Project funded by Young Start Launches in Glasgow

Posted on May 24, 2019

It was announced today that our new project in Glasgow is one of 29 youth groups in Scotland to receive support from The Young Start Fund.  It’s thanks to this kind of funding we’re able to continue our work and widen our reach. It allows us to help incredible young people, bursting with potential, find their way and realise their worth.

We will use the funding to deliver a volunteering programme which will engage with more than 100 young people between the ages of 16-24 over the next 2 years and provide them with the opportunity to develop skills and experience in a supported environment.

Before introducing you to some of the wonderful young people we’re already working with through this project, we wanted to introduce you to our fantastic Youth Engagement Manager, Emma Hanlon.

On hand to help

When we spoke to some of our young volunteers recently, they said the biggest barrier to engaging with ProjectScotland (or other support services) was overcoming that initial social anxiety – the fear of the unknown. They described a reluctance to reach out, despite knowing they needed help, because they didn’t know what to expect or importantly WHO to expect, whether it be at the end of a phone or over email.

The young people who engage with ProjectScotland can expect to meet, speak to and be supported by someone like Emma. Therefore, we thought it was important for any young people interested in volunteering to hear about this particular project from Emma herself, who is described by the young people she works with as ‘kind’, ‘easy to talk to’ and ‘attentive without being pushy’ – ‘she cares’.

Emma Hanlon, Youth Engagement Manager, Glasgow

‘Hi everyone, my name is Emma and I am the Youth Engagement Manager for ProjectScotland in Glasgow.

I am really excited to tell you about our new project and how to get in touch if you think it would be helpful to you.

We work with incredible charities across Glasgow.  They have really fun, interesting and unique volunteering opportunities and are looking for young people like you, to be part of their team for a three-month placement.

Maybe you’re unsure about what you want to do next, or have no idea where to start! That’s ok. You’re not alone and I am here to help. It can be hard taking that first step but please do get in touch because I can help you every step of the way to find the right volunteering role. We have amazing mentors to help you too and we will cover all your travel expenses.

We’re also working in partnership with The Scottish Association For Mental Health (SAMH). They will be offering group and one to one sessions to help support you alongside your placement.

Contact Me Today

So, if you would like to build your confidence or develop new skills and experience while doing something valuable within your community and having fun, get in touch.

  • Give me a call or drop me a text  – 07833250410
  • Or email me direct – emma.hanlon@projectscotland.co.uk

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The Young Start Fund is delivered by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Announcing today’s funding, National Lottery Community Fund, Chair, and Maureen McGinn, said:

“Young Start aims to support youth-led projects that help young people to grow in confidence and play an active part in realising their potential. The 29 projects announced today are not only working towards this aim but are great examples of the impact that can be made when young people are at the heart of project design and delivery. It is fantastic to see that young people will play an active role in designing their futures and I am absolutely delighted to announce this funding.”

ProjectScotland will use the funding to deliver a volunteering programme aimed at supporting young people with mental health issues.