About Us


LGBT Youth Scotland is the largest youth and community-based organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland. The charity's mission is to:

“empower lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people and the wider LGBT community so that they are embraced as full members of the Scottish family at home, school and in every community.”

Values and Principles

The work of LGBT Youth Scotland is delivered by a dedicated and hard working team of staff and volunteers, working across Scotland. The values and principles that underpin our work come from the field of community learning and development (CLD) and as such we use the CLD Competencies and the Code of Ethics in practice to guide and inform our work. Click here to visit the CLD Standards Council for Scotland website.

Particular values that inform our work include:

  • To be young person centred
  • To work with dignity and respect for others
  • To be supportive and caring
  • To respect human rights and community responsibility
  • To be a reflective practitioner



LGBT Youth Scotland has four strategic outcomes for its work over the next three to five years; each strategic outcome has a set of intermediate outcomes which informs our annual work planning cycle.

Outcome 1: Young People

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people will have good opportunities to meet and socialise with their peer group in a safe, friendly and informal environment, with access to non-formal learning opportunities.

Outcome 2: Schools, Community Learning (CLD) and Colleges

Schools and the wider learning community are safe and welcoming environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people in order that they can become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

Outcome 3: Capacity Building

Organisations and professionals will understand the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and have the skills and knowledge to develop more inclusive services.

Outcome 4: Effective Charity

LGBT Youth Scotland is an effective and enterprising charity, sustaining good practice in leadership and management and CPD.

Youth Work Strategy

LGBT Youth Scotland recognises that youth work can enhance the life of any young person, contributing positively to young people's personal growth and to the communities they live in, and are part of.

Click here to download LGBT Youth Scotland's Youth Work Strategy 2014 - 2018.