South Ayrshire Council is getting ready to host its 10th annual Youth Conference on 2 November.
The conference is a great opportunity to highlight all the fantastic work which takes place across South Ayrshire to give young people a voice. It's also a good sounding board to find out what else can be done to tackle important issues such as mental health.
Around 80 young people are expected to attend the conference with all secondary schools represented, Ayrshire College and a range of youth organisations. With lots of young people there on the day, organisers will find out their thoughts on plans for a mental wellbeing charter for schools.
There will also be interactive fun and informative workshops based around mental health and wellbeing with partners such as SA Young Scot, NHS, Police Scotland, and Ayrshire College and many more heavily involved.
As 2018 is the Year of Young People (YOYP), the conference will also feature presentations from those that have taken part in events and initiatives to highlight the achievements, needs and aspirations of young people.
Councillor William Grant, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said, "We're committed to supporting our young people and working with them to make life in South Ayrshire even better. This conference is invaluable as it shines a light on issues which affect young people living here and lets us work with them to develop solutions.
"As always, there are sure to be some really interesting talking points and I am very much looking forward to the conference. With the end of the year fast approaching, it will be good to find out how many young people have been involved in the YOYP and the difference it has made to their lives."
Jessica Hartshorn, chair of the South Ayrshire Youth Forum added, "The youth conference is one of the most successful events in South Ayrshire for young people. It allows them to interact with their peers from other schools, while making sure their voices are heard by south Ayrshire youth forum members and councillors. With this year being the year of young People it only goes on to emphasise the importance of events like this."