Young People to play important role in future of volunteering in Scotland

Posted on February 26, 2018

Last week at the Gathering, Angela Constance announced Scottish Government funding to develop a National Youth Volunteering Design Team (NYVDT), a partnership between ourselves and Young Scot.

The funding will enable a group of up to 25 young people to lead work and develop a range of recommendations to help the Scottish Government ensure that more people are volunteering by 2028.

Photograph of past volunteer Lauren with Angela Constance and Dured Alhalabe winner of a Young Scot Community Award in 2017

Photograph of past volunteer Lauren with Angela Constance and Dured Alhalabe winner of a Young Scot Community Award in 2017

We know that volunteers play a huge role in Scottish society. It’s transformational. Volunteers gain new skills and experience, meet new people and, of course, have fun. While communities benefit from new connections across generations. Plus, charities benefit from new expertise and additional skills. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.

Therefore, we’re extremely excited about this new funding. It’s an exciting opportunity for young people to play an important role in designing the future of volunteering. With Youth volunteering already high in Scotland, the NTVDT will build on this positive trend with an aim of having more people volunteering than not in 2028.

Paul, Chief Executive at ProjectScotland, advised:

“ProjectScotland is delighted to be working with YoungScot to help ensure that young people’s voices are at the heart of designing a volunteer process to engage more young people across Scotland. The work of volunteers is vital for the sector and so it’s important that young people are involved throughout to ensure they stay engaged and so we can increase volunteer numbers. It’s an exciting project and something we’re especially pleased to be involved in during Year of Young People.”

As a result of this funding ProjectScotland is now hiring a Stakeholder and Influencing Manager in Edinburgh (deadline 15th March 2018), find out more about this role on our vacancy page.

Keep an eye on our website for more information about this project and how you can get involved in the NYVDT in the future.