OPPORTUNITY: Join the Climate Co-design Group

Young Scot, Keep Scotland Beautiful and YouthLink Scotland, supported by the Scottish Government, are looking for young people from across Scotland to join our exciting new Young Scot Climate Co-design Group – part of the Scottish Government’s official COP26 Scottish Youth Climate Programme.

Project information

🎂 11-25-year-olds from across Scotland
📅 July 2021 – March 2022
🗺️ Anywhere in Scotland

This project will be run on ️Zoom (online) for now, however, you don't need a Zoom account to take part in the online sessions.

What's the COP26 Scottish Youth Climate Programme?

The Scottish Government’s official COP26 Scottish Youth Climate Programme of events will make sure young people’s voices are heard as Scotland hosts COP26. The programme will run-up to and beyond the UN climate conference in November. It will include a range of online and in-person activities (where local and national restrictions allow), aimed at increasing young people’s awareness of climate change, and helping support other young people to take action too.

What's the Young Scot Climate Co-design Group?

We are recruiting young volunteers from all areas and communities across Scotland to design the programme – through our Young Scot Climate Co-design Group.

The volunteering role will include:

  • Being supported to lead on the planning, communications and promoting the COP26 Local Champions Programme. The Local Champions will raise awareness of COP26 in communities across Scotland – highlighting local youth action and connecting young people to national opportunities.
  • Co-design a training programme for the Local Champions – ensuring they have the tools and resources to take learning into their communities to support further youth climate action.
  • Co-designing, running and curating this COP26 Scottish Youth Summit when a Scottish Youth Climate Declaration will be created.
  • Planning and implementing a legacy for the Scottish Youth Climate Partnership Programme.

Volunteering with Young Scot

Joining the Young Scot Climate Co-design Group 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 have any previous experience volunteering either. A dedicated staff member will support you to take part throughout the project. 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 the Young Scot Climate Co-design Group will do

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 Young Scot Climate Co-design Group will meet every few weeks for online workshops where you will take part in small group activities and discussions. There may also be some additional opportunities offered as part of the project. 

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.


If you would like to apply to join our Young Scot Climate Codesign Group, then you can apply online below.

Apply to join the Young Scot Climate Co-design Group

This application form is also available as a Microsoft Word document 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.

The application process is open until 28th July 2021.

Next steps 

After you’ve applied, we will invite you to join a taster session on Saturday 31st July 2021. This is to give you an idea of what volunteering is like, and for us to meet you.  If you can’t attend for any reason, we will arrange a phone or video call with you.   

If you’re successful in your application we will invite you to an induction day.


Email us on yshive@young.scot if you have any questions or would like to know more about this Young Scot Climate Co-design Group – we're happy to help! 

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