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Youth Participation and Volunteering

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. 

  YPEG 2022-2027 (PDF) [12MB]

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:  Youth Council Action Update (PDF) [13MB]  

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.

Youth Council Membership

D&G Youth Council inc. Scottish Youth Parliament Elections took place between Wednesday 22 November - Saturday 2 December 2023.

Listen2Us & Champions Board

Project for care experienced young people in Dumfries and Galloway. We run local youth groups and the Listen2Us advocacy project!

Chameleons: Youth Action Group for LGBT+ Young People & Allies

Supporting young people to showcase their true colours!

Young Women's Network

Young women to standing together in solidarity against inequalities, poverty, racism, transphobia and oppression.

Youth Participation & Volunteering Overview

A quick look at the opportunities on offer for young people throughout Dumfries and Galloway.