The benefits of joining YouthBorders

Be part of the network

As the network of third sector youth organisations in the Scottish Borders, it is our role to facilitate and support the work of our members, provide training and networking, and be the voice of youth work and young people in the Borders.

Joining YouthBorders enables your organisation to have access to a range of benefits to support your organisation, your workers, your volunteers and your young people.


One of the key services YouthBorders offers its members is training – both directly and in partnership with Youth Scotland, Scottish Borders Council and many others.
We cover a range of areas and respond to members’ needs including:
– Sexual Health
– First Aid
– First Steps in youth work
– Child Protection
– Food Hygiene
– Good Governance

Membership Support

YouthBorders’ role is to support its broad membership with practical advice, PVGs, policies and procedures, training and capacity building, volunteering and with cross Borders projects that benefit as many children and young people from across the Borders as possible. Recent projects include leadership for young people, volunteering, self-evaluation and youth music forum.

We work with each member to maximise the work and each of each organisation. We represent their views and provide networking and other events to share best practice and support.

PVG Scheme Guidance

Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) is a vital; stage in child protection procedures for all staff and volunteers, but, do not worry YouthBorders supports its members through the whole process.

The process of an application form, interview and taking up references for the individual also ensures that you know something about them and their interest in your youth club. This does not need to be a very formal process and can be a great way of getting to know a new person and what skills and experience/expertise they can bring.

For more information contact Jemma Laidlaw.

Strategic Representation

YouthBorders is the voice of youth work in the Scottish Borders and seeks to represent the views of young people, its members, the network of specialist youth organisation and the third sector as a whole at local, regional and national level.

We believe in strong partnership working with stakeholders from the public, private and third sector. YouthBorders is a member of key strategic groups including the join services Children and Young People’s Leadership Group, CLD strategic partnerships and the Rural Affair Cross Party Group in the Scottish Parliament. It seeks to influence policy and promote the values and successes of youth work and its members.

Affordable Insurance

Joining YouthBorders not only enables your organisation to have access to all of these benefits but also offers appropriate insurance.

YouthBorders is committed to enabling young people to take part in safe and inspiring youth work opportunities. We work in partnership with Youth Scotland and Towergate Insurance to provide specialist Youth Group Insurance packages and dedicated insurance advice.

Volunteering in the Borders

YouthBorders helps recruit volunteers to support all the different youth services: whether boards, drop-in services, or project workers.

We work with other agencies and partners to ensure we have best practices in place and to encourage take up of volunteering awards. We provide support to those who wish to develop a career in youth work or skills for different projects.

Member focused projects

Supporting you as members and enabling you to provide the best service and opportunities for our amazing young people is our primary focus.

With Sound CyclePeaches & Aubergine, the Youth Forum and others we can do exactly that.



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