New leaders elected for youth forum

Motherwell Youth Voice board (l-r) treasurer Rachel Cowan, chairman Kristofer Mcadam, vice-chairwoman Rema Al-Murshedy and secretary Barry Williams
Motherwell Youth Voice board (l-r) treasurer Rachel Cowan, chairman Kristofer Mcadam, vice-chairwoman Rema Al-Murshedy and secretary Barry Williams

Motherwell Youth Voice (MYV) elected a new board and new executive members for the group at its recent agm.

MYV is a youth forum, open to anyone aged between 12 to 25 who lives, works or studies in the Motherwell area, which meets every week to discuss and act on issues affecting young people.

The new board members are: chairman Kristofer McAdam, vice-chairwoman Rema Al-Murshedy, treasurer Rachel Cowan and secretary Barry Williams.

One of the projects members are hoping to deliver is a peer led young people’s mental health project.

During the 2014 North Lanarkshire Youth Council agm, young people’s mental health was highlighted as an important issue.

Young people felt they had very little knowledge on this particular issue, especially when dealing with mental health issues themselves or faced by their loved ones.

MYV members, under their new leadership, hope to make a difference in changing the stigma surrounding the subject and get young people to talk more openly about the issue and make sure young people know where to seek help when they need to.

MYV is affiliated with Motherwell Community Forum and it is also a support youth forum of North Lanarkshire Youth Council.

The constituted group is supported by Community Learning and Development, Youth Work Team in the Motherwell area.

Rachel Cowan (17) said: “MYV allows me to gain more confidence and a better understanding of the thoughts and opinions of my peers.”

For more information about the group, meeting times and how to join, please contact Motherwell Youth Work Team, Community Learning and Development, on 01698 403830.