A World of Difference

YouthLink Scotland and Changing Faces have developed new resources for youth workers and volunteers across Scotland to better support young people with visible differences and disfigurements.

Funded by The Robertson Trust and the National Lottery community fund in Scotland, our A World of Difference resources will support youth workers and volunteers to better understand and deliver workshops on visible difference to their groups and communities.

The resources will help youth workers and volunteers talk about visible difference within their groups. Through greater awareness and understanding, groups and clubs can provide a welcoming and inclusive space for everyone.

By exploring visible difference, we can help to change the negative stereotypes often associated with looking different. Talking with young people about visible difference is a key part of creating an inclusive environment for all.

Our resources are open for all youth group settings including youth clubs, sports clubs, performance groups, uniformed groups or outdoor activity centres.

The resources will help you support young people to discuss and explore issues such as:

  • Why some people have a visible difference.
  • How stereotypes have a negative effect.
  • The importance of treating everyone fairly and equally.

Visit Changing Faces’ website for more information.

CPD Video - Best Practice

Watch a 10 minutes video explaining best youth work practice for workshop delivery, exploring some of the key issues and how to respond to negative reactions.

What is unconscious bias?

Our video explores how unconscious bias affects the decisions we make, and the way we behave when we’re working with young people.

A World of Difference Workshop Guide

Full and thorough workshop guide to support youth workers to engage young people about visible differences and the effect that stereotypes in the media can have on people who look different.

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PowerPoint Presentation

16-slide PowerPoint presentation for delivery of A World of Difference Workshop.

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