OPPORTUNITY: Join the Youth Volunteering Legacy Group

Young Scot (#YSHive) and YouthLink Scotland, supported by The Scottish Government and Project Scotland are looking for 15 young people from across Scotland to be part of the Youth Volunteering Legacy Group.  

Project information

🎂 11-25 years old inclusive
📅 Initially from October 2021 – March 2022, with potential for longer
🗺️ Anywhere in Scotland

Travel, food and accommodation will be paid for when we return to being able to deliver face-to-face events. We will explore face to face meetings subject to current COVID-19 guidelines.

This project will be run on ️ Zoom (online) for now, however you don't need a Zoom account to participate.

About the project

On this #YSHive project, the group will work together to help improve volunteering for young people in Scotland. You will be supported by our staff team to think about how we can fulfill the ideas of one of our previous groups, the Youth Volunteering Innovation (YouthVIP) project, delivered in partnership between Young Scot and Project Scotland. From December 2020 – March 2022, the Youth Volunteering Legacy Group began this activity and we are now looking to enhance this group with new members.

No previous experience is needed to take part, as we will guide you through everything you need to know. 

You’ll join a team of young people to share your ideas and thoughts about how we can action the ideas the YouthVIP group came up with. In fact, setting up this Youth Volunteering Legacy Group was one of their key ideas!

You will help to guide Young Scot, YouthLink Scotland, Scottish Government and Project Scotland in developing volunteering for young people in Scotland. You will ensure the rights and needs of young people are at the heart of this process. 

This project is a part of the #IWill movement in Scotland, breaking down barriers so that all young people have the opportunity to make a difference.

The YouthVIP group identified themes around the experiences of young volunteers, and barriers for them and their peers to take part in volunteering. From these, they created thirteen recommendations to encourage more young people to volunteer and to improve the experience of those who currently do.     

The Scottish Government has since accepted all the recommendations. This will help to reduce barriers to volunteering for young people in Scotland. It will also ensure that young people from all backgrounds get access to the life changing benefits of volunteering.  

Volunteering with Young Scot & YouthLink Scotland

Joining the Youth Volunteering Legacy 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 know anything about the work of YouthVIP or volunteering. You don’t need to have any previous experience volunteering either! 

Dedicated staff members at YouthLink Scotland and Young Scot will support you to take part. 

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 in order 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 you'll do as part of the Youth Volunteering Legacy Group

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 Youth Volunteering Legacy Group will meet every 4-6 weeks for workshops with YouthLink Scotland and Young Scot where you will take part in small group activities and discussions about the issues at hand.  There may also be some additional opportunities offered as part of the project. 

You will have the opportunity to speak directly with decision-makers to have your say on the things that are important to you around youth volunteering and youth empowerment in Scotland. 

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 Youth Volunteering Legacy Group, then you can click the button below or apply online via Alchemer.

Apply for  the Youth Volunteering Legacy Group

This application form is also available as a word document on request 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. 

Applications must be submitted by noon on the 15th October.

Next steps 

After you’ve applied, we will invite you along to a Taster & Selection Workshop on Zoom on 28th October from 5pm to 7pm.

This is to give you a taste of what volunteering with us might be like, and for us to meet you.   

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

If we have more applicants than there are spots on the Youth Volunteering Legacy Group, we will also reflect on how things went at the Taster & Selection Day to make a decision about who to invite to join the Panel.   

Successful applicants will be invited to an induction day on Tuesday 2nd November from 5pm to 7pm (to be confirmed).


Email us on YSHive@young.scot if you have any questions or would like to know more about this project - we're happy to help! 

More information 

We'll ensure this session is a safe and trusted place 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. 

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