Building a body of supporting evidence as we know, will not come without its own challenges. As professionals we are aware it's not easy to quantify the best practice we all achieve. There is a wide breadth knowledge throughout the projects involved in the process and as we bring our examples and ideas to the table we will then have a greater picture of how to demonstrate our true value to CashBack.
What we do is not in isolation, all those involved in this evaluation share common aims, in many cases common approaches. Our work is based on very basic principles, that take skills and experience to achieve - ability to have a good working relationship with young people, respecting each young person as an individual, often rebuild their broken trust in adults, encouraging them to identify goals and helping them achieve realistic goals as part of building themselves a better future.
Temple Shafton Youth Project (TSYP)
This will give us an opportunity to raise awareness of how important YOUTH WORK is in young people’s lives. It needs to be recognised that we are in some cases working with young people that need lots of soft skills in their lives and that school doesn't work for many of them. Even basic reading and writing skills are missing for those disengaged from school - that's where youth work has a vital role to play.
The Attic (Brechin)
Since the consultation began we have come to realise that many of the activities and events we run result in greater benefits than we thought. Whilst games such as ‘Pringle Carton Tower Building’ were run as fun events we now see that team building, communication and other social and interpersonal skills are all hidden benefits gained by the young participants.
LGBT Scotland (Dundee)
It has been a great process so far to see how six completely different organisations all have the same ethos and are connected by the way of working which is youth work. It is my hope that through this piece of work we can truly strengthen our collaborative approaches and raise the profile and benefits of youth work to not only the Scottish government but to the wider Scottish community. From there we can improve understanding of what we do and why it matters.