Getting the space to do your own thing

Young Scot is working to connect young people with the space they need to do what they want.

The new project, called somewhereto, asks youngsters to identify locked spaces that are perfect for their activity needs and Young Scot will support them in their negotiations with space holders.

The kind of activities that these spaces can be used for is diverse. It could be to play sport, rehearse for a band, dance, broadcast, showcase art – the list is endless. However, your identified space has to be for an activity you love purely for the enjoyment of doing it, and not a place for training or recruitment.

Unused and under-used spaces can include empty shops, garages, roof-tops, car parks, gyms and allotments to name a few.

They can pretty much be anything, providing that they are safe.

What’s more, space can be virtual areas too – so if you’ve ever wanted to write articles for your favourite website, we can help.

We’d also like to put the spotlight on existing examples. So if you’ve managed to unlock a space that you use regularly for your activity, we want to hear from you.

So if you’re aged between 16 and 25, and you have something that you love to do but have nowhere to do it, let us know.

Call 0808 801 0338 for more information.