SYHA Hostelling Scotland hosted a Youth Development Reception in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the opening of five-star Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel, on Thursday 6th of October.

The reception held at Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel in Haddington Place, allowed the perfect opportunity for SYHA's Board and staff members to acknowledge the sustained support from their youth partners on a number of very successful youth development projects over the past decade.

Hamish MacBear

It also provided a platform for SYHA’s youth partners and other youth development organisations to share their respective knowledge and experiences while exchanging ideas to maximise all of the potential opportunities as we look ahead to VisitScotland’s Year of Young People in 2018.

SYHA Chairman of the Board, David Calder (right) 

SYHA Chief Executive, Keith Legge, expressed his gratification, saying "we’re delighted to be celebrating 10 years at Edinburgh Central alongside our youth development partners. Our youth programmes allow young people the chance to venture beyond the classroom and experience the great outdoors on a curriculum led trip."

In attendance were SYHA Board Members including chairman David Calder, and leaders from various other youth organisations, a list which included YMCA Scotland, LGBT Youth Scotland and Duke of Edinburgh.

SYHA have created a number of well-respected youth programmes and funded opportunities at some of Scotland’s most iconic and stunning locations. Their flexible options allow teachers to plan trips to meet curriculum needs as well as guaranteeing a positive learning experience.

SYHA Deputy CEO, Margo Paterson (Left) National Trust for Scotland CEO, Heath Brown (middle) LGBT Youth Scotland Leader, Fergus McMillan (right)

Our Youth and Volunteer programmes are planned to expand year on year for the next 2 years, in conjunction with the VisitScotland Year of Young People. The youth development programmes are proving to be very popular as up to 5,000 young people have taken part in the last ten years, a figure which is due to increase significantly in the coming years.
We are also delighted to have received a second year of funding towards offering two groups of up to 20 participants plus their teachers or leaders an opportunity to participate in a two night residential stay for young people currently in Perthshire and Tayside area.

SYHA Youth Development Reception

As part of our efforts in promoting youth engagement and development, two new SYHA programmes have just been introduced and are currently under development, STE(A)M in the city and STE(A)M in the country-in partnership with John Muir Award and Opal Field Surveys.