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Stagecraft for Youth Workers

Training Course

16-23 March 2022 | Moffat, United Kingdom

Develop advanced communication, presentation and facilitation skills for youth work, with an experienced team, combining approaches such as theatre, comedy, storytelling, psychology, sociology, education, music, social & creative community work.


StageCraft for Youth Workers" is the 3rd edition, funded by the Erasmus+ programme and promoted by the UK NGO Coyote Initiatives. The project is a 7-day residential training for youth workers, social workers and educators, using approaches including theatre, comedy, storytelling, psychology, sociology, education, music, social & creative community work. The training format is based on non-formal education techniques, and utilises advanced communication, presentation and facilitation skills development. 

The project will take place in Scotland, UK, in the town of Moffat, which is 50 miles south of Edinburgh. The venue is The Well Road Centre, a large Victorian building which was once a boarding school, and now hosts trainings, events, youth groups and other events. The training runs from the 16th – 23rd March 2022. The 16th is a travel day, and also the first day, with the course starting at 5pm. It will involve 24 participants and 4 trainers from 8 different European countries (Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and United Kingdom).


• To develop and build on a greater understanding of the presentation and engagement skills and experiences of youth workers;

• To explore and understand the effects of effective presentation and engagement with an audience of young people and in the role of youth worker;

• To gain a greater awareness of the theory behind “Stagecraft” taken from the fields of psychology, sociology, education, theatre and creative community (comedy, music and drama);

To identify and realise the opportunities to put the skills developed into practice;

To explore the opportunities for realising their youth work potential through Erasmus+ and develop future collaborations.


The course seeks to develop what we think of as advanced skills – sometimes neglected - of being able to use the environment, our physiology, our body language and the content of our message to make our youth work even more effective. We will draw from applied psychology and from skills-sets used in theatre by professional presenters and comedians, to make the training diverse and exciting. Participants will have opportunities to reflect on the fact that as well as expensive and ubiquitous technology - there are many other resources and skills we can use to keep young people engaged and develop effective relationships with them.

Our course will be highly interactive, we will apply each methodology on the spot and participants will have many chances to challenge themselves in and out of their comfort zones to develop new awareness and skills. Be prepared for some real Stagecraft thrills!

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Training overview


This Training Course is

for 30 participants

from Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Turkey, United Kingdom

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Volunteering mentors, Social Workers, Educators

Working language(s):



Coyote Initiatives (Youth NGO)

Coyote Initiatives is a non-profit Community Interest Company and Social Enterprise based in Edinburgh and working across Scotland.
We design and deliver a range of trainings, facilitation, programmes & projects, mainly for young people & youth field professionals both in Scotland and internationally.
Our focus is on youth & community engagement and empowerment, using a wide variety of methods and tools including music, arts, technology and nature. We work in partnership with local government, charities, social, youth and other leading organisations to design and deliver projects for young people, especially those with fewer opportunities and from marginalised groups.

Contact for questions:

Steven Gasgarth


Phone: +447814771201


Participation fee

A non-refundable bond of £30 is to be paid by bank transfer once you are selected for the course. This is not refundable, unless we cancel the course.

A participation fee of £20-£90, to be paid in cash during the course, based upon your own, and your organisation's situation.

If the fee is a barrier to attendance we can make arrangements with you and your organisation to ensure you can attend. 

The Erasmus+ funding does not fully cover the course. We work with the venue, training team, project coordinator and ourselves to provide subsidised rates for this course. This, along with your contribution of the above fees, and the time and effort put in by our partner organisations for free, allow this course to take place and all act as co-funding of this project.

Accommodation and food

All food and accommodation will be covered by us and the Erasmus funding. 

Travel reimbursement

Elligible travel costs up to the limits set by Erasmus+ will be reimbursed upon receipt of all relevant documentation. All details will be supplied prior to the course. 

Maximum reimbursement amounts:

TURKEY: €530

UK: €180

This training activity is funded by:

The Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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