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 2018 - 2021 lays out how young people can get involved in decision making in Dumfries and Galloway.
On April 1st 2019, the 1st Youth Council was elected to champion the rights of young people across communities. For more information about the Youth Council, its structure and the upcoming elections, check out our Youth Council page.
To find out more about what the Youth Council does, see our meeting dates, agendas and meeting notes. Young people, organisations, and decision makers can also put forward issues forward to be discussed and voted on by DGYC here.
View the Youth Council April 2019 - December 2020 Update Report
The Youth Council currently has vacancies for 4 Ward Youth Councillors (Nith, Abbey, Annandale South, North West Dumfries Wards), 1 Nominated Vacancy (Ethnic Minority Youth) and 1 Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) Vacancy in Galloway and West Dumfries. If you're interested, sign up here by March 31st 2021.
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 and the individual grants scheme, check out our Champions Board Page
Want to know more?
You can also keep up to date through our social medias @YouthCouncilDG or by signing up to our mailing list.
Youth Democracy opportunities are supported by Dumfries & Galloway Council's Youth Work Team.