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Volunteering Matters

Project Scotland

  • Stage 1


    Reaching out and supporting individuals into regular activity and positive routines

  • Stage 2

    Assess Needs

    Assess initial needs and agree key activities to address barriers to employment and training

  • Stage 3

    Vocational Activity

    A range of core skills employability and accredited training and job search activities.

  • Stage 4

    Employers & Job Matching

    Arranging work or volunteer placements with employers

  • Stage 5

    In Work Support & Aftercare

    Supporting individuals to maintain and progress within the workplace


Clare Brown,
Main Contact


Opening Times

9am to 5pm,

Our dedicated Volunteer Engagement Manager for Perth and Kinross works with each young person for an average of 20 weeks; mentoring support can continue for up to one year. During this time, the Volunteer Engagement Manager supports young people in defining and meeting personal goals and to have belief in their abilities – raising their aspirations and expectations. Our approach to supporting young people is to nurture, develop, embrace, and celebrate their aspirations and to help identify a range of opportunities that will help meet their aspirations, whether its progressing into training, employment, further education, or entrepreneurship.

Whilst our proposal is not specifically targeting employability themes, it does provide young people with the tools to progress through the employability pipeline and access opportunities including Kickstart; whereby our staff will link in with local Youth Employability Coaches, and employers.

Although our model is designed to be adaptable and flexible to individual needs, there are some foundational elements, which support and link back to the Young Person’s Guarantee opportunities (employment, training, volunteering, education):

*This, and all our engagement, is carried out in person as much as possible. However, we are now well adapted to delivering virtually should restrictions call for this again.

Built into the programme, and underlying all our work, are the following stages in helping young people move onto a positive destination; with Youth Engagement Managers, Mentors and Charity Partners all playing an important role in providing the following:

Barrier Removal

In recognition that the barriers faced by the young people are complex, this is an important area where support is given. This includes:

Vocational Activity

This takes place in one-to-one sessions with a mentor or the Volunteer Engagement Manager and includes:

Work Ready Support

We recognise that the aim for each young person is to become financially independent by finding and maintaining paid employment, which is a key ambition of the Young Person’s Guarantee. This may take longer for some than others and training, education or further volunteering is seen as a positive step in the right direction. We want to help people become more ready for the labour market by undertaking many activities, including:


Mentoring is a key part of our service, with one-to-one regular mentoring helping young people to maximise what they are learning on their placement, consolidate their communication skills and learn how to use their skills to move their life on. Mentors provide support with overcoming barriers, building CVs, practising interview techniques, applying for jobs and more generally supporting young people with their goals – providing a sounding board for anything they need to discuss, listening, and providing guidance where appropriate.

Our support for mentors uses different platforms; as well as group and one-to-one meetings we utilise digital formats, phone calls, email, Linked-In and Facebook.