OPPORTUNITY: Volunteer on the HistoricScot Youth Forum

The HistoricScot Youth Forum are a group of volunteers who are helping Historic Environment Scotland to include young people from a range of backgrounds and experiences in the work they do and the ways they make decisions. 

Scotland is a diverse country, with a wide range of cultures and people! Young Scot is looking for people from all over the country, from different cultures and communities, to get involved in this project.  

You will be helping to shape how Scotland thinks about its past, makes changes in the present to be inclusive and engaging for all, and make plans for a sustainable future. 

We are recruiting around 12-15 young people to join the HistoricScot Youth Forum.  

Who is this opportunity for? 

🎂 11 to 26 year old's
📅 From September 2021 - July 2022
📍 All over Scotland
🗺️ Travel, food and accommodation paid for when we return to the Young Scot office. Digital support available.

About the historic environment 

You’ll be joining a team of young people supported by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), who investigate, care for and promote Scotland's historic environment.  

The historic environment belongs to all of us. It’s part of our everyday lives. It shapes our identity. It tells us about the past, the present – and even points the way to the future. 

But what is the historic environment? We see it as everything that has been created by people over time: the tangible and the intangible. It can be a place, an object or an idea. It can be a castle, a ruined abbey or a stone circle; a high street, a colliery or a garden; a book, an instrument – even a song or a piece of music. It’s all those things that we’ve made, all the way up to today, as well as the natural environment around us, helping to tackle climate change and reduce Scotland’s carbon footprint. The historic environment is Scotland’s story. 

It attracts millions of visitors every year and generates income and jobs. 

About the project 

You’ll join a team of young people who are being supported by Young Scot to think of new ways to engage and involve other young people in the historic environment. The team wants their ideas to appeal to people from a range of backgrounds and experiences.   

The HistoricScot Youth Forum is now moving into the next phase of this project where they will work on bringing their recommendations for HES to life. Following the creation of their recent report, the team will work with staff at HES to implement their recommendations, continue to collaborate, create and question how to make Scotland’s heritage engaging and accessible to all. 

About the youth forum 

Joining the youth forum means you will be joining a supportive and inclusive team, with opportunities to learn a range of skills, meet new people from across Scotland, take part in training, and develop confidence in yourself. 

No special experience or skills are necessary to take part, and you don’t need to know anything about Scotland’s history or the historic environment. 

A dedicated Young Scot staff member will support you throughout your volunteering experience. 

We are happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable all young people to take part, and there will be an opportunity when you apply to tell us about any support or adjustments you need to contribute fully. 

We will ensure we are a safe and trusted place for you to volunteer. We do not accept any form of discrimination or prejudice to anyone on our volunteering projects based on your life experience, background, culture, or identity. This includes age, disability, gender identity, parenting and caring responsibilities, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. 

What will you do on the youth forum? 

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.  

We will look at potential opportunities to meet face to face as the project progresses, depending on the Scottish Government guidelines and any COVID restrictions in place. 

The youth forum meets every month for workshops with Young Scot where you will take part in small group activities and discussions about the issues at hand.  

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.  

How do you apply?  

If you would like to be part of the HistoricScot Youth Forum, then you can apply using our online application form.

This application form is alternatively available as a word document downloaded here and 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. 

Questions in the application form: 

  1. Details about you 
  2. Why do you want to be involved in the HistoricScot Youth Forum? 
  3. Can you tell us about any skills you have or things you are good at that may be relevant for this opportunity? 

Next Steps 

After you’ve applied, we will invite you along to a Taster & Selection Workshop on Zoom on either Tuesday 21st September or Wednesday 22nd September 5-7pm. This is to give you a taste of what volunteering with YSHive might be like, and for us to meet you.  

If you can’t attend, we will arrange a phone or video call with you instead.  

If we have more applicants than there are spots on the youth forum, we will also reflect on how things went at the Taster & Selection Workshop to make a decision about who to invite to join the Youth Forum.  

Successful applicants will then be invited to an induction day. 

If you have any questions you can contact the Young Scot team by email at YSHive@young.scot  

More information 

Find out more about volunteering with YSHive in our Frequently Asked Questions  

Hear what young people have to say about volunteering with us. 

We have limited spaces on this project but we have many more opportunities that can be found here.