Encouraging young people to find their voice
The 10th annual South Ayrshire Youth Conference has just taken place. Attended by over one hundred young people including pupils from all secondary schools, this was an opportunity to celebrate the Year of Young People and gather views on work which is currently underway to improve the mental health of young people living in South Ayrshire.
As well as workshops and debate, there were a range of information stalls giving advice on health and wellbeing, employability, further education, staying safe and lots more.
Comments from those attending the conference included:
"I felt I was really listened to and I wasn't ignored and that my points will be taken forward"
"I liked that we were normalising feelings and talking about emotional wellbeing"
"I really enjoyed the conference… I stepped a little out of my comfort zone"
Councillor William Grant, the Council's Youth Champion said: "It was a really worthwhile experience connecting with the young people and listening to their views. We need to know more about the issues that affect them so we can work together to ensure South Ayrshire is an even better place to grow up. I would like to thank everyone involved in the conference."