Youth Work Volunteering 


The Volunteering Action Plan aims to attract more volunteers to the youth work sector and to improve support and development opportunities for youth work volunteers.

As part of the National Youth Work Strategy the Scottish Government made a commitment to work with the voluntary sector to develop an Action Plan for volunteering - recognising and valuing volunteers within the sector.

Youth Scotland, working with YouthLink Scotland and Volunteer Development Scotland, will deliver the Action Plan improving the recruitment, induction and training of volunteers working with young people, and supporting the development of young volunteers.  The Action Plan aims to "energise volunteers and encourage more people to take on the rewarding challenge of enhancing young people's lives".

The Volunteering Action Plan was launched by Adam Ingram, Children and Early Years Minister at Youth Scotland's Moving Forward Conference in November 2007. 

Three new guides resulting from local and national consultation and research will be launched on 12th June 2008.

Growing Better Youth Work - A Guide to  Strengthening Your Volunteer Team.  Based on the Volunteer Life Cycle this guide looks at the range of support and resources that are available for youth work volunteers, and identifies areas for development and opportunities for joint working.

No Limits -  Volunteering as a Model for Youth Development.  This guide highlights the value of volunteering as an approach to youth development, and provides some guiding principles on developing young people as volunteers.

Amazing Things - A Guide to the Awards in Scotland (available from 21st July 08).  This guide is a comprehensive list of organisations providing Awards for young people in Scotland. 


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  • Volunteering in the Youth Work Sector - an Action Plan

    Volunteering in the Youth Work Sector - an Action Plan

     | Date created: Wed 16 Apr 2008 | File Size: 1399 kb | File Time: 203 seconds @ 56 kbps

    The Scottish Government's Action Plan for volunteering in the youth work sector. The overall aim of the Action Plan is to support the youth work sector to deliver more choices and more chances for more young people through a stronger network of volunteers. A 24 page booklet.

  • Volunteering Action Plan Update

    Volunteering Action Plan Update

     | Date created: Wed 16 Apr 2008 | File Size: 64 kb | File Time: 9 seconds @ 56 kbps

    An update document detailing initial findings of the consultation and surveys, along with the actions Youth Scotland and partners have taken in the first phase of taking the Action Plan forward. A 2 page PDF.

  • Moving Forward - A National Youth Work Strategy

    Moving Forward - A National Youth Work Strategy

     | Date created: Wed 28 Jan 2009 | File Size: 1945 kb | File Time: 283 seconds @ 56 kbps

    The Scottish Government's national youth work strategy. A 72 page booklet.