Youth Council & Listen2Us

We are proud to have opportunities for young people to get involved in both local and national decision making in Dumfries and Galloway through our Regional Youth Council and Champions Board Project!

The Youth Participation and Engagement Strategy 2022 - 2027 lays out how young people can get involved in decision making in Dumfries and Galloway. 

 Icon for pdf YPEG 2022-2027 [12.5MB]

Dumfries & Galloway Youth Council

The Youth Council is a youth-led organisation made up of 35 young people:

  • 4 Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs)
  • 24 Ward Youth Councillors (2 per Ward area for the region)
  • 7 Nominated Youth Councillors elected to represent marginalised groups who are often not heard in decision making including;
    • Young Parents
    • Young Carers
    • Care Experienced Young People
    • Ethnic Minority Youth
    • Gypsy/Traveller Youth
    • LGBT Youth
    • Young People with Additional Support Needs and Disabilities.

To view the work of the 2019 - 2021 Youth Council, check out their update report: Icon for pdf Youth Council Action Update [13.28MB] 

At the bottom of this webpage, you will find links to find out: 

  • Who your local Ward Youth Councillor, MSYP and Nominated Youth Councillors are
  • How you can get involved 
  • What the Youth Council have been up to and their priorities moving forward 

Champions Board Project

The Champions Board Project is specifically aimed at young people aged 12-25 who are care experienced. If you're wondering what care experienced means, Who Cares? Scotland describes it as being looked after by someone else - maybe foster carers, or in a residential home, or by a relative that's not your mum or dad. It could also be that you live with mum/or dad but you have a social worker or that you are adopted. It's when other people look after you or help your mum or dad to look after you.

We have a project called Listen2Us which is a group of over 20 young people from across Dumfries and Galloway who want to make changes on behalf of care experienced young people. They volunteer their time to raise awareness of young people's experiences to the people who make decisions about and deliver services for young people.

For more information on the work of the Champions Board, including local groups, check out our Champions Board Page  

Want to know more?

If you have a question that isn't answered on our pages, you can text 07827954588 or contact us on info@dgyouthcouncil.com or championsboard@dumgal.gov.uk 

You can also keep up to date through our social medias @YouthCouncilDG or @YOUTHWORKDG

Youth Democracy opportunities are supported by Dumfries & Galloway Council's Youth Work Team.

Dumfries and Galloway Youth Council

Dumfries & Galloway's Regional Youth Council is a group of 35 members who want to make change and get young peoples voices heard across the region.

Find My Youth Councillor

Find out who your local Youth Councillor is.

Get Involved

Want to become involved in the Youth Council or Listen2Us and the Champions Board?

Scottish Youth Parliament

The Scottish Youth Parliament is the national youth led organisation with democratically elected members.

Meetings, Minutes and Agendas

The Youth Council have been meeting monthly since August 2019.

Champions Board

Project for care experienced young people in Dumfries and Galloway. We run local youth groups, Listen2Us advocacy project and the Individual Grants Scheme which young people can apply for to get items, experiences or equipment to support their well-being.