Youth Work Expo

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THE CAPACITY for youth work to change lives is set to be explored at a major conference in Dundee later this week.

Youth Work Expo, spread across two venues in the city, will bring together an invited audience of politicians, council officers and representatives from health, police and fire.

In sessions at Caird Hall and The Shore they will hear speeches from experts working in the field as well as young people themselves. 

Jim Sweeney MBE chief executive of Youth Link Scotland who will give a keynote address at the event said: “We have one of the most vibrant youth work sectors in the world and in every area, every day, thousands of youth workers are helping our young people to follow their dreams, build their confidence and realise their potential.

“There are hundreds of examples of youth workers making a positive and long-lasting impact on the lives of our young people and I am looking forward to hearing about some of those at the Dundee event.”

Dundee City Council young people’s champion, Cllr John Alexander who will attend the conference said: “Every £1 of public money put into youth work brings a return of £7 to the young people and communities it is used in.

“But while this is impressive, the boost that it can provide to self-esteem and the way it positively changes the lives of our young people forever is immeasurable.

“The Scottish Government has designated 2018 the Year of Young People giving us all the opportunity to inspire Scotland through our young people, celebrate their achievements, value their contribution to communities and create new ways for them to shine locally, nationally and globally.”

Young people from across Tayside and Fife will tell delegates through presentations, performances and displays how youth work has changed their lives.

According to a study last year the value of youth work in Scotland is around £656 million, with a return of £7 for every £1 of public money spent.

The report commissioned by YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work, also contained a YouGov poll which found that 450,000 adults across the country said it had been very important in achieving their life goals.

More than 80,000 people, including around 70,000 adult volunteers, are active in youth work reaching in excess of 380,000 young people each week.

The expo has been organised by YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work and its voice across the country. It represents more than 100 organisations including Dundee City Council and every other Scottish local authority.

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