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Circuit – a new kind of learning space

New Tech Spaces for Young People with Care Experience – the UKs first.

NEoN Digital Arts is proud to have been selected to deliver one of three new tech spaces specifically designed for Young People with Care Experience. In collaboration with YMCA Scotland, NEoN has developed a 12-week programme focusing on Pixels, Vectors, and Fonts. The programme gives young people the opportunity to gain practical skills in graphic design and online publishing.

In today’s first session, participants learned about bookbinding, book layout, and zine making. These physical, hands-on techniques helped us discuss moving from paper to digital formats and consider how interaction and interpretation change in the digital world.

Designed by people with care experience for people with care experience.

Circuit’s groundbreaking network of tech havens for young people with care experience, designed by and for people with care experience, is set to revolutionise the landscape of tech education and community-building. 

Building from a partnership led by YMCA Scotland, Circuit has been crafted by a team who understand the journey of care-experienced young people, Circuit is not just a space; it’s a movement. It stands as a testament to the power of community and innovation, offering a safe space where young people can nurture their potential, forge meaningful connections, and take a deep dive into the realm of technology and the opportunities for future work in this field.  

Starting with 12-week programmes in Dundee, Paisley and Glasgow, Circuit hubs will provide a diverse mix of experiences, from filmmaking to game design, empowering young people to explore their passions and hone their skills. 

Bookbinding tools

All Circuit partners recognise the challenges of belonging and strive to create more than just a tech space. Our ethos is one of inclusion, support, and empowerment, where every member is valued and celebrated. 

Members will be supported by a dedicated team of youth workers and industry mentors, and they will be encouraged to push the boundaries of their potential and chart their own course in the tech world. 

Lisa, a board member, encapsulates the spirit of Circuit: “Circuit is not just a physical space, but also a supportive community where young people with care-experience can thrive and call a place their own. They are able to learn new skills and adapt on old ones they have, it’s wonderful to see a place that values every voice and promotes people’s dreams.” 

Circuit caters to a range of interests within the tech sphere, from coding to gaming and beyond. Our commitment to accessibility extends to every aspect of our space, ensuring that every member feels welcome and supported regardless of ability. 

Circuit is poised to redefine the landscape of tech education in Scotland in collaboration with partners like YouthLink Scotland, Mhor Collective, Barnardos, Scottish Tech Army, and Renfrewshire Council. 

 Peter Gilchrist, National Digital Project, YMCA Scotland, commented on the launch:  

“Circuit is a testament to the power of collaboration and community. With the support of our partners and the generosity of the National Lottery Community Fund through the Life Changes Trust, we are paving the way for a brighter future for young people with care-experience.” 

 YouthLink Scotland, Policy and Research Manager, Kevin Kane said,  

“The Circuit hubs are excellent examples of the transformative power of youth work at supporting and empowering young people, often far from mainstream services. It is lovely to see Circuit embody the spirit of youth work by providing a safe, welcoming and nurturing environment for care experienced young people to connect with like-minded peers and rally around their enthusiasm for tech.” 

Considering the book cover layout

Sorcha Pringle, Consultant for Circuit, added:  

“Circuit is a programme that has been a delight to be part of. It is driven by the desire to make creative tech education, more accessible, particularly for those who are care experienced. As someone who lives day-to-day, facing access barriers, it has been important to set minimum standards for the work we are doing, which has led to an increase in creativity and problem-solving in the team.” 

To join the vibrant community or learn more about Circuit, visit