Youngsters urged to join Youth Summit

The 2013 D&G Youth Summit is fast approaching.

The summit, which is supported by agencies including Skills Development Scotland, NHS Scotland and others, will be held on August 3 in the Big Top Marquee, opposite the Oasis Youth Centre, in Newall Terrace, Dumfries. This event will be a chance for all young people in the region to help shape their own futures and the communities they live in, and to help create more positive outcomes and opportunities for young people across Dumfries and Galloway.

There will be opportunities to listen to, work with and meet Chris Lubbe, Nelson Mandela’s former bodyguard, and John Loughton, former chairman of the Scottish Youth Parliament and vice-convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Children and Young People’s Committee. Both inspire and motivate others into taking action and make significant impacts in their communities.

Chris Lubbe said: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to speak to the young people of Dumfries and Galloway. Events such as these give us all such optimism and hope for building better futures with young people driving change for themselves.”

This is the first regional conference for all young people since 2006. Outcomes from the summit will feed directly into the new Youth Vision and Youth Strategy which will shape future services for young people in our region.

Council leader Ivor Hyslop, said: “Dumfries and Galloway Council is committed to improving young people’s life chances and experiences in our region. To do this effectively we need to listen to what young people are saying to us; they can tell us what matters to them, rather than what we think matters. The Youth Summit is a great opportunity for young people to take charge of their own futures and the future potential of every young person in our region.”

The Youth Summit 2013 is free to enter, although tickets will be required and can be obtained from http://youth-summit.eventbrite.co.uk/ or www.youthfestdumfries.co.uk and click on the link. Or call 01387 260243 or write to Community Learning and Development, The Oasis Youth Centre, Newall Terrace, Dumfries, DG1 1LW.