to support young people to develop their skills as leaders in their own community and lead activities for others. Young people will be supported to recognise their achievements through Youth Scotland's Dynamic Youth Awards and Youth Achievement Awards.

New groups will also be given the opportunity to become members of Youth Scotland. From just £45 per year, youth groups will be able to access resources, training, support, insurance and template policies to help them to ensure they provide safe and inspiring programmes for young people.

Youth Scotland Chief Executive Carol Downie said: 

"Despite a challenging financial climate, young people have benefitted from some fantastic community-based youth work in Dumfries and Galloway for a number of years. We have developed this exciting new partnership to provide more support, in the form of training, staff, resources and new activities and programmes, to enable more young people to access the opportunities available to them. By ensuring young people are involved in their communities today, we ensure they are given the encouragement and skills to become the leaders of tomorrow."

Richard Davidson, Youth Scotland Area Coordinator said:

"I am delighted to take up this new post in Dumfries and Galloway, and I'm committed to making a real difference to young people in the area. I can provide groups with everything from support with funding to ideas for new activities, and through this partnership we can really make it happen. I am hoping more and more youth groups in the area are inspired to give me a call and get involved."

To find out more about Youth Scotland's partnership project in Dumfries and Galloway, contact Richard Davidson, Youth Scotland Area Coordinator, Dumfries and Galloway on 01387 260 243 or email richard.davidson@youthscotland.org.uk.

Groups in Dumfries and Galloway can become a member of Youth Scotland using the Membership Forms here.