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All about South Ayrshire Youth Forum

South Ayrshire Youth Forum (SAYF) is a group of young people from all around South Ayrshire that believe every young person should have a voice in the issues which affect them.

SAYF want to know the views of all young people that live in South Ayrshire on the issues which they think are important, so that we can tell decision makers what young people want!

SAYF feed the views of young people from South Ayrshire into the Scottish Youth Parliament so that we have an Impact on National Policy.

So how does the Youth Forum work?

The Youth Forum is a Completely Youth-led organization, which is supported by South Ayrshire Council.

An Executive Committee is elected at each Annual General Meeting, who organize the day to day running of the organisation, make the important decisions, and set up the direction for the Youth Forum.

Executive Committee meetings take place every month, and we aim to hold general Meeting open to all young people in South Ayrshire.

SAYF is made up by a total of 19 Members, two from each local area, 2 from Young Scot Media Groups and three members of the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Area Members
Ayr South 2
North Carrick 2
Troon and Dundonald 2
Ayr North 2
Prestwick 2
South Carrick 2
Tarbolton, Annbank, Mossblown 2
Media Groups 2
MSYP's 3

Members of the South Ayrshire Youth Forum (MSAYF) also participate in other Groups, Forums and partnerships.

Groups that SAYF are working with are:

Logo Group
CPP Logo Community Planning Partnership
Community Planning enables partner agencies such as the council, Police and NHS to engage with local people in order to design and deliver more effective public services.
SAC Logo South Ayrshire Equality and Diversity Group
The Equality & Diversity Forum is a consultative and inclusive link to equality groups and the diverse communities of south Ayrshire which promotes equality and diversity and encourages good relations throughout South Ayrshire.
SYP Logo Scottish Youth Parliament
Scottish Youth Parliament is the democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people, designed and led by young people, for young people.
ADP Logo South Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership
South Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) was formed in August 2009 following the launch of A New Framework for Local Partnerships on Alcohol and Drugs (April 2009) by the Scottish Government, NHS and COSLA.
SAC Logo South Ayrshire Licensing Forum
The Forum is made up of holders of premises and personal licences, a police representative, a representative from ADAT, 2 Young People from SAYF the Licensing Standards Officer.
CPP Logo Ayr College Disability Forum and LGBT/Age/Gender Forum
Promotes the inclusion of individuals who identify as having a disability or LGBT/Age/Gender by fostering good relations and advancing related work across College.

Role of a member of South Ayrshire youth Forum (MSAYF)

MSAYFs are young people aged between 14-25 who volunteer their time to ensure that the views of young people across South Ayrshire are listened to. MSAYFs do not just represent themselves as an individual but need to take into account the collective interests of young people in their community. Each MSAYF is elected as a representative of a local area and must treat their position with the responsibility it deserves.

Time commitment

Once elected in to the SAYF, you will have a seat for 1 year. As an MSAYF, you will have a seat on South Ayrshire Youth Forum’s Executive Committee and you will be expected to attend the meetings, which are held every 4 weeks.

If you are elected, transport, accommodation and food costs (if required) for meetings are met by South Ayrshire Youth Forum and South Ayrshire Council. Youth workers will be in attendance to support you, if required.

There are lots of opportunities for you as a Member of South Ayrshire Youth Forum. Some previous MSAYFs have been involved in:

  • Delivering presentations to local Councillors, to MSPs at the Scottish Parliament and to young people at youth conferences, in schools etc
  • Carrying out consultations at community events, local colleges, shopping centres etc
  • Organising fundraising events for charities and the youth forum

You will be offered the chance to complete Youth Achievement Awards, which are recognised on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and are levelled against standard grades and higher’s (for example a gold youth achievement award is on the same SCQF level as a higher).

What is in it for you?

The South Ayrshire Youth Forum is not only Great Fun, but there are loads of benefits for young people who are involved!

There are:

  • The chance to gain recognition for your efforts through the Youth Achievement Awards.
  • Have your hours recognised and recorded for Saltire awards
  • Training opportunities.
  • Young Scot Point’s
  • The opportunity to meet loads of new people from different backgrounds.
  • Something for your CV.
  • Knowing that you are making a difference.

For more information on the South Ayrshire Youth Forum you can contact the team.

Contact the SAYF

South Ayrshire Youth Forum

South Ayrshire Council
John Pollock Centre
Mainholm Road

Tel: 01292 559390
Twitter: @SAYouthForum
Facebook: SAYForum

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