Greenspace Scotland - Scotland’s parks and greenspace charity, greenspace scotland has received £90,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to develop the Young Placechangers programme over the next two years in partnership with Youth Scotland.

Young Placechangers puts young people in the lead role – bringing together the wider community to look at local spaces, plan and deliver improvements.

The Young Placechangers programme will engage and empower young people to take the lead on changing the places where they live. The programme has three core elements drawn from community placemaking principles and youth work approaches: Young people and youth workers will be given training both in residential settings and in local clusters. The Ideas Fund will support activity and deliver quick-wins. Support from peers and ‘place professionals’ will inspire and enthuse the young people to get involved in their local areas.

We are delighted that Scottish Government is also supporting the Young Placechangers programme through the Ideas Fund which will allow young people to lead community placemaking projects in their local communities and deliver the quick win projects.

Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing said:
“This year is the Year of Young People, which aims to give young people a stronger voice on issues which affect their lives and the opportunity to showcase their ideas and talents. Undoubtedly the Young Placechangers programme can contribute to this goal, giving young people more of a say in and with their communities, which is something that we want to see more of as part of the planning review. I am thrilled we have been able to provide £90,000 for the Ideas Fund and am looking forward to seeing the Young Placechangers’ ideas come to life.”

Through peer facilitation and training the programme will give 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. The results will be better places; stronger and connected communities; more confident, skilled and capable young people.

Lucy Casot, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “We are enthusiastic about giving young people the chance to learn about heritage and empowering them to take the lead through our funding. Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF is delighted to support the Young Placechangers programme that makes it possible for young people to choose what is important, take decisions, develop new skills and interests, connect with their communities and choose how they want to spread the word throughout their community" 

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