New research on value of youth work to Scottish economy

Girlguiding Scotland gained national media coverage last week as we welcomed new YouthLink Scotland research on the value of youth work to the Scottish economy.

Scottish Chief Commissioner Sue Walker responded to the new research findings, which estimate the value of youth work to the Scottish economy at around £656 million with a return of £7 for every £1 of public cash spent. Our comment featured in The Herald and charity sector magazine Third Force News.

Sue Walker said:

“Youthlink Scotland’s new research showing the huge contribution youth work makes to Scotland’s economy is a fantastic endorsement of the work we do with our 50,000 young members.

“Our fantastic Leaders work hard to give girls in communities throughout Scotland opportunities, confidence, fun and adventure they might not otherwise have got the chance to experience.

“We know from our own research that Scottish guiding unlocks opportunities and empowerment for our volunteers too – almost half our volunteers say it’s helped them get a job or work experience, and 99 per cent tell us it’s had a positive effect on their lives.

“Support such as the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities scheme is vital in helping us reach more girls with the fun and adventure of guiding and get new units off the ground.”

Edinburgh Brownie Leader Rosy Burgess also shared her inspiring story on the value of youth work and how being involved in guiding helped to turn her life around. Rosy’s story featured in The Daily Record.