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.
- There are 24 Ward Youth Councillors, 2 for each of the 12 Ward areas, and they are responsible for representing young people who live or study in their locality community to local decision makers.
- There are 7 Nominated Youth Councillors, 1 for each of the 7 Nominated Groups, and they are responsible for representing young people who have a minority identity. Nominated groups include: Young Parents, Care Experienced, LGBT, Young Carers, Gypsy/Traveller, Ethnic Minority and young people with Additional Support Needs or Disabilities.
- There are 4 Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs), 2 for each Scottish Parliamentary Constituency in the region, and they are responsible for taking the views gathered through the Youth Council to the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) and national decision makers.
- The Youth Council also had a co-opted position for Dumfries and Galloway Council's Young People's Champion.
The Youth Council is led by a Leadership Group which includes 4 Ward Youth Councillors, 1 MSYP and 1 Nominated Youth Councillor.
Elections for the Youth Council and Scottish Youth Parliament normally run every 2 years, however due to the pandemic, the next election will be held in November 2021. If you want to be kept in the loop about when we're opening up for candidates, you can join our mailing list here.
What They Do
Youth Councillors and Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament are responsible for advocating on behalf of young people to local (Elected Members) and national (MPs and MSPs) decision makers to ensure that young people's voice are heard and acted upon.
The Youth Council meets every Tuesday night and you can shape the agenda by submitting your ideas here.
There are 3 project groups that take forward different issues affecting young people regardless of where they live in the region, these are:
- Climate Change & Environment
- Rights, Inequalities & Discrimination
- Mental Health & Well-being
Each project group has facilitated workshops and training, and ran small awareness raising campaigns across our social media to highlight issues young people wanted to know more about.
Scottish Youth Parliament
The Scottish Youth Parliament is the nationally recognised voice of Scotland's young people aged 12-25. There are over 160 MSYPs from every area in Scotland and a number of MSYPs who represent National Voluntary Organisations such as LGBT Youth Scotland, Scouts, Scripture Union, and Who Cares? Scotland. For every constituency MSP, there are 2 MSYPs and in Dumfries and Galloway we have 2 constituency areas:
- Dumfriesshire - this covers the east of the region including parts of Nithsdale (Dumfries, Sanquhar, Kirkconnel, Kelloholm, Thornhill) and Annandale and Eskdale (Annan, Moffat, Lockerbie, Langholm and Gretna)
- Galloway and West Dumfries - this covers the west of the region including Stewartry (Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie, Gatehouse of Fleet and Dalry), and Wigtownshire (Newton Stewart, Stranraer, Whithorn, Wigtown)
3 times per year, our regions MSYPs participate in National Sittings which brings all MSYPs together to debate motions, create policy and participate in different committees and campaigns.
For more information on the work of the Scottish Youth Parliament, you can visit: https://syp.org.uk/
Below are two maps that show who are Members are and what role they have. If you want to contact a Member of the Youth Council, you can find their contact information on the Find My Youth Councillor page.