Youth Scotland

Youth Scotland is the largest non-uniformed youth organisation in Scotland and one of the key providers of information, training, advice and support to part time and voluntary youth workers.

Youth Scotland aims to enable young people throughout Scotland to maximise their full potential through the provision of quality educational and social opportunities.

Youth Scotland has  584 affiliated and 174 participating youth groups and works in partnership with a network of area associations and local authorities to support youth workers to deliver safe and inspiring leisure opportunities to young people throughout Scotland.Youth Scotland is committed to supporting youth workers to deliver good quality, inclusive and effective youth work.

The strategic aims of the organisation are to support:

  • young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors in their youth groups and communities.
  • the youth work sector to deliver more choices and more chances for more young people through a stronger network of volunteers.

Youth Scotland has its roots in the Girls Club movement, which started as far back as the 1860s. Over the years the name of the organisation has changed reflecting a growing and changing membership.

  • In 1957 it became the Scottish Association of Mixed Clubs and Girls Clubs
  • In 1961 it changed to the Scottish Association of Youth Clubs
  • In 1988 it changed again to Youth Clubs Scotland

Most recently, in November 2001, the organisation became Youth Scotland, reflecting the diverse range of its members.

Youth Scotland is a company limited by guarantee No 125456 and is a Scottish Charity No SC000501. It is also Affiliated to UK Youth.

Members of LAYC are automatically affiliated on to Youth Scotland and the cost of that fee is included within LAYC fees structure.

For more detailed information about the services offered by Youth Scotland you can view or download Membership Matters 2015-16