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WELCOME TO YOUTH HIGHLAND

In the summer holidays 2021 and after 18 months of restrictions due to covid 19, Youth Highland secured funding to support 8 area based youth HUBs from communities across Highland to deliver fun activities and learning programmes. The summer activities focused on regaining social confidence and learning about childrens rights. We received funding from Highland Council and YouthLink Scotland to enable this work.



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COVID-19 UPDATE

The Youth Highland team continue to work from home and this situation is being regularly reviewed by Trustees at monthly board meetings. We remain busy and are keen to offer support and guidance to our member clubs, network and young people. You can contact us via our email addresses or on the office number at 01349 865186

We will keep our website and social media up to date with how to stay up to date and involved in our projects. Please stay connected and give us a call or send us an email if you need anything at all, or if you want to share with us how things are going in your local community. We love to hear from you … Don’t be a stranger!





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YOUTH HIGHLAND

MISSION

Youth Highland supports a network of voluntary organisations and groups to help young people to bring about positive change in their lives and communities using youth work methods and principles.

VISION

An empowered, diverse, innovative and collaborative voluntary youth sector working towards best possible outcomes for Highlands young people.

VALUES

As a values based organisation we subscribe to the values and core principals of Youthwork and CLD including Inclusion | Self determination | Empowerment | Collaboration | Learning



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COVID-19 AND YOUTH WORK IN THE HIGHLANDS

As we move to increasingly supporting the delivery of face-2-face Youth Work we would like to ensure that you have access to relevant and up-to-date information so that you can deliver your sessions as safely and in line with the right regulations. With the enhanced summer offering for children and young people announced in March 2021, guidance for Local Authorities published in May 2021, the Youth Work offering throughout the voluntary sector in the Highlands is significant! Please find below a list of links that may of relevance to your delivery.

  • Scottish Government Safer Workplace Guidance
  • Scottish Government advice on physical education and expressive arts.
  • Scottish Government of the safe running of organised activities for children and young people.
  • Scottish Governments strategic framework for moving beyond Level 0
  • Scottish Government Test and Trace guidance.
  • YouthLink Scotlands National Youth Work guidance, updated JULY 5TH 2021.
  • Youth Highland's Digital Youth Work Guidance booklet


  • If you would like any further information about delivering your summer program safely please get in touch with Louise or Coral. For any other queries regarding general guidance please get in touch with Jacquie.





  • THE TEAM

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    CLAIR

    Chief Officer

    Clair has been Chief Officer at Youth Highland during a period of great change and has championed the improvement of voluntary youth work in the Highlands through training and supporting organisations and individuals.

    Enthusiastic, inspiring and empowering, Clair is the driving force behind the Youth Highland team. Prior to arriving in the Highlands she lived in Nottingham and held key youth work positions.

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    RHIANNON

    Youth Work Manager

    Rhiannon has be a Youth Worker for 13 years and is responsible for ensuring the smooth delivery of Youth Work, awards and general day to day running of Youth Highland. She is passionate about enabling young people to be active citizens within their clubs and communities. Rhiannon has pioneered the development of peer learning programmes enabled young people to lead positive change in communities across the Highlands.

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    JACQUIE

    Network Support Officer

    Jacquie brings a variety of experience to her role as Network Support Officer. Passionately creative and a believer in finding new and different solutions to problems, Jacquie is responsible for supporting member clubs and partner organisations to meet the changing needs of young people in rural Highland communities.

    Jacquie's ability to bring people together and enable great things to happen is almost mystical.

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    BRONWYN

    Youth Work - Peer Education

    Bronwyn is Youth Highland’s new Peer Education worker. She is BA Honours qualified Youth Worker with nearly ten years of youth work experience.

    Bronwyn is passionate about enabling learning opportunities for participants and continues to engage in lifelong learning to support the unique needs of every individual.





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    CORAL

    Area Youth HUB Coordinator

    Coral has worked in organisations from each sector – public, private and third. Coral brings with her over 20 years of experience working with community and grass roots organisations, not to mention having a brood of four children, she has served her time on many committees!

    For the past three years she has been actively involved with a local charity covering all bases from accounts to cleaning the loos!

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    LOUISE

    Summer Program Coordinator

    Louise, has a background of 17 years working in CLD. Louise is driven to support young people to become the best version of themselves.

    As Summer Program Co-ordinator, Louise supports the delivery of the Scottish Governments Summer of Play initiative throughout Youth Highlands membership and the Voluntary Youth Network with a specific focus on 8 area Youth HUBs.

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    JEAN

    Finance Officer

    Jean is in charge of numbers at Youth Highland. She is a financial wizard, supporting every team member to make our financial resource make the biggest difference possible to young people in the region.

    Jean has made speaking to smarmy salesmen a sport, and she always gets us the best deal.



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    JACOB

    Office Cleaner

    If theres a spill theres a will, and Jacobs your man! Armed with a bucket and mop and a whole arsenal of spray, Jacob keeps the grime at bay!











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    VERITY

    Trainee Youth Arts Worker

    Verity is a passionate activist who strongly advocates for human rights. Armed with the UNCRC articles she is leading the visual arm of Youth Highlands #shiftthepower project to collect and share the voices of young people and support them to make change happen.

