The Gannochy Trust awarded funding for our Young Placechangers programme from 2018 – 2023.

This funding allowed us to work with young people, youth groups, staff and communities across Perth & Kinross delivering a diverse range of place-based projects. These projects covered mental health and wellbeing; rural isolation; climate action and providing safe outdoor places for young people to meet with friends and support workers. 

The Young Placechangers programme helps young people (12-18 years old) to take the lead in changing the places where they live. Youth leadership is a key element of the programme.

We are grateful for this funding and for the time we had sharing our placemaking toolkit and knowledge with some amazing people across the area. You can find out more about each project below with links that will take you to case studies too.

Alyth Youth Partnership

Alyth Youth Partnership is a community-based youth organisation based in eastern Perthshire. They provide many social and recreational activities for young people to participate in. The organisation is well connected in the local community. We met the group back in February 2020, in days before covid and social distancing, young people from Alyth Youth Partnership participated in Young Placechangers training with youth workers. They went on to apply for an Ideas Fund grant to work on developing a meeting space for Alyth Town Centre.

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Breathe Aberfeldy

Breathe Aberfeldy is a youth group that engage and support young people (11-19). They are based in rural Highland Perthshire and offer a wide range of activities for young people to engage in such as social activities, employability, and training. In addition, they have volunteering opportunities to help run the various youth programmes and have a number of projects young people can participate in. During the Covid pandemic they developed a downloadable Wellbeing Walk.

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LOGOS Crieff

Logos is a Christian base Youth Outreach providing a safe, welcoming and caring environment for all young people. They run activities for young people in the rural areas of Crieff and Auchterarder. We ran some placemaking activities with a group of young people at Crieff who then went on to apply for a seedcorn fund of £500 to run community based activities to help raise awareness and support to make recommendations for their local greenspace.

Perth Climate Champions

The Perth Climate Champions formed for an initiative to support young people as part of the COP26 event that took place in Glasgow. For this project ten Climate Champions were involved over the course of the activities. Some of the young people involved went on to join Perth & Kinross Council’s Youth Commission to look at climate change issues across Perth.

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RASAC Perth & Kinross

RASAC Perth & Kinross support women and young people (aged 12-18) who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. We worked with the RASAC Youth Ambassadors, this group is open to any young person aged 14-18 who wants to make a difference. The Ambassadors meet regularly, help campaigning, are involved in awareness raising and generally use their individual talents to support RASAC. The group explored issues of planning and gender equality in the town of Auchterarder.

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SCYD (Strathmore Centre for Youth Development) 

SCYD (Strathmore Centre for Youth Development) are a youth organisation based in Blairgowrie. SCYD provide opportunities for young people to socialise through many activities, build their confidence through volunteering, employability, life skills and provide support for young people’s health and wellbeing.  The youth group is based at Wellmeadow House which is a community hub for the area. SCYD received a seedcorn grant to tidy and improve their outdoor area.

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You can read all the Young Placechangers case studies from across Scotland here

Many thanks to The Gannochy Trust for supporting Young Placechangers in Perth & Kinross.