Young Person’s Guarantee

Supported Volunteering Placements


The Young Person’s Guarantee is to create funded and supported volunteering placements for young people who face barriers to volunteering. These volunteering opportunities will be based within the voluntary / third sector. As part of the placement young people will be entitled to access:

– Support from Glasgow Life staff to find and engage with a volunteering opportunity

– Additional support from the host organisation (for which a small grant will be paid)

– Access to training

– Specialist support (where relevant)

GCVS is working with Glasgow Life to deliver the Young Person’s Guarantee Programme in Glasgow.  We are currently seeking to identify both young people to take part in the programme, and host organisations who can commit to supporting a young person to volunteer.

This is funded by Scottish Government, funding that requires the placement to be arranged by the end of March 2021 to qualify for funding.


The Scottish Government’s Youth Guarantee states: “We will guarantee to every young person aged between 16 and 24 in Scotland the opportunity, based on their own personal circumstances and ambitions, of going to university or college, an apprenticeship programme, training, fair employment including work experience, or participating in a formal volunteering programme.”

Scottish Government have distributed funding to partners including local authorities and colleges to deliver the programme.

Many young people will identify for themselves opportunities as part of the Youth Guarantee. But for a small cohort, furthest from the labour market, identifying opportunities will be particularly challenging. This includes for volunteering where we anticipate that the third sector’s capacity to take on volunteers is likely to shrink while an increasing number of people will look to volunteer. It must also be recognised that managing volunteers is not a free activity – it requires time and dedication on the part of host organisations, particularly where people are less ready for work.



The programme is open to young people (aged 16-24) who are:

  • Not currently in employment, education or training
  • Are interested and willing to volunteer, and
  • Are unlikely to secure or retain a volunteering role without additional support. This could be because of a wide range of issues including (but not limited to):
    • Care Experienced
    • Difficulties accessing support
    • Difficulties settling
    • Difficulty making friends
    • Disengaged from services
    • Disruptive home setting / Family issues
    • Emotional or social difficulties
    • From a Travelling community
    • High reluctance to engage
    • Lack of focus
    • Learning difficulty, such as dyslexia
    • Learning disability
    • Low educational achievement (no SCQF Level 5 qualifications)
    • Low self-esteem / confidence
    • Not good at achieving targets
    • Physical Disability
    • Speaking English as an additional language
    • Poor mental health
    • Poor timekeeping
    • Risk of becoming homeless
    • Risk taking behaviours: substance abuse, criminal behaviour in the community
    • Self-harm / suicidal behaviour

Support Available

All young people coming through the programme will receive support from Glasgow Life. This will include understanding their priorities, identifying a suitable placement for them, and agreeing additional support needed.

Organisations taking placements will receive a small grant (between £400 and £2,500) to help them make any adjustments necessary and provide additional support to the young person. The level of grant will depend on the support the young person needs. If necessary, external specialist support can be commissioned using some of this grant.

Where a training need is identified or if the young person lacks qualifications at SCQF Level 5, Glasgow Life have access to a training budget to commission training.


Joining the Programme

Organisations can register their interest in hosting a placement by completing the survey monkey application form.

Young people who meet the criteria can be referred to Glasgow Life by emailing

If your organisation is already working with eligible young people who are interested in starting volunteering with you can apply to join the programme by e-mailing