Participation Essentials

Participation Essentials is a two day training programme, designed for Youth Workers, Volunteers and Young Leaders.

Flexible delivery of two adjoined days, or split across two evenings or two weeks, its flexibility of both Daytime and Evening Delivery to enable a fulltime or voluntary/sessional workforce to attend.

The two day event is designed for youth workers, volunteers and young leaders to gain knowledge, skills and confidence in delivering youth led activities, programmes and projects.

We start off with the foundations of “Youth Participation” as we move on we establish how young people can become involved in “Decision Making” and take active roles as “Young Leaders or Volunteers”. We explore what future opportunities exist for young people to become “Peer Facilitators, Mentors, Educators, Leaders and Mediators” in our Peer Led Approaches section and wrap up by looking at great tools and techniques to get your group working together with our team building workshop! Throughout we look at the programmes Youth Scotland offer to provide training and accreditation for young people’s achievements.

 Day One 

  • Registration
  • Workshop 1 – Youth Participation
  • Lunch/Dinner Break
  • Workshop 2 – Keep It Real
  • Workshop 3 – Bored Meetings
  • Evaluation & Refection 

Day Two 

  • Registration
  • Workshop 4 – Involvement Training
  • Lunch/Dinner Break 
  • Workshop 5 – Peer Led Approaches
  • Workshop 6 – Creative Consultations
  • Evaluation & Refection


  • Participation Essentials is a two day event, designed for workers, volunteers and young leaders
  • Develop new skills and knowledge about youth participation and involvement
  • Enhance your confidence in delivering youth led projects and programmes
  • Network and Have fun!

Participation Essentials is run throughout the year across Scotland, if you have a group of workers/volunteers or network of groups, and would like bespoke training for at least 16 people, please get in touch. Non-Member organisations would incur a charge for bespoke training. 

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Participation Essentials, please contact Paul McIlvenny, Senior Development Worker on 0131 554 2561 or email

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