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Welcome to YouthBorders June News

Welcome to YouthBorders News
YouthBorders News is our monthly opportunity to update our members, stakeholders, partners and supporters with our own YouthBorders news. You will soon be able to access the past editions of our YouthBorders News on our website. We encourage you to share our News with your team and invite others to subscribe to receive future editions straight to their inbox.  
Celebrating Investor in Young People GOLD
YouthBorders are very proud to have been retained Investors in Young People (IIYP) Gold, demonstrating our commitment to developing and retaining our young people. Investors in Young People Gold represents a true commitment to the recruitment, development and retention of Scotland’s young people. Developed in 2014 as a result of the Wood Commission recommendations, IIYP is a unique framework that helps organisations in Scotland recruit, develop and retain young people, supporting youth employment.   IIYP gives young people a voice, supporting organisations to tap into young people’s fresh insights, new ideas and diversity of expectations. It develops them and their teams to become dynamic and increasingly productive.

Susan Hunter, Chief Officer said: “YouthBorders is a small organisation with four employees, but 50% of our workforce are young people so it is really important that we support, engage and develop them in their current roles but also for their future careers. The IIYP framework supports us to be a better employer and to improve our practice. This year we are indebted to the generous financial support of Stobo Castle who have made our IIYP re-assessment possible.”

Jenni Watts, Marketing Director at Stobo said: “Investing in young people can help tackle challenges such as an ageing workforce, customer insights, skills gaps, talent development and succession planning – Investors in Young People provides a clear pathway to achieving this. We are thrilled to support local charity YouthBorders to retain IIYP Gold – an accreditation that Stobo also holds. Despite being very different companies we identified shared values in supporting and developing young talent.”

Bonnie Clarke, Chief Executive of Remarkable, the organisation licensed to deliver Investors in Young People said, “This is a fantastic achievement for YouthBorders, congratulations!  Investors in Young People not only recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people it also marks them out as an employer of choice. We wish YouthBorders continued success for the future.”
Introducing Haylis Smith, our ne YouthBorders Chairperson
The Board of YouthBorders have appointed Haylis Smith as the organisation’s new Chairperson, following the departure of our outgoing Chair, Colin Easton, and an open recruitment process earlier this year.
Haylis brings to YouthBorders significant strategic management experience, alongside strong and effective leadership, communication, and decision-making skills. She is passionate about improving young people’s emotional health and wellbeing, furthering children and young people’s human rights, and understanding the lived experiences of young people and their communities. Haylis has a background in volunteering with uniformed youth organisations, as a Brown Owl with Girlguiding Scotland and as a regular adult helper at Scout camps and activities.
“I am delighted to be appointed as Chair of YouthBorders. As we move out of the covid pandemic, youth work will play an important role in supporting young people. I am looking forward to working with our partners to ensure we continue to support the youth work sector to be connected, collaborative, respected and recognised; and which works together to improve the lives of people in the Scottish Borders.” – Haylis Smith, Chairperson.
 We are really excited to have Haylis join us and leading our organisation’s governance in the years ahead. If you want to say hello to Haylis you can contact her by email: chair@youthborders.org.uk
YouthBorders: Our Year 2020/21
YouthBorders: Our Year 2020/21 captures our activity during the period 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021. This year has been challenging for the youth work sector in the Scottish Borders and for our own organisation due to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic. Reflecting on the year we are proud of the resolve, resilience and commitment of our network despite the new context in which they were required to work. This year has required YouthBorders to utilise all of our resources, skills, expertise and resilience to work as a team to support our network. We prioritised: 
  • providing trusted and current information about the youth work guidance and permitted activity to our members, whilst also seeking to inform and influence national partners about the needs and experiences of the Scottish Borders.
  • workforce wellbeing
  • sustaining and reaching out to keep groups connected and included with our network.
  • workforce development to respond to new needs (e.g. digital youth work / emotional health and wellbeing)
  • securing organisational income – making the most of emergency funding opportunities for YouthBorders and our members.  
Read the report in full here – we would love to hear your feedback so please get in touch.
Stepping Stones Success
We are delighted to share the news that we have received a National Lottery award from The National Lottery Community Fund to deliver, our partnership project, Stepping Stones for a further three years until August 2024.
This will enable Stepping Stones to continue to support young people aged 10-18 in the Scottish Borders who want to improve their emotional health and wellbeing and life chances through community-based youth work. 
The importance of having a trusted youth worker in community-based youth work organisations is needed now more than ever. The Scottish Borders Youth Work Partnership, which delivers Stepping Stones, are thrilled that we can continue this work to benefit more young people across the region. Since starting Stepping Stones in 2018 the project has benefited 266 young people in 7 localities across the Scottish Borders
Young people who are part of Stepping Stones tell us:
  • Their confidence has increased
  • Their ability to express their point of view has increased
  • They can better cope with life’s challenges
  • They consider risk before making choices
  • They know where to go to access trusted information.
For further information about Stepping Stones please visit our website
In Brief:
  • #BordersSummerOfPlay - Later this week we will be launching a micro and small grants scheme as part of the Scottish Government’s Summer of Play. Working with Scottish Borders Council we will administer grants for play equipment and summer experiences and activities delivered by voluntary and community groups benefiting children and young people of all ages across the Scottish Borders.
  • New Members - we continue to welcome new members to our network, the most recent is Schools Out in Peebles. We continue to support groups in the pre-joining phase with matters such as insurance and child protection policies which are requirements for membership.
  • MindfulMondays – we have teamed up with Be You Mindfulness to offer a series of self-care sessions for adults working with young people. These take place throughout June. For further information about any of our upcoming events please visit our Eventbrite.
And Finally...
As we welcome Haylis to our organisation, we also want to say a very big thank you to our former Chairperson, Colin Easton. Colin has volunteered his time, expertise and considerable knowledge to our charity, and to the benefit of the wider youth work sector in the Borders since joining our Board in July 2015. Colin moves on from YouthBorders after 6 years of outstanding voluntary service. We wish him well for the future, and we are pretty sure that the volunteering gene in Colin will ensure he is not a stranger to the voluntary sector in the Borders for long!
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