OPPORTUNITY: Join the YSEquity Panel!   

Join our #YSEquity Panel and have your say on our services, making them fairer and more accessible for everyone.

Project Information:  

  • 11-18 years old (inclusive) 
  • From April 2024 to March 2025  
  • Meeting every 6-8 weeks (a mix of online and in-person sessions) 
  • Anywhere in Scotland  
  • Travel costs covered 
  • Record your participation as volunteer hours with Saltire Awards 

What’s the YSEquity Panel about? 

Do you use your Young Scot National Entitlement Card to get on the bus, access the leisure centre or enjoy local discounts? Has it sometimes been tricky for you to get involved in things like school trips, sports clubs or art groups? Then this opportunity could be a great place to have your voice heard! 

We want young people aged 11-18 on our YSEquity Panel to help us improve our Young Scot services so they meet the needs of young people, are accessible to everyone and help tackle stigma.  

You’ll get the chance to share your experiences with education including any challenges you’ve faced being ready to learn and attending regularly. We’ll also try to offer you opportunities to meet decision makers in Scotland to share your thoughts on these topics too.  

The Panel will look at things like:   

  • Young Scot National Entitlement Card 
  • Cost of the School Day 
  • Access to education 
  • Rewards 
  • Local Discounts 
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Information content and more…

We would love to hear from a wide range of young people right across Scotland – we’re particularly interested to hear from:  

  • young carers 
  • young people who live in a rural area 
  • care-experienced young people  
  • if you get or have had free school meals  

Meeting Dates

These dates are a guide for the planned sessions that will take place until March 2025. The exact dates for these sessions will be agreed with the panel members. There may also be other opportunities to meet outwith these dates.

Taster Session: Late July
Induction session: August
Meeting with Decision Makers: September
Session: Mid October
Session: Early December
Session: Late January

Sign up and Next Steps 

Interested in joining the #YSEquity Panel? Complete this short form via Smart Survey 

We’re happy to accept this form in other ways, like a word document or verbally. If you would like to apply in a different way, please just get in touch yshive@young.scot.  

Once you complete the form you will be invited along to a group taster and selection session on Zoom. These sessions are always a fun, relaxed space for us all to get to know each other better.  

Please let us know in your sign-up form what dates suit you best for the Zoom session. 

Applications close on 7th July 2024

About Volunteering with Young Scot  

 Volunteering with us helps you: 

  • Develop your skills 
  • Take part in training and opportunities  
  • Make new friends and meet new people 
  • Explore new places, topics and experiences 
  • Influence change on topics that are important to you 

Equal access to opportunities and inclusivity are at the heart of everything we do at Young Scot. We will always continue to work closely with you and make reasonable adjustments based on your needs to ensure you can participate.  

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.    

Find out more about volunteering with Young Scot 

Got a question?  

If you’ve got any questions or would like to know more about the Panel, get in touch yshive@young.scot. We’re happy to help!  
Find out more about Young Scot Membership, Youth Information, Getting Involved and Discounts!  

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