Category Archives: Young People

Clydesdale Members of Scottish Youth Parliament

I was delighted to welcome Kyle Slater MSYP into the Parliament last week and was joined by Reece Harding MSYP, both Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament for the Clydesdale constituency. I have been very supportive of the Scottish Youth … Continue reading

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Who Cares? Scotland

Who Cares? Scotland are raising awareness today for young people who have experienced being in care.  Today is a celebration of their identity, successes and the relationships they have built.  Today also recognises the commitment of the Scottish Parliament to … Continue reading

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Children’s Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health Week takes place from the 6th – 12th of February. This year the aim is to encourage everyone to Spread a little Kindness We’ve all known someone going through a tough time, and it can be hard … Continue reading

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YMCA Be Real research – body image and young people

YMCA have recently launched new research into investigating the impact of Body image anxiety on young people in the UK. The research is titled ‘Somebody Like Me’ and was carried on by YMCA on behalf of the Be Real Campaign … Continue reading

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National Deaf Children’s Society – getting it right from the start

Representatives from the National Deaf Children’s Society were in the Parliament recently to publicise and raise awareness of their report – Getting It Right from the Start. I was asked to explain to Joanne O’Donnell, from the Society, which picture … Continue reading

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The Prince’s Trust – “Parallel Lives” campaign

To mark the Prince’s Trust’s 40th Anniversary, it has launched a significant new campaign called “Parallel Lives”. The campaign’s powerful video shows the very different paths young people can take, depending on proper support available to them. Withouth support into … Continue reading

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Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Last week I visited Martin Aerospace Ltd based in Lanark with Cllr Catherine McClymont as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week. Martin Aerospace manufactures and supply components for the aerospace industry employing 75 people along with 8 apprentices. We met with … Continue reading

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LGBT History Month

February is Scotland’s LGBT History Month; a chance to celebrate the lives and culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. Over the next few weeks groups across the country will be hosting events and celebrations, as well as … Continue reading

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Celebrating Rural Leaders

I am always keen to lend my support to rural issues and promote the opportunities there are for those of us in rural areas. Last week I had the opportunity to meet the ambitious men and women taking part in … Continue reading

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Holyrood Rocks Final

At the Scottish Parliament election next year, those 16 and older will be able to add their vote to the ballot. To celebrate this, and encourage young people to take this opportunity and register to vote, Holyrood Rocks are holding … Continue reading

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