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National Youth Volunteering Design Team Application

Apply for the National Design Team

Thank you for your interest in joining our National Design Team to look at the future of youth volunteering in Scotland!

Please get in touch with us via email at or on the phone on 0131 
313 2488 if you would prefer to:
  • submit your application as a video 
  • request a copy of this application form as a Word document
  • talk about alternative ways of applying

Young Scot have teamed up with ProjectScotland and the Scottish Government to work with a National Design Team of 25 young people from around the country to look at how we can change volunteering for the better. The National Design Team will work together to come up with ideas on how to do this, and these ideas will be given to Scottish Government. Scottish Government will use the ideas from the National Design Team to help shape their response to supporting volunteering over the next 10 years. 

All young people aged 14-25 who live in Scotland are invited to apply to join the National Design Team. You will need to commit to the project for six months - from June to December 2018. Over these six months you will be asked to attend 3 residential events and 3 one-day events, and will sometimes be given tasks to do outside of these events. The events will be held all around Scotland, so although you will need to travel to some others should be nearer to you.

We will also work with you using a website and app called Basecamp, which is an online space for us to update you with project information and for you to communicate with the other Team members.

National Design Team members will have the opportunity to be involved in promoting their findings to a wide variety of key people across Scotland and helping them understand what they can do to bring these ideas to life.

You don't need any experience of volunteering to take part.

All of your travel, accommodation and other expenses will be covered for this project.

Applications will close on the 31st May 2018 and all applicants will be invited to attend a selection day event on the 3rd June.

To make sure we can put together the best possible panel for the project, please answer the questions below as best you can.

We will only use the information you provide below for the purpose of recruitment to the National Design Team, and it will be shared with ProjectScotland for this purpose. We will not share your information with anyone else, and it will remain confidential. We will not keep data for any unsuccessful applicants for longer than 6 months.

Please email any questions to or call us on 
0131 313 2488.
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13. Everyone who applies to join the National Design Team will be asked to attend a selection day on the 3rd June at the Young Scot Office in Edinburgh. This selection day will be a chance for you to meet other applicants and take part in some group work activities.

Young Scot will pay for your travel to the selection day and may organise overnight accommodation for you if you are travelling a long distance.

The selection day is a compulsory part of the application process. Please tell us if you can come to the selection day or not. 
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