Youth Participation & Democracy

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. 

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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 and Young People with Additional Support Needs and Disabilities.


The current Dumfries and Galloway Youth Council comprises of the following members:


Dumfriesshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament 

  • Ellie McConnachie
  • Cameron Greer

Galloway & West Dumfries Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament

  • Finlay Anderson
  • Alasdair Marshall

Ward 1 - Stranraer & the Rhins Ward Youth Councillors

  • Cloe Allison
  • Jack Moore

Ward 2 - Mid Galloway & Wigtown West Ward Youth Councillors 

  • Elli Wadsworth 
  • Jasper Williams

Ward 3 - Dee & Glenkens Ward Youth Councillors

  • Lewis Young
  • Elizabeth Stevenson

Ward 4 - Castle Douglas & Crocketford Ward Youth Councillors

  • Anya McCreadie
  • Andrew Sinden

Ward 5 - Abbey Ward Youth Councillors 

  • Edward Christie
  • Niko Colligan

Ward 6 - North West Dumfries Ward Youth Councillors

  • Katie Cooney
  • Destinee Houston

Ward 7 - Mid & Upper Nithsdale Ward Youth Councillors

  • Grace Bryden-Brown
  • Murrie Thomson

Ward 8 - Lochar Ward Youth Councillors

  • Riley True
  • Briony Thomson

Ward 9 - Nith Ward Youth Councillors

  • Thomas Paine
  • Lucy Waugh

Ward 10 - Annandale South Ward Youth Councillors

  • Eva Szeller
  • Megan Nelson

Ward 11 - Annandale North Ward Youth Councillors

  • Campbell More
  • Logan Teasdale

Ward 12 - Annandale East & Eskdale Ward Youth Councillors

  • Kenzie Miller
  • Connor Taylor

Young Carer Youth Councillor

  • Orlicia Kennedy-Moffat

Ethnic Minority Youth Councillor 

  • May Tang

LGBT Youth Councillor

  • Theo Darkerica

ASN & Disabilities Youth Councillor

  • Lewis Johnston

Care Experienced Youth Councillor

  • Sophie Wilson



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


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 or 

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.

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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.
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Find out who your local Youth Councillor is.
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Want to become involved in the Youth Council or Listen2Us and the Champions Board?
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The Scottish Youth Parliament is the national youth led organisation with democratically elected members.
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The Youth Council have been meeting monthly since August 2019.
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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.