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Elsbeth Neil
Regional Co-ordinator

Elsbeth NeilElsbeth has been involved in youth and community development for over 24 years specialising in the empowerment and personal development of young people. Although initially going into this field in a voluntary capacity, following a family ethos of youth & community volunteering, she has gone on to develop formal youth work programmes in Lanarkshire and the Highlands.

She developed and ran the very successful Goals Project in Lanarkshire in partnership with Lanark Careers Service and Community Education. This intensive personal development programme helped long-term unemployed young people into employment and training and focussed on the well-being and confidence of the young person.

In the Highlands, Elsbeth has been involved with various youth and community work organisations, initially developing a youth participation project, linking with Connect Youth in the setting up of the Scottish Youth Parliament. This project offered young people in the Highlands an opportunity to represent their peers and to have their voices heard.  In 2001 she went on to set up GOYODA, the Highland Youth Information Service, which offers one to one support, information workshops delivered through schools and youth clubs, and an information signposting service.  More recently, Elsbeth developed the Without Walls Project which, through partnership with YMCA Scotland, Project Scotland and the Joseph Rank Trust offers Gap work/volunteer placement opportunities for young people aged between 16 and 25.

Elsbeth continues to follow a volunteering ethos and is presently a Director with Day1 which offers mentoring support for young people aged 14 to 16, and is secretary of the Highland Alternative Music project.

She firmly believes that learning is a natural, on going process which is inherent in everyone and which should have no finite stops. Elsbeth follows this belief, and continues to undertake academic study, in the company of her two children and husband who are also studying – Crazy or What!!!

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