Year of Young People Partnership plan is agreed

Group of young people hold up banners promoting Year of Young People

Published: Thursday, 03rd May 2018

A Year of Young People Partnership that sets out the approach being taken across the Borders to support the initiative has been agreed.

The Year of Young People is the Scottish Government’s theme for 2018 and aims to inspire Scotland through its young people by:

  • celebrating their achievements
  • valuing their contribution to communities
  • creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally.

The intention is for each local authority area to develop a range of activities and events for young people centred around six key aims of:

  • culture
  • education
  • enterprise and regeneration
  • equality and discrimination
  • health and well-being
  • participation.

Involving young people

Under the guidance of the Children and Young People’s Leadership Group, an inclusive approach has been taken to developing a plan for the Borders. This has been based on the ongoing participation and engagement work contained in the Integrated Children and Young People’s Plan which actively encourages children and young people to be involved in the planning, provision and delivery of services and for their rights to be proactively considered.

Full consultation undertaken

A full consultation was undertaken with a range of young people, including the local Year of Young People Ambassadors, which engaged with over 850 young people through face to face and online consultation events.

Programme of events created

A comprehensive action plan has now been created which sets out a high impact, celebratory programme of educational and cultural events centred around young people. A series of legacy events that will continue the six themes beyond 2018 will also be developed.

Highlights from the programme include:

  • the relaunch of the Youth Chex Grant Scheme
  • establishment of the Hawick Youth Action group
  • hosting a music festival in the autumn
  • enabling young people to have more say in their education and learning through the creation of initiatives like a Scottish Borders Question Time debating event and ongoing participation in the secondary school estate review.

The programme is to be delivered with the support of Scottish Borders Youth Voice which is part of our Community Learning and Development service. 

A progress report is due to be taken back to Council later in the year.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People

“I welcome the considerable progress being made on the Year of Young People Partnership Plan for the Borders and would like to thank everyone involved for their enthusiasm, initiative and inspiration which is resulting in the creation of such an exciting programme.

“We are all hugely ambitious for our young people and I am delighted that this programme puts them right at the heart of its development, giving them a real voice and opportunity to showcase their skills, talents and abilities and deliver a range of events that will be of genuine interest and meaning to our young people. Our Ambassadors have been working hard already organising and attending a series of events across the Borders with much more still to come.

“There is definitely something for everyone in the plan and I would encourage all our young people to have a look at the calendar of events and make sure they take part in as many activities as they can. I would also urge my fellow councillors to make sure they are fully supporting the Year of Young People in their communities by attending local events and engaging with both the Ambassadors and the young people themselves.”

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Image of the Year of Young People Ambassadors and pupils from Galashiels Academy is available on our Flickr page.