Opportunity for local young people to stand for Scottish Youth Parliament

Young people are being urged to make a difference by standing as a candidate in the forthcoming Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) local by-election.

The by-election is being held to choose the second member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for this area, Galloway and West Dumfries, and will run from 7–11 October.

Being a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) is a brilliant opportunity for young people to stand up for what they believe in and to represent their peers at a local and national level. All MSYPs receive accredited training once they are elected, they get the opportunity to meet with and influence decision makers, meet with MSYPs from all over Scotland, campaign for change in their area and be a voice for young people.

Candidate nominations for young people aged 14-25 are now open until Friday 6 September. All candidates will be offered support by our Council’s Community Learning & Development staff throughout the by-election process.

To stand in the election, or for more information contact Rhona Norris, Community Learning & Development on tel. 030 33 33 3000 (ext 61345) or email Rhona.Norris@dumgal.gov.uk. You can also go to the local pages of the Young Scot website for more information - www.youngscot.org/local/dumfries-galloway.