Youth Scotland

Youth Scotland is the largest non-uniformed youth organisation in Scotland and one of the key providers of information, training, advice and support to part time and voluntary youth workers. Youth Scotland aims to enable young people throughout Scotland to maximise their full potential through the provision of quality educational and social opportunities.
Completed projects:

Falkirk Young Start Project - Evaluation and Stuart Conquor Case Study (2015)

Stand Up to Sectarianism - Small grants scheme evaluation (2014/15)

Developing a Youth Work Quality Mapping Tool (2014)

Revising 'Raising your game' in line with quality standards project.

Quality standards in voluntary youth work development project (2013) 
Consultative project in association with National Voluntary Youth Organisations group.

Making a Good Start - volunteer induction programme (2011)
This project involved researching and developing materials to support volunteer induction in youth work.

Trailblazers - trialling sustainable development resources (2011)
This project involved working with Youth Scotland to research and test sustainable development resources in youth groups and to assess strengths and weaknesses within a youth work setting.

Aberdeenshire Youth Association evaluation (2011)
This project involved carrying out an impact evaluation and publication of report: Greater than the sum of the parts.  

Over to You - Platinum Youth Achievement Awards Toolkit (2010)
This project involved working with Youth Scotland to design, pilot and produce resource materials for supporting young people in the Platinum Award.

Falkirik Youth Association evaluation (2010)
This project involved carrying out an impact evaluation and the publication of report: More than Activities - A report of the impact of the Youth Scotland Coordinator
Post in Falkirk Youth Clubs Association Area. 

Evaluation of Amazing Things publication (2010)
This project involved working with Evaluation Suppport Scotland to evaluate the impact and benefits of Amazing Things for a range of user groups.

CLD Standards Council consultation (2010)
This project involved working with Youth Scotland to consult with youth work volunteers about the skills and competences they need to carry out their role, and the training available to support and guide them.

Raising Your Game toolkit  (2009)
This project involved working with Youth Scotland in the design and piloting of Raising Your Game, an interactive boardgame for voluntary youth groups to help them to reflect on and improve improve their volunteer practices. RYG works in conjunction with growing Better Youth Work – a guide to building your volunteer team.

Getting Started (2009)
Getting Started is a ‘how to’ guide for starting a successful youth group or project in your area. This project involved preparing online information and materials for the Youth Scotland website.

Scottish Government's Volunteer Action Plan - Volunteer Development in Youth Work consultation (2008)
This involved working with Youth Scotland to carry out action research consultation with volunteer led youth groups and agencies to establish practices in volunteer support. This led to the publication of a good practice guides: Growing Better Youth Work – a guide to growing your volunteer team
Return to clients
Lesley is a very motivated professional who is undertaking high level participatory evaluation that seeks to empower. She is very reflective and reflexive, and has brought innovative ways of approaching her doctoral work.
Divya Jindal-Snape
Professor, University of Dundee (academic)

Having worked with Lesley on a number of projects, I have the highest regard for her evaluation and educational development work. Lesley has an ability to evaluate wide ranging and disparate educational materials, distilling...

Colin Gray
eLearning Lecturer & Learning Technology Advisor, Edinburgh Napier University

Lesley has carried out several pieces of consultancy work for the Voluntary Action Fund, particularly around evaluation, impact measurement and group facilitation. Lesley has in depth knowledge of a range of evaluation methodologies...

Keith Wimbles, Chief Executive, Voluntary Action Fund

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