27 February 2014
A new initiative linked to the Commonwealth Games passes half
More than 500 unemployed young people have already benefited
from the impact of the Commonwealth Games thanks to a new
volunteering and employability programme.
Scotland's Best - backed by £2.4 million from the Scottish
Government's Legacy 2014 Young Person's Fund - is promising to
offer 1,000 young people a chance to take part in the programme by
The announcement comes as Scotland celebrates Legacy Week (24-28
February) with less than 150 days to go until the Commonwealth
Games arrive in Glasgow.
The week - a partnership between the Scottish Government,
Glasgow City Council and Glasgow 2014 - focuses on the legacy the
Commonwealth Games will leave behind.
Scotland's Best is a Legacy programme administered by Skills
Development Scotland (SDS) that gives many of the recruits the
chance to volunteer at sporting and cultural events across the
Participants of the programme not only gain valuable
employability skills and work experience, but receive a
qualification at SCQF level 4.
Commonwealth Games and Sport Minister, Shona Robison said,
"Volunteers make a major contribution to our society and there's
no better time to get involved than 2014. Scotland has a rich
tradition of volunteering - it's a hugely rewarding way to get more
involved in your local community and to change lives.
"Scotland's Best Legacy programme offers support to young people
aged 16 to 24 across Scotland, allowing them to gain valuable
skills and experience to help them on the first steps towards
employment. One such project took place earlier in Edinburgh
during Legacy Week, with youngsters working hard at Gorgie City
Farm, making a valuable contribution to the upkeep of this
family-friendly community resource.
"As well as providing a rewarding personal experience, these
skills will make a positive imprint on their future and create a
lasting legacy from the Games."
Catherine Thomas, SDS's Commonwealth Games Legacy Manager, said:
"I can think of no better legacy for the Commonwealth Games than
helping young people take that vital first step into the workplace
and giving them skills that will last beyond the Games.
"We are half way to reaching our goal of providing 1,000 young
people with a volunteering opportunity.
"Scotland's Best is just one of the employability programmes SDS
supports and offers the perfect combination of training and
A group of Scotland's Best participants took part in a programme
delivered by The Princes Trust in partnership with Heart of
Midlothian FC which saw them volunteer at Gorgie City Farm in
Gail Vencker from Gorgie City Farm said: "We were so impressed
at the amount of work the group got done as well as their
enthusiasm despite some difficult and cold weather conditions.
"We really rely on teams of volunteers to crack on with big
tasks of this nature and we can't thank them enough."
A young person who took part in the programme added: "To work on
a project so close to home was fun, and to know that others from
the community will benefit from all our hard work makes us feel
"We also started on a second project on the pond and we are keen
to go back to help finish it."
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Carole Murphy, External Communications
0141 285 6253 or Carole.Murphy@sds.co.uk
NOTE TO EDITORS:
To be eligible for Scotland's Best you must be aged 16 to 24,
unemployed and a resident in Scotland.
To find out more about the programme call 0800 917 8000 or visit
The Scottish Government outlined its legacy plans in September
2009. These plans set out how the people of Scotland will benefit
from a lasting and positive legacy from hosting major events, such
as Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, as part of Legacy 2014.