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Rural Youth Project expands the team

21 August 2019

Rural Youth Project expands the team

The Rural Youth Project is a movement for positive change to empower young people (18 to 28 years of age), through developing their leadership, business and enterprise skills, whilst encouraging positive activism to help to play their part in making rural places attractive and viable for young people to build their lives and their futures.


At its core, the project is delivered for Young People with them involved throughout the development and delivery.

Since launching in February 2018, we have had a very successful first year achieving the following:

  • 755 responses to an online survey of 60 questions;
  • 20 vloggers telling their stories via the Rural Youth website and social media channels;
  • An Ideas Festival, fully funded by Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER from 1-3 August 2018, with 110 people attending, including Mairi Gougeon MSP who has endorsed the project in many of her speeches over the last six months including in Parliament, at Scottish Rural Action and in interviews with the press;
  • Podcast launch;
  • Joint Parliamentary reception at Holyrood on 3 October;
  • Media and wider community engagement;
  • The development of an action plan is based on the Rural Youth Project survey findings and the views of young people engaged with during 2018;
  • Informal partnerships formed with eight organisations including Lantra Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Rural Network, Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs, Rural Youth Europe, National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, Youth Link Scotland and media partnerships with Scottish Farmer. Digital supported by TAP.

Next Steps

The project is now at the start of a longer-term programme to reach out to all areas of Scotland and enable all rural young people to participate, become empowered and become the next generation of rural leaders in Scotland.

This next stage, which will include the recruitment of two new team members, will be supported by Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER Programme 2014-2020: “The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas”, the Rural Youth LEADER Co-operation Project involves Rural Perth and Kinross (lead LAG), Angus, Lanarkshire, Outer Hebrides and Scottish Borders.

Job Vacancies

The project is looking to recruit two part-time freelancers to support the day-to-day delivery of the project which will be managed by the Directors, Jane Craigie and Rebecca Dawes.

For full job specifications please click on the relevant role below.

Applications will be accepted until midnight on Wednesday 28 August 2019 and should be sent via email to

Communications and Project Coordinator

Bookkeeper and Admin Officer