Younger generation makes its mark during Year of Young People

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets young people at a special edition of the TV programme Scotland Tonight. (Photo: Peter Devlin)
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets young people at a special edition of the TV programme Scotland Tonight. (Photo: Peter Devlin)

In 2018, Scotland came together to celebrate its younger generation.

The Year of Young People (YoYP) inspired the whole country to look at eight to 26 year olds in a more open, positive way – celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions and giving them an opportunity to influence decision making.

In a year dominated by political uncertainty, young people were the positive force in making change happen.

More than 2,000 young people were at the heart of it, and planned a calendar of sporting, music and cultural events for all ages to enjoy.

A world-first initiative, Year of Young People was a commitment made by the Scottish Government.

Young people worked alongside decision makers to make sure they were involved in the creation of government policy.

This year, they established a Youth Commission which examines mental health services. They have had a greater say in their education with the creation of a Scottish Learner Panel, and held those in power to account with the launch of the First Minister’s Question Time for children and young people.

YoYP was delivered in partnership with local and national organisations including schools, youth work services, EventScotland, Young Scot, Scottish Youth Parliament, Children in Scotland and YouthLink Scotland.

More than 350 young ambassadors volunteered their time to challenge the negative stereotypes of their peers.

Find out how young people in your area supported Year of Young People 2018 – check out the YOYP2018 website or search #YOYP2018 on social media.

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Taylor Wimpey have confirmed directly with local Councillor Nathan Wilson that the organisation retains its commitment to building a park and ride at Shieldmuir Train Station. In response to recent enquiries made by Councillor Wilson, Taylor Wimpey have advised that engagement is taking place with Network Rail over the latter’s approval procedures and that once this process is complete, work will be able to begin on site. The developer has informed the Motherwell Councillor that during the period of investigation undertaken since the commencement of building work was delayed in January 2018, an unrecorded service chamber has been discovered on site. The project cannot move forward until further clarification is provided on the nature of the service chamber and Taylor Wimpey are in the process of commissioning a contractor to assess the situation. The developer’s initial judgement is that this is likely a redundant service. A senior representative of the organisation has also informed Councillor Wilson that a member of the Taylor Wimpey production team will be sent out to inspect the vacant land following a request he made at the beginning of 2019 for maintenance work to be carried out on site should construction of the park and ride remain some time away. Councillor Nathan Wilson said: “Taylor Wimpey have communicated to me directly that the park and ride facility is a project that the organisation remains committed to delivering. “However, it goes without saying that the lengthy delay is still very disappointing and frustrating. “An unrecorded service chamber has been identified on site and progress is unable to be made until this has been investigated. “Taylor Wimpey have relayed to me that an on-site inspection of the vacant land will take place and I hold to the view that maintenance work should be carried out in the short term to improve it’s current condition. “I will continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders and re-inforce to them the importance of the park and ride project locally. Motherwell and Wishaw CAB takes home 40 per cent of the prizes