The Young People & Place Festival will take place on 16 & 17 June 2021 online - OPEN FOR BOOKINGS

Through presentations, films, workshops and training sessions, the Festival will celebrate the achievements of young people, youth workers and groups who have taken part in the Young Placechangers Programme.

As a participants you can can join us for the whole event or attend specific sessions of  interest to you! There are also sessions taking place in the evening for people who are not able to come during the day.

The event is for you if you work in a local authority, national agency, third sector or a community organisation/group, and want to include Young People in discussions and decisions about Place, but may not be quite sure where to begin.

It is also for youth workers and youth groups who want to learn more about how to give young people a voice in improving the places where they live, play, go to school and work.

The Young Placechangers Programme is a partnership programme between greenspace scotland and Youth Scotland.

The Young Placechangers approach combines greenspace scotland’s experience of working with community groups on placemaking with Youth Scotland’s experience of youth work and supporting young people to take the lead.

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Programme for Wednesday 16 June

Morning sessions

9.30 – 10:45    Setting the scene: Young Placechangers programme and toolkits

Presentations and film to introduce the Young Placechangers programme, the Young Placechangers toolkit and Children & Young People Place Standard Tool

11.00 -12.00    Do our places have a gender blind spot? - Make Space for Girls

Presentation and discussion session exploring how organisations and agencies can look at things differently to understand the needs of teenage girls and include their voices meaningfully in Place discussions and decisions.

Afternoon sessions

13.00 – 14.00  The I Lead journey: young people into everyday leadership – Youth Scotland

Interactive taster session (limited number of places) exploring the I Lead Journey which inspires young people to take a lead in life and community, and empowers them to turn ideas into social action.

14.15  – 15.45        This Must be Our Place – Rumpus Room

Presentation and workshop to launch the new online resource co-produced by the Rumpus Room and greenspace scotland. This Must Be Our Place is designed to support young people to take ownership of places through creative investigations, interventions and actions. Try out some of the activities and explore how you could use the resources in your local place or practice.

15.45 – 16.00  Highlights of the day 

Evening session

18.30 - 20.00   Getting hands on with the Young Placechangers Toolkit

Practical and interactive training session for youth workers (limited numbers) exploring how to use the Young Placechangers Toolkit.


Programme for Thursday 17 June

Morning sessions

10.00 - 11.30   Setting the scene: Young Placechangers in action – a whistle-stop tour

Join us on a whistle-stop tour as we travel round the country seeing and hearing from young people and young placechangers in action, with films from Lambhill Stables Youth Project and the Alyth Youth Partnership, and presentations from About Youth, NCC Volunteers and PEEK.

11.45 - 12.45   ‘Walk & Talk’ with the Breathe Youth Project, Aberfeldy

Join the Breathe Youth Project to launch their ‘Walk & Talk’ resources – a walking trail using QR codes to guide you through the local area with information on history and wellbeing. Hear their top tips for creating similar resources for your area.

Afternoon sessions

13.30 – 15.00  It’s our place too! Engaging children and young people meaningfully in place discussions

Presentations and Q& A session with A Place in Childhood (APiC) looking at child-led placemaking and how to enhance opportunities for children by linking Place with pedagogy and play practices; and hear how the Cairngorms National Park Authority used Minecraft to engage young people in the planning of the National Park through the project Cairncraft

15.15 - 16.45   Getting hands on with the Young Placechangers Toolkit

Practical and interactive session (limited numbers) introducing the Young Placechangers Toolkit – your chance to try out some of the activities!

16.45 – 17.00  Festival highlights


The Young Placechangers Programme is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Scottish Government and The Gannochy Trust.