The £500 Self-Isolation Support Grant is being extended to include parents on low incomes whose children are asked to self-isolate, Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville announced today.

The grant will also become available to those who may be eligible for Universal Credit, but have not yet applied.

The first organisations to back the Young Person’s Guarantee have been announced by Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

In a collective effort to help young people, the Scottish Government has been joined by SSE, Capgemini, NHS Lothian and Standard Life Aberdeen in making the commitment to ensure everyone aged from 16 to 24 has the opportunity of work, education or training.

Funding of £15 million is being made available to respond to children and young people’s mental health issues, with a focus on those  brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The funding will be distributed to local authorities to support a local response for five to 24-year-olds, their families and carers.

Youth Scotland AGM

Youth Scotland AGM 2020

Changing Lives Through Community Based Youth Work


As we enter uncharted waters, the Young Rural Change Makers Programme is a online initiative to help young people, like you, build confidence, develop new skills, be part of a network and thrive in the rural area you call home.

Am I the right fit for this programme?

Scottish Government funding for youth work is being increased by more than 30% to recognise the vital role the sector will play in making up any ground lost in learning during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

RYP Ideas Cafe: The power of conversations - the journey of bringing an idea to life

The Rural Youth Project are very excited to be holding their second Ideas Café on Friday the 25th of September, starting at 2:30PM until 3:30PM, on ZOOM.

They look forward to welcoming you along to hear from two fantastic speakers, who since being inspired at last year’s 2019 Ideas Festival, have been very busy…

Communities in Carstairs Junction, Coalburn and Coulter are being asked to take part in a walking, cycling and wheeling mapping consultation between now and 18 October, to help create new active travel maps and wayfinding.

The Scotland-based Rural Youth Project is calling young people to join a focus group to help develop a pioneering “world first” youth-centric Smart Village which will champion young people to collaboratively build vibrant, creative, and sustainable rural economies in the places they call home. 

Around 23,000 low income households without proper internet access will be helped to get online with the assistance of £15 million of Scottish Government funding.