What we do

Youth Scotland is the national charity for supporting and delivering youth work in the community. We believe in changing lives through youth work.

We are the largest national youth work organisation in Scotland, supporting 61,000 young people, 1,300 youth groups and over 7,700 youth workers. Youth Scotland has been around since the early 20th century and has a diverse membership network – from small rural youth groups to large urban projects. The common goal that we all share is better outcomes for young people.

Our membership network is made up of local youth groups of all sizes, Area Associations and Youth Scotland staff who can provide support and training on a range of youth work topics. We are proud of the varied, universal youth work our network delivers and the innovative solutions our members create in an ever-changing youth work landscape.

Areas of activity

As a national youth work agency, Youth Scotland's work is expansive and varied, but much of what we do can be put in four key areas of community based youth work:

  1. Membership - we're a membership organisation, comprised of Area Association partners and youth groups of all sizes. We have a great membership package that you can read more about in Members
  2. Programmes and projects - from national initiatives and programmes to projects growing local community based youth work, we help in the development and support of those working with young people. Read more here
  3. Training & events - Youth Scotland offers a range of training for full time, part time, voluntary youth workers and young people. You can see what's on in our training calendar
  4. Youth Awards - our nationally recognised youth awards recognise and accredit the achievements of young people ages 5+. All our awards support a huge range of activity for young people. See our range of awards

If you would like to find out more about the difference we make, check out Our Impact

For everyone involved in community based youth work. Find out more about what we do and apply for membership.