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“Young Rural Decision Makers in the South of Scotland” - Panel Discussion 
Tuesday 29 September 2015, 17:00 - 19:00
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There are frequent calls for the next generation to be involved in driving decisions about their local areas (and beyond). This panel discussion aims to give voice to young people who are taking control in their local areas over the issues that affect them.

In the context of ongoing debate about realising community empowerment, democratic renewal and devolving power and decision-making to the lowest possible level, this event will feature young people from across the South of Scotland speaking about a range of ways in which they currently engage in both formal and informal decision-making structures and exercises.

We’d love you to come along to share your views.

The event will focus on a number of key questions:

  • What are the different opportunities for young people to get involved in decision-making in the South of Scotland?
  • What motivates young people to become involved?
  • What are the barriers to their engagement?
  • Does involvement in one kind of topic, project, organisation or campaign lead to other involvement? Is there a spill over or knock on effect?
  • What do policy makers at local and national level need to do to create meaningful opportunities for young people to get involved in local decision making?

The key messages from the event will be reported at the October meeting of the Cross Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy, entitled ‘Young Rural Decision-Makers’. SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre directs the Crichton Institute’s Policy Function and provides the Secretariat for this Cross Party Group.

The local event gives people from different organisations, sectors, and interests across the Dumfries and Galloway region the chance to have their voices heard and to inform discussion at national level on this important issue.

Attendees are invited to submit questions in advance to a panel of individuals working in this area.

The event will be chaired by Dr Sarah Skerratt, Co-Director of the Institute’s Policy Function. Each panel member will be given five minutes to introduce themselves and provide some key points to kick start discussions and then the floor will be open to everyone for questions and comments.

Confirmed panel members are so far: 

  • Lewis Douglas, MSYP for Dumfriesshire
  • Sam Glendinning, past MSYP and Student Association President, now UWS student in Dumfries
  • Michael Gowan, youth volunteer worker, Young Scot Community Award Winner 2015, also LGBT representative at Scottish Youth Parliament
  • Mark Molloy, Principal Officer Community Services (Youth Work), Dumfries and Galloway Council

This event is free and open to all, if you would like to attend, please register on the Eventbrite page using the link below to enable us to monitor numbers.

In order to ensure that the panel can fully address your questions on the night, please email them in advance to Eva Milroy at the following address:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Location Dumfries and Galloway College


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