Our Scottish Attainment Challenge Partnership is a joint project between six local authorities, Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Improvement Service.
This ground-breaking project builds on the success of Renfrewshire’s Youth Services Model – a demonstrator programme which used the Young Scot National Entitlement Card (YSNEC) to provide travel entitlements to young jobseekers and care leavers.
We wanted to explore if the smart card technology in the YSNEC could be used in other innovative ways to improve the health and wellbeing of young people living in deprived areas. We also wanted to test models of delivery that could be customised for other areas of Scotland.
All young people in Scotland have access to the same discounted offers using their YSNEC. However, specific groups of young people can be given access to extra entitlements for free using their cards. This is critical to ensure that they can access this support in the same way as their friends – creating a non-stigmatising way of working with specific groups of young people.
Phase one with North Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and The Highland Council
During the first phase of the project, we worked with North Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and The Highland Council. This partnership used the YSNEC to provide local entitlements to over 1,000 young people who are facing significant barriers to their attainment.
The entitlements included local information, travel tickets, weekend and holiday food provision, access to leisure and extra-curricular activities, and help to reduce the cost of the school day. These extra entitlements were specifically selected as they are known to improve health and wellbeing – drivers in improving attainment, reducing inequality and challenging rural poverty.