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    WILLIAM

    Trainee Youth Arts Worker

    William has rock and roll for blood, his talent for music is written in his DNA, so who better than to create the sound piece for Youth Highlands #shiftthepower.

    William is a natural activist who uses his voice to speak up against inequality, and support other young people to do the same.

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    KATIE

    Volunteer

    Katie has been involved with Youth Work since her days at youth club! Now she helps Youth Highlands Youth Work team with everything from promoting events to admin. Along with her passion to be a part of a driven youth work team, Katie always brings a smile and a laugh with her and reminds us that work shoud be fun as well as focused!





    WHAT WE DO

    Why we do what we do

    We believe that youth work changes lives and because of this we want to ensure all young people in Highland have access to quality youth work services.

    How we do it

    Youth Highland works to enable EVERY young person to access youth work in a safe space where they can socialise, have fun and learn.

    What we do

    We enable a wide variety of programmes using youth work methods, principles and values co-delivered by young people and skilled and confident youth workers in communities across Highland.





    OUR PROJECTS

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    Where's Your Head At?

    Youth workers carried out conversations and interviews and collected testimonies from about 50 young people and they are presented in Where's Your Head At. The words in the book are powerful. They are difficult to read but they demand that adults take responsibility. We need to listen and act to make sure that what we do next has a positive impact on young peoples lives in the future. To get your copy or for more information please contact Rhiannon.

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    Summer of HOPE

    Youth Highland is delighted to be working with Area Youth work HUBS to plan and deliver a wide range of activities and learning programmes for children and young people as part of Highland Councils summer of Highland Outdoor Play Experiences.

  • Volunteering opportunities for young people
  • Sessions based in the community
  • Delivered by a range of trusted partners
  • Lunches to tackle holiday hunger
  • All in line with up to date covid regulations and guidelines

  • To find out about whats happening in your area email Louise





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    Peer Education

    Youth Highland has been working in partnership with young people to identify and explore issues and to develop learning programmes to be delivered by young people to their peers. To find out more about what opportunities there are to get involved in peer education work please contact Bronwyn.

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    YOUth Led

    Youth Highland has supported groups of young people make positive change happen in their lives and communities. If you are interested in finding out how you can get involved in your community whether that be geographical or of interest, get in touch with Coral or Bronwyn.





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    Voluntary Youth Network

    The Voluntary Youth Network was launched in January 2017 in response to the increasing financial threat to voluntary and third sector youth organisations in Highland. Click here for the latest copy of the VYN Improvement Plan and here for your copy of the latest VYN Briefing Paper. To find out about Area Youth HUB's download a copy of the HUB briefing paper here. For information about the VYN's response to the Community Paradigm Report ,you can download the summary and the Highland Voluntary Sector Response reports. With mental health being identified as on of the main priority areas of the HOIP, you can download a copy of a report exploring the VYN's role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people in Highland here.

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    Youth Achievement Awards

    As an Operating Agency, Youth Highland are excited to be able to offer support for young people and member clubs to access SQA acredited awards! Youth Achievement Awards are a fantastic way of recognising the achievements of Young People and gaining qualifications. For more information on the Youth Achievement Awards get in touch with Rhiannon or visit the Youth Scotland website.





    WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOUR COMMUNITY





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    JOIN YOUTH HIGHLAND

    Youth Highland Membership

    Membership of Youth Highland costs from £85 per year. As a member of Youth Highland you will also gain membership of the National Youth Scotland Network. For more information please download Youth Highlands Membership Benefits leaflet. Completed Membership only or Membership and Insurance applications should be sent to jacquie.steel@youthhighland.org.uk.


    If you would like a conversation or a good old fashioned paper membership form please contact Jacquie in the office on 01349 865186 or email jacquie.steel@youthhighland.org.uk.

  • Access specialist advice and support – including regular email news drops with relevant information.
  • Access Youth Highland and Youth Scotland youth projects.
  • Access regional and National specialist youth work and related training and CPD opportunities.
  • Access and support to deliver a range of Nationally recognised Youth Awards.
  • Inclusion in the regional Highland VYN and regional VYN Improvement Plan.
  • Representation from Youth Highland on regional and National forums and strategic groups.
  • Access specialist insurance packages for your youth club and activities.




  • We look forward to welcoming you as a member club and supporting your work with children and young people in Highland!







    CONTACT YOUTH HIGHLAND

    OUR ADDRESS

    The Pillar Box, High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9HA.

    01349 865186

    info@youthighland.org.uk

    The Pillar Box, High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9HA.

    OUR FUNDERS

    Youth Highland work hard to ensure that young people accross the Highlands have access to trained, skilled and trusted workers in thier communities, but this wouldn't be possible without funding from a range of organisations and trusts. Thank you to all of our funders who continue to support the work we do.


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    SUPPORT YOUTH HIGHLAND

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    GDPR

    The main purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is to protect individuals' rights and freedoms, particularly their right to protection of their personal data. Youth Highland have produced a simple tick box guide to take you through the procedures you have in place to ensure you are looking after the data you need safely. Click here to download a copy.

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