Cashback for Communities: A Festive Update

Young people stand aboard Alba Venturer holding a white flag with the yellow 'Cashback for Communities' logo.

“The group have gained so much more confidence, trying new foods, developing life skills whist learning to cook and clean and, in the young people’s own words, ‘putting themselves out there more to try new things’.”

The Impact of Youth Work Practice, with Gillian McDiarmid

Gillian and young people pose together for a photo while on a youth exchange in Hungary.

As Senior Youth Development Worker with Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, I have had the privilege of witnessing the profound and lasting impact that youth work can have on the lives of young people. As we celebrate Youth Work Week 2023, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the significant role that youth work […]

CashBack for Communities Phase 6

We are thrilled to announce that we will be a CashBack For Communities Partner in Phase 6! Over the next 3 years starting from April, we will deliver our On Board with CashBack programme to a minimum of 248 young people from all over Scotland. This will be comprised of 6 groups in Year 1, […]


A wet and windy week for Reach but a fun and challenging time for all!

The GK Experience

This week we had a brilliant time back doing what we love, this time with the inspiring young people from the GK experience. We are buzzing to have them all on board again for voyage 2 in September. The voyages form part of the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme, which aims to identify and […]


*Justice Secretary Keith Brown commends charity for creative approach during pandemic* Scotland’s largest sail-training charity will recommence its youth work on the waves this week – following a 15-month wait on the shores of Greenock. Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, which supports more than 800 young people each year through life-changing residential youth work at sea, […]

Another Session Done!

Crate Climbing Paddleboarding Kayaking Another event completed as part of our Change Tack with Cashback with the Cashback for Communities programme. We had a brilliant time kayaking with our group at Pinkston Watersports, Glasgow. There was a lot of games and jumping in! Along with some great discussion and planning about our upcoming voyage. Thanks […]

Another Session with St Paul’s Youth Forum

Another great session with St Paul’s Youth Forum who told us they have not left the city in 8 months. This time archery and axe throwing and even a bit of dodgeball! Thanks to Gary from Rope Spoke & Paddle for the activity and all the laughs. The team are looking forward to our next […]

OYTS BBQ with the GK experience

As part of our ‘Change Tack with CashBack’ programme, 6 of our groups will be participating in an assortment of monthly events where young people will participate in land-based activities. This week, we had a great BBQ and Easter egg hunt with some young people from @thegkexperience. The event took place at Mugdock Park where […]

North Ayrshire’s “pretty special” CashBack voyage

Setting sail on the 25th September, a group of 10 young people from North Ayrshire set sail on an exciting 5 day voyage around the west coast of Scotland. The group threw themselves into the experience which one young person described as “a great adventure I’d love to do again.” On board the 72ft yacht Alba […]

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