About YouthBorders

YouthBorders is the network of voluntary and community-based youth organisations in the Scottish Borders, supporting and promoting good quality youth work. Our vision is of a youth work sector which is connected, collaborative, respected and recognised; working together to improve the lives of young people in the Scottish Borders.

Our Aim

Working in partnership with our members, YouthBorders aims to improve young people’s lives through their participation in quality voluntary and community-based youth work. 

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As a registered charity YouthBorders support the advancement of citizenship and community development by supporting voluntary and community-based youth organisations in the Scottish Borders. We also support the advancement of education of adults and young people.

Our People

YouthBorders has a small staff team led by our Chief Officer. We would love to hear from you, so please drop us a message to say hello. 

We have a strong and committed board of trustees. Our trustees meet every 6 weeks to provide effective governance and financial management of our organisation. Our board are appointed each year at our Annual General Meeting where nominations are sought from our membership and wider community to serve as member or co-opted trustees respectively. 

Our Plan

YouthBorders work to further our Strategic Plan 2019-22. Our Plan has 3 ambitions: 

In September 2020 we published our Year 1 progress update

YouthBorders Strategic Plan 2019-22
YouthBorders Strategic Plan 2019-22

Our Network

YouthBorders is a network of more than 40 youth organisations in the Scottish Borders. Our network reaches nearly 5000 young people (8-25 years) through their involvement with youth groups and organisations. We support a workforce of nearly 700 volunteers and paid staff.  Our members are supported with networking events, training, and high quality information and guidance. Find out more about our network of Members and Subscribers

Our Partnerships

YouthBorders is a partner within the Scottish Borders Strategic Youth Work Partnership.  This partnership, where YouthBorders is the anchor organisation, is currently funded by the National Lottery Community Fund to deliver our Stepping Stones project. Stepping Stones is ambitious to improve the emotional health and wellbeing of targeted young people across the Scottish Borders within a universal youth work setting.  The Partnership is also delivering activity within the Scottish Government’s Youth Work Education Recovery Fund. 

YouthBorders Strategic Plan

This plan sets out the organisational intentions of YouthBorders through to 2022.

Download The Strategic Plan
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