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LGBT Youth Scotland Adds Voice to Call to Protect Youth Work Funding in Scotland

LGBT Youth Scotland has added its voice to the call from YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work, for all politicians at both local and national levels to commit to protecting youth work budgets and funding streams in Scotland. The call coincides with this year’s Scottish Youth Work Week that runs from 5th - 11th November and aims to highlight the incredible range of youth work activities and experiences that are being delivered for and with young people both nationally and in communities across Scotland.

The plea to protect youth work funding comes at a time of diminishing resources and increased pressure on youth work services the length and breadth of the country.

Commenting, Fergus McMillan, Chief Executive of LGBT Youth Scotland said:

“Youth Work Week gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of work with young people during a time of austerity and in particular youth work that targets more marginalised young people who might find themselves disproportionately impacted upon by cuts in funding.”

Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland, Jim Sweeney added:

“Quite simply, it is crunch time for youth work funding in Scotland. At a time when there has never been a clearer need for the skills and positive opportunities that youth work brings to young people’s lives, the sector is being faced with the prospect of deep and damaging cuts to its funding.

“Youth work is an incredibly effective way of positively engaging with young people from all walks of life, including those from the hardest to reach backgrounds. As Scottish Youth Work Week kicks off across the country, we are calling on all politicians and decision makers to show their support for youth work by committing to protect and maintain the funding for these vital services and organisations.

“Across the country, local authority youth service budgets are under the threat of cuts and there is a danger of a real reduction in public sector financial support for voluntary youth work organisations.

“At a national level, the Scottish Government must now provide more detail in relation to the new Third Sector Early Intervention Fund, which is to replace the previous Unified Voluntary Sector Fund (UVSF). This is an essential funding stream that national youth work organisations rely heavily on to provide core funding for their work.

“A well supported, vibrant and dynamic youth work sector is vital in helping to ensure that Scotland truly can be the best place in the world to be young.” 

To highlight these significant concerns in relation to the current funding situation for the youth work sector, YouthLink Scotland has written directly to the Scottish Government and all local authority Chief Executives and Council Leaders calling on them to protect youth work service budgets and to outline and confirm their support for voluntary youth work organisations.

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