Youth Engagement in the Western Isles

The islands' Youth Council and Youth Voices groups were active during the recent Parliament Day in Stornoway.

The islands' Youth Council and Youth Voices groups were active during the recent Parliament Day in Stornoway.

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THE Community Learning and Development Service of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar recently appointed three Youth Engagement Workers for the Western Isles – with the aim of the project to encourage young people to become more involved in the democratic process.

Part funded by the Scottish Government and the European Community Leader Innse Gall 2007-2013 programme, Youth Councils and Youth Voices have now been established in Barra, Uist, Harris and Lewis as part of the project.

The groups were recently involved in Parliament Day, attending training sessions with the Scottish Parliament Outreach team in preparation for the event.

Barra Youth Council were supported by the Harris, Uist and Lewis groups when they delivered their petition on Wifi on CalMac ferries to the Petitions Committee.

The groups also met with MSPs for a Question and Answer session before attending the Civic Reception held in The Nicolson Institute.

The following day, Harris and Barra Youth Councils delivered peer education sessions as part of the Connect training programme which was delivered by Francis Culpin from the Scottish Parliament Outreach team.

The Youth Councils and Youth Voices are now focusing on issues relevant to their areas and have invited local councillors to meet with them and support them in having a voice in the Western Isles.