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Paul Hamlyn Foundation Supports Young People to Shape Local Services

Young Scot has received funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to strengthen its services across Scotland on a regional and local level.

The funding will be used by Young Scot to support and develop our approach to ensure our services are tailored and relevant to the local priorities identified by young people and our partners, making sure these are benefiting those who face the greatest inequalities.

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This will involve working with young people directly in local areas to identify how they want to use Young Scot’s services and other assets to tackle local priorities and improve outcomes for the most vulnerable. This funding will help Young Scot deliver on its aims to support more young people to inform decisions, play an active part in their communities and be involved in decision making.

It will lead to:

  • Young people, particularly those with fewer opportunities, feeling empowered to affect change within their communities
  • A better understanding and greater use of Young Scot services amongst young people at a local level, particularly those who face greater inequalities
  • A greater understanding of Young Scot amongst a wider range of public and third sector partners at a local level.
  • The increased use of Young Scot’s products and services at a local level to support young people and engage them in shaping service design and delivery.

The funding, available over the next two years, was awarded to support Young Scot’s localities approach. The localities approach, part of Young Scot’s three year strategy, uses the skills and talents of Localities Officers who each focus on one of three localities regions (north, west and east). The officers respond effectively to needs across Scotland by working in collaboration with local authorities and partners.

Louise Macdonald, CEO of Young Scot said,

“We absolutely believe in the power of young people to make service delivery and decision making better and stronger nationally, regionally and locally. To be awarded funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to support our ambitions at a local level across Scotland is huge vote of confidence in our approach and I would like to thank them for their support.”

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. Its mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives.

Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive, said,

“We want to support the development and growth of organisations investing in young people and positive change. Young Scot provides accessible and relevant information and aims to help young people become confident, informed and active citizens. This very much chimes with our values and we are pleased to be backing their work.”

The funding comes from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund. The fund promotes ways of working where young people’s voices, influence and ideas are central. It aims to enable those organisations with innovative and influential ideas or outstanding practice to sustain and prepare to grow their impact.