Rising to the Challenge - findings from the Youth Scotland Action Fund

Youth Scotland’s Action Fund was established to help youth groups and youth workers meet the needs of young people in response to the Covid-19 Coronavirus.

Immediate support to essential community-based youth groups

The global Covid-19 epidemic has made a significant and unprecedented impact on people’s lives in communities throughout Scotland and the UK. The needs of young people, youth workers and youth groups have changed in this past few weeks as our way of life is disrupted in ways we could not have previously imagined. Therefore, the purpose of the Youth Scotland Action Fund was to enable youth groups to purchase essential items that will enable them to continue working with young people throughout this period of social distancing and restrictions.

[during lockdown] the degree of need identified by groups and the volume of proposed activity was huge – all underpinned by the requirement for youth groups to make an immediate shift to online delivery. The speed at which many groups have made this shift is incredible and was enabled through the Youth Scotland Action Fund. Rising to the Challenge - findings from the Youth Scotland Action Fund

Rising to the challenge

Youth groups, enabled by the fund, have supported young people in three key ways:

  1. Adapting delivery – moving online fast
  2. Removing barriers – ensuring young people can access their youth groups activities
  3. Caring for wellbeing:
    • Addressing mental health needs
    • Addressing physical health needs

The applications to this fund have reinforced our belief that community-based youth work has an essential role providing immediate support to young people and in helping to prevent further negative outcomes arising in their lives. The rest of this report summarises why the fund was needed, how we delivered and – most importantly – the impact which youth groups are making through support from the fund.

Read the full report on how the Youth Scotland Action Fund has already made an immediate and significant difference to community-based youth work on the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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