Cooking With Confidence 2018

Starting in January, YCSA, in conjunction with Social Bite and Kelvin College, ran an eight-week course designed to increase young people’s knowledge of healthy food and to improve their communication skills. Our young people learned five new recipes, how to budget and shop economically and plan a community meal. The participants planned, organised and made the meal, which was served at Social Bite’s city centre café. The young people specifically enjoyed learning how to cook, going to Social Bite and learning about food and nutrition.

“I have been happy. I really enjoy it.”

“I am so very happy and really enjoy.”

“I meet new people.”

“I like all of them [the recipes] but my favourite food is curry.”

Thanks to Ewain and Social Bite for allowing us to use their café. Please contact YCSA on 0141 420 6600 if you would like to register an interest in any future Cooking With Confidence classes.

Tel: 0141 420 6600

YCSA Community Consultations – 2018


In November and December 2017, Our staff conducted a survey consultation in schools, colleges and amongst its existing clients across the city. This set of consultations aimed to give the current generation of young people in particular, a platform to express the main issues affecting them in their lives.

The participants in the study were to ask two key questions:
1) What are the main issues affecting you as a young person? Or young people generally?
2) What services offered by YCSA and what projects or social topics covered on our programmes interest you the most?

Acknowledging that the pressures faced by young people change quickly overall and that the experiences of BME people can vary depending on circumstances, these surveys took a wide sample of responses from a large set of participants. The aim of the consultation in general was to provide an understanding of the needs of young people in Glasgow and those of BME young people in particular so that YCSA can make its projects more effective and useful for this group.

The full, final report which covers the findings of this survey is available here:
It is accessible as a useful resource for anyone interested in young people’s opinions and involved in improving the prospects for young people in Glasgow.

Please get in touch with us if you would like to know any further information beyond the report.

Tel: 0141 420 6600

Addressing Depression in Muslim Communities

The link below will take you to a study by the University of Leeds on Adapted Behavioural Activation for the Treatment of Depression in Muslims. There are also a number of booklets and manuals produced as part of the study.

Tel: 0141 420 6600

YCSA Vacancies

The Youth Community Support Agency is a Glasgow based charitable company working with disadvantaged young people, primarily from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

YCSA is recruiting for the following posts:

We are looking to recruit a Manager who will lead, manage and develop the organisation.
Salary: £33,000 pro rata – 4 days a week.
The successful applicant will have significant managerial experience, excellent organisational, communication skills, funding experience and a significant understanding of issues experienced by young people .
The post is funded by Glasgow City Council initially until March 2019.

Closing date is the 16th February, 2018
Interviews will be held on the 5th March, 2018

Counsellor/Counselling and Wellbeing Co-ordinator
Salary: £24,324 pro rata per annum for 17.5 hours per week
Base: YCSA, 48 Darnley Street, Glasgow

Youth Community Support Agency (YCSA) has been providing support for BME young people in Glasgow for over 20 years, from our base in Pollokshields. We provide holistic support through a variety of in-house services to ensure young people aged 12-25 from ethnic minority backgrounds have effective support to help them overcome barriers and reach positive destinations. The Counselling and Wellbeing Service forms one strand of this work. Support is also provided to parents/carers of the young people as required.

We are currently seeking an experienced and qualified Counsellor to provide Counselling and to support our Volunteer Counsellors and Wellbeing practitioners in providing a quality service. The Counsellor / Counselling and Wellbeing Co-ordinator will form part of the YCSA team and work closely with the YCSA Office and Volunteer Manager.
Summary of Job Purpose
The Counsellor /Counselling Co-ordinator will:
• Provide a safe and effective Counselling and Wellbeing service to BME young people and/or their parents/carers, through direct Counselling
• Contribute to the ongoing development of the Counselling and Wellbeing service including coordinating and supporting our Counselling/Wellbeing Volunteers
• Ensure the delivery of best practice throughout the Counselling and Wellbeing service.
• Contribute to effective performance management within the service and contribute to service development.

Closing Date: Wednesday 7th 12.00 noon
Interview Date: Wednesday 14th February

These posts are funded by Glasgow City Council Integrated Grant Fund initially until end March 2019.
For further information and application pack email:

YCSA is an equal opportunity employer and is determined to ensure that applicants are treated equally, regardless of their sex, gender re-assignment, age, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, marital status, or race.

Tel: 0141 420 6600