Strategic Youth Work Partnership

Young people
Pooled funding
Peer learning
Aligning processes
Existing collaboration

Aims and activities

Aims and questions

Aims and activities

The Gannochy Trust and Perth and Kinross Council formed a strategic partnership in 2019 to support more collaborative, universal youth work provision.

Sharing the costs 50:50, the Trust and the Council are providing funding to a partnership of seven youth work providers across five localities in Perth and Kinross, aiming to improve outcomes for young people, youth organisations and the partnership itself, as follows.

Young people:

  • More young people have access to community-based youth work that provides them with a safe place to go, something to do, and somebody to talk to
  • Development of soft and hard skills that improve their life chances
  • Increased opportunities for developing and testing leadership and decision-making skills
  • Improved access to accreditation of non-formal learning
  • Giving young people a voice to influence services and decision making.

Youth organisations:

  • Security and sustainability with core and programme support
  • Reduced time spent on applications and reporting with Gannochy Trust and Perth and Kinross Council
  • Shared knowledge, expertise and resources through structured networking and monitoring
  • Increased profile, voice and value from being part of an authority-wide collective.

The partnership:

  • Added value beyond that brought by the funding alone
  • Increased mutual trust for better future collaborative working.

We think the approach we’ve developed in Perth and Kinross has potential to be replicated in other areas.

Steven Greig and Brian Hutton

How to get involved

Any funders interested in discussing the learning from this collaboration can contact Steven Greig at The Gannochy Trust.

Who's involved

Who was involved

Who was involved

The Gannochy Trust, Perth and Kinross Council

Learning and Resources

Independent evaluation report on the first three years of the partnership (Catch the Light, 2022)

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