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 next residential training weekend is on 4-5 May and 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 - the Ideas Fund formally launched on 11 October. Two different size grants are available for young people to take action to improve their local areas. The last deadline for the larger grants is 21 June.

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

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

The programme has three main aims:

  1. Young people will have the skills and confidence to engage with others in their communities and take a leadership role in developing and delivering place change plans
  2. Young people will raise their aspirations and realise their full potential - young people are the planners, landscape architects, engineers and horticulturalists of the future and the Young Placechangers programme will inspire those who take part to get involved in these professions
  3. Attitudes and mindsets about young people will be changed and communities will be stronger and more connected

The programme is structured over three years and began in September 2017. It includes elements of community placemaking and Young Placechangers training and support