OPPORTUNITY: Join the Scotland 365 Youth Engagement Team

National Museums Scotland (NMS) in partnership with Young Scot Hive are looking for up to 25 young people from across Scotland, with different experiences, cultures and communities, to be volunteer on a brand new Youth Engagement Team.

Project information

🎂 16-25 year old's
📅  January 2021 to March 2022 (6 months commitment initially)
🗺️ Across Scotland

Meetings will be based on ️Zoom (online) due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Travel, food and accommodation will be paid for when required.

Digital support and additional support will be available to those who need it.

About the Scotland 365 Youth Engagement Team 

Scotland 365 is supportedby the National Lottery Heritage Fund, 'Kick the Dust' to enable NMS to transform the way the way they engage and collaborate with young peopleThe project is also working with a range of other organisations including Project Scotland, Impact Arts and others.  

You don’t need to have any special experience, knowledge or skills in heritage, history or museums to take part.

You will work with NMS staff on a series of projects including improving visitor experiences, developing creative digitial projects and collections, creating marketing campaigns and events, engaging with other organisations in the sector, and developing a Youth Engagement Strategy.

Find more about Scotland 365 and National Museums Scotland.

What you'll do as a volunteer on this project

By volunteering on Scotland 365, you will be empowered to engage and work with NMS across a range of projectsYou will have the choice to work on the projects based on your interests, experience, and skills - whether you have them already, or want to develop them!

You will also work with an evaluation organisation to review progress, and share learning and ideas in response to key issues identified to ensure the needs of young people are at the heart of the legacy of Scotland 365.  

Joining this project, you will access opportunities to develop a range of skills, meet new people from across Scotland, take part in training, and develop professional confidence in yourself.  

Who are we looking for?    

We're looking for a mix of experience and interests, across the following four groups, created from the research we gathered with over 500 young people:

  1. Culture Seeke– you are interested in heritage and a museum person
  2. Connection Seeker – you are interested in heritage but not a museum person
  3. Entertainment Seeker – you are a museum person but not interested in heritage
  4. Inspiration Seeker – you are not normally interested in heritage and not normally a museum person   

Within these categories, we recognise that is particularly important to collaborate with young people who are likely to experience additional barriers due to your identity, culture and/or life experience. We want to ensure that we support volunteers who are Black, Asian and/or from ethnic minorities; disabled young people; LGBTQ+ young people;those from a low-income householdcaring for a friend/family memberand/or are care-experienced.  

Working together  

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this project will take place online for the foreseeable future. However, we understand getting online can be difficult, so please still apply if you have limited access as we can support you with alternative arrangements.     

The  team will  meet monthly for workshops with us and NMS, where you will take part in small group activities and discussions. You will also have time with key staff to progress the projects you have chosen to work on together (as mentioned above). We will also expect volunteers to contribute regularly on the project space on Basecamp to prepare for meetings and feedback on sessions.  

If and when possible, later in 2021 we will seek to arrange a full weekend residential to work together and socialise in personDependant on COVID-19 restrictions, we hope there will be opportunities for small group visits to NMS sites too.  

As a #YSHive volunteer you will sometimes be invited to join extra workshops and activities with Young Scot on different topics, but these are optional.    

Sign up

If you would like to be part of The Scotland 365 Youth Engagement Teamthen you can apply online via Alchemer.

Apply to Join the Scotland 365 Youth Engagement Team

You can also download the Microsoft Word Application Form which can be emailed to YSHive@young.scot once complete.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on 18th January 2021. 

We know that for some, written applications can be difficult. We will also accept verbal applications made using video or voice recording over the phone. We’re happy to make reasonable adjustments and provide other additional support to help you apply.

Please contact  YSHive@young.scot to arrange this or request the application in another format.    

Next steps

Young Scot, National Museums Scotland and a young person will review your application after the closing date. 

Taster & Selection Workshop

We will invite you along to a Taster & Selection Workshop on Zoom on23rd or 24th January 2021. This is to give you a taste of what volunteering on this project might be like, and for us to get to know you.  This will include group activities and an individual chat with you.If you can’t attend, we will arrange a phone or video call with you instead.

We'll discuss your application and contribution to the Taster & Selection Workshop (or call)and will use criteria to help us decide who we should select to ensure the group is diverse and offers a balanced range of experiences.

Making a Decision

You will receive a decision email around 1-2 weeks after the Taster & Selection Workshop. If unsuccessful, we will also share a range of other opportunities with you.

Successful applicants will then be invited to an Induction Workshop. 

More information 

This project will be run by National Museums Scotland project team and Young Scot’ staff, who will be in each session to support throughout. If you require any additional support to take part, please let us know and we would be happy to arrange this.

We'll ensure this project is run in a safe and trusted way for you to participate. We do not accept any form of discrimination or prejudice to anyone on our projects based on your life experience, background, culture, or identity. This includes age, disability, gender identity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. 

Questions? 

Email us on YSHive@young.scot if you have any questions or would like to know more about the Scotland 365 Youth Engagement Team - we're happy to help! 

Find out more about #YSHive.

Check out our #YSHive Frequently Asked Questions.

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