Participants in the October (secondary aged) Gaitherins are welcome to apply to be Shadows at the Easter (primary aged) Gaitherins.

Usually Shadows will be in S3 or above but exceptions may be made on an individual basis.  Shadows aged 16 or over will require to have an appropriate PVG record (which the Gaitherin will organise).

A Shadow is a volunteer position and assists the work of either the Youth Workers or the Tutors.  There is no charge to Shadows for taking part and no fee is paid to them.  Shadows are expected to arrange their own lunches and transport to and from the Gaitherin.

Shadowing is a very important part of the opportunities offered to young people by the Gaitherin.  Shadows learn valuable knowledge and skills including team work, child protection, youth work, instructing, health and safety.  Hours spent Shadowing can be used for wider Youth Development Schemes and Awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.

Potential Shadows are given a couple of days intensive training designed to equip them to work successfully at the Gaitherin and to really understand the ethics and principles of being part of this highly successful youth work initiative.

This year the training for Shadows is on 24 February and 25 February 2018. Attendance at the training does not guarantee that you will be selected as Shadow for Easter Gaitherin 2018. Please complete the Shadow Application form if you are interested in attending the training and possibly being selected to Shadow at Easter Gaitherin 2018. If you do not get a response to your application within one to two weeks, please email

Shadow Application Form 2018

For Easter 2017 Shadows
  • You are not committing yourself at this point - this is just to give us a general idea
  • You are not committing yourself at this point. The more flexible you can be be the better though obviously you must be reasonably competent in the instrument or activity.
  • You might want to include your previous participation in the Gaitherin, any relevant experience of volunteering eg. with children, and any experience in your chosen instrument/activity.
  • You may want to include what personal skills and abilities it might give you and how it will contribute to your overall ambitions for your future.
  • Please tell us if you have any medical, dietary, learning, physical or other support needs that we should be aware of whilst you are involved with the Gaitherin.
  • It is preferable if you can attend all of the training and the whole Gaitherin week but please confirm below by ticking what you can attend. If you have a particular problem with any of days we may still be able to accommodate you.