Hosted by the University of Glasgow, and co-designed with the University of the West of Scotland, these events in Glasgow and Dumfries will include representation from YouthLink Scotland, the Prince's Trust, and other practice agencies engaged in community-based youth work.

The focus of the proposed seminar is to review and discuss current policy and funding levels for youth and community work, in the context of Brexit, across the UK and Ireland.

Youth work practitioners, academics, researchers, agencies, policy-makers and activists from across the UK who share a concern for the wellbeing of young people and communities are invited to attend these free seminar events. The seminar will include opportunities for participation and networking with a view to extending partnerships between academia and practice agencies.

Book your space online

Glasgow: Thursday 15 March 2018

Dumfries: Wednesday 22 March 2018

YMCA George Williams College's Strategic Leadership and Management course is fully accredited and open to any leader or manager currently in youth work or any other people centred profession.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Organisational development and culture
  • Unit 2: Managing change
  • Unit 3: Leadership and human resources
  • Unit 4: Youth work management in context
  • Unit 5: Financial management

A course is being delivered in Edinburgh on the following days:

  • 22 and 23 March – led by Judith Brooks
  • 25 and 26 April – led by Jeff Salter

The course is nationally accredited by Coventry University at Level 7 (20 Higher Education Credits). In order to obtain the 20 MA credits there will be a choice of either two 2,000 word assignments or one 4,000 project. You will find out more about these on your first study day. Successful students are able to gain accredited entry on to the MA Youth Work and Community Learning & Development programme. Cost of the Strategic Leadership and Management course for 2018 is £950 – this includes all the course materials and accreditation fees.

For more information and/or an application form, please email Tina Salter on

What is the art of the future? In this exhibition, young people from across Scotland show their imaginative response to this challenge. Their original artworks are the outcome of a mail art project that encouraged youth groups to make art from random materials they received in the post.

This art tool-kit, sent out in a cardboard box, was inspired by the NOW series of contemporary art exhibitions at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and devised in collaboration with the participants themselves. The boxes had no agenda, or set themes, but encouraged invention.

The exhibition is on at the Scottish National Gallery from 10 February until 29 April 2018.

You can book a free workshop for your youth group to make the 'Art of the Future' using one of their exciting art tool-kits. Contact Richie Cumming on 0131 624 6422 or

The Art of the Future is part of the Year of Young People 2018.

A survey of parents with children aged 5 to 18 has revealed that 41% of parents think their children are anxious about the threat of terrorism.

The YouGov survey of over 1,800 parents was commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation to uncover the impact world events could be having on children, and equip parents to respond.

Almost a quarter of parents (23%) indicated their children were anxious about the threat of nuclear war. A third of parents (33%) thought their children were anxious about Donald Trump’s presidency. A third of parents (32%) also thought their children were anxious about global warming and climate change.

In terms of signs parents are noticing, of those whose children were anxious, 6 in 10 (61%) have noticed their children starting to ask a lot more questions, a quarter (24%) had noticed their children seeking reassurance, and 

13% reported that their children have gone as far as asking to avoid activities such using public transport or going to busy public places. A further 8% reported their children having nightmares.

It found that overall almost 4 in 10 parents (39%) were concerned that their children are becoming more anxious about world and national events.

Read more.

The Scottish Learning Festival 2018 takes place on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 September in the SEC, Glasgow.

The Festival provides high quality continuing professional learning and is a rendezvous for educational professionals, both nationally and internationally, providing a unique platform to engage with a diverse range of experts, colleagues and suppliers.

The theme for SLF 2018 is Collaborating for Improvement with a particular focus on:

  • Effective collaborations that ensure young people are having a greater say in decisions that affect their lives.
  • Strong STEM education and training that inspires learners and connects with the labour market.

Education Scotland organises the festival and is now accepting seminar proposals for the 2018 conference programme which will feature around 100 seminars over two days.

Is there a project you have been working on that could be showcased? Or perhaps you are aware of establishments that demonstrate good practice? If you would like to submit a proposal for consideration please complete and return the form before midday on Monday 19 February.  

SLF 2018 seminar proposal form and review criteria (1.7 MB). All proposals received will be reviewed against a set criteria.

Running alongside the SLF conference is the largest education exhibition in Scotland with over 200 suppliers. Find out more about the SLF exhibition.  

If you would like any further information about SLF 2018, please contact the SLF team


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