Young Placechangers Programme - empowering young people to take the lead

This exciting 2-year programme has been made possible with support from Scottish Government and the National Lottery Heritage Fund 'Our Heritage' funding. greenspace scotland is working in partnership with Youth Scotland to deliver the programme.

The Young Placechangers programme engages and empowers young people to take the lead on changing the places where they live. Through peer facilitation and training it gives young people, and the youth workers and other adults that support them, the skills and confidence to engage with others in their communities to take action to improve the environmental quality, biodiversity, playability and vibrancy of neighbourhoods – and, in the process, change attitudes and mindsets.

Through the placemaking training and local place investigations, young people gain an increased understanding and awareness of heritage in its different forms. Young facilitators and youth workers are co-producing resources which interpret heritage and explain the principles of community placechanging to other young people.

Young people are taking a lead role in planning, delivering and sustaining community placemaking projects in the local communities. Through the projects the young people and community members they involve learn about the natural heritage, and also often explore their cultural and industrial heritage. They connect with a range of heritage and place professionals who are sharing their professional knowledge to support project delivery.

The programme has three main elements:

Training for Youth facilitators and youth workers -  our Young Placehangers Development Officer Angela is able to deliver local training sessions. Email Angela to find out more

Ideas Fund and seed corn funding for youth groups - Two different size grants are available for young people to take action to improve their local areas. 

Peer mentoring and professional skills bank support for the young people - during the course of the programme young people will support eachother to develop new projects and we are also involving people with particular skills relating to public realm and environment to join our professional skills bank.

Gannnochy Young Placechangers Programme

The Gannochy Young Placechangers (YPC) programme is a partnership between The Gannochy Trust, greenspace scotland and Youth Scotland.

Groups can get involved in the Perth and Kinross programme in different ways:

  • We can support you to develop an idea into a project for your local community
  • We provide training in community placemaking, the place standard and creative consultation – tools you can use to involve others in your community in your place changing idea
  • Training can be delivered locally to a cluster of youth groups or you can attend the free training event we have coming up in Perth on Sunday 22 September Book here
  • We also have small grants to help you turn your idea into reality and we can help you look for additional funding

What next?

If you think this sounds like something your youth group, scout group, guides or BBs then contact Angela Houghton, Young Placechangers Development Officer. Thanks to funding from the Gannochy Trust she has time dedicated to Perth & Kinross groups.

We are also interested in discussing how to deliver cluster training and support working with the local youth work agencies delivering youth work in five localities across Perth & Kinross.