Racial Justice Resources



Program Partner

Volunteers will be hosted by the Church of Scotland Priority Areas Team who support and resource the 65 most economically deprived parishes in Scotland, 31 of which are in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city.

YAV’s will meet fantastic people living and working in Priority Area parishes; encourage people and communities to thrive through serving in church/community projects in one of the priority areas; have the opportunity to live in ‘intentional community’; and, find themselves appreciated, growing and developing in a unique and fulfilling way.

Watch ‘Hope in a Fragile Church’ to find out more about some of the creative work going on in Priority Area parishes in Scotland.

Program Description

The Church of Scotland is the national Presbyterian Church and affirms that ‘Priority for the poorest and the most marginalized is the Gospel imperative facing the whole Church, not just the Church in the poorest places’. In keeping with this affirmation, the Church has directed additional staffing and resources to these areas of deprivation.  Our way of working, focusing on people’s strengths and working in partnership has resulted in a wide range of creative programs.  It has been one of the huge privileges of church life in priority areas over the years not only to share in people’s struggles but also to encounter their extraordinary resilience, determination and capacity to overcome apparently impossible obstacles.  This is not to minimize the problems – and the injustices – but it is to celebrate the many amazing people who face and overcome hardship and who continue to inspire us all with their hope.

Site Coordinator

Lynn MacLellan

One of the Church of Scotland Priority Areas Team Members in Glasgow
How do I apply?

LEARN MORE by selecting an option from the green bar above! Details on Intentional Community Living, YAV Blogs, Placement Opportunities & Requirements can be found.


Intentional Community Living

scotland-yav-site-possibility-growsVolunteers will live together and have community space every week to spend time together for community building, reflection and prayer.  In addition, volunteers will meet with the site coordinator twice a month for group time to reflect on experiences, learn more about the impacts of poverty in Scotland and how the church and other agencies are addressing these issues, while also learning more about Scotland’s history and culture.   There will also be three four-day-long retreats during the year in October, February and June.


Young Adult Volunteers (YAV) is a service and leadership development program through the World Mission division of the PC(USA). Young adults serve for one year in the U.S. or internationally, in areas such as fair trade or environmental issues, and have the opportunity to experience Christianity in a new culture. YAVs are between ages 19 and 30. Check out the YAV program blog here. 

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Placement Opportunities

Volunteers will serve in church/community projects in one of the priority area parishes.   The following are examples of the type of ministries where YAVs will be placed:

  • Children and youth projects including outdoor activities and house visits
  • Family support projects with a wide program of activities
  • Community cafés
  • Arts, music and drama projects for children and youth
  • Community growing and environmental projects to help tackle food poverty
  • Church community woodworking projects to develop members’ skills
  • Involvement in Self-Reliant Groups (SRGs) to help people learn new skills and build confidence to set up their own social enterprises
  • Chaplaincy in schools

On Sunday mornings, there will also be opportunities to be involved in congregational activities such as assisting in worship, leading children and youth work and other pastoral duties.


Volunteers will share an apartment in a central location which is a short bus journey away from most of the placements.


Age: 22 to 30

Education: College degree or equivalent age and life experience