Year Long Celebration of Inverclyde's Young People Launched

Monday 12 February 2018

A spectacular torchlight event on the banks of the River Clyde was the setting for the official launch of the Year of Young People 2018 in Inverclyde.

Inverclyde Year of Young People Launch February 2018

A wide-ranging programme of events has been planned to recognise and celebrate the achievements and contribution to their communities of Inverclyde’s young people.

Provost Martin Brennan said: “Young people are too often and easily criticised when in fact the vast majority are responsible, caring and play a constructive role in their communities.

“I have seen inspiring examples of young people protecting vulnerable classmates, or actively helping others – very much playing a positive role in the lives of those around them.

“We were all young once, and this is a perfect opportunity for the whole of Inverclyde to come together to celebrate our youth and to show them we value them as valued and important members of our communities.”

Year of Young People 2018 is led by the Scottish Government, working in collaboration with – among others - VisitScotland, EventScotland, Young Scot, Children in Scotland, Scottish Youth Parliament, Creative Scotland and YouthLink Scotland.

Dani Adamson, Chair of Inverclyde Youth Council has been involved in the planning of local events: “They will be fun and engaging and hopefully show off how fantastic local young people are. We have consulted with young people from across our schools to ensure the activities planned are what they want. We therefore have a range of activities, programmes and initiatives ranging from cinema visits with safety messages to our own event in September 2018 to our awards night in November 2018 as well as Clyde Conversations and inter-I-Youth-Zones challenges and much more.”

Communities Vice Convener and Young People’s Champion Natasha Murphy said: “I am delighted young people have been at the heart of planning the programme for this year and I am sure it will be a huge success. We have much to be proud of in Inverclyde and the coming months will provide plenty of opportunities to shine a light and celebrate their achievements.”

Inverclyde will host two Clyde Conversations Events in February and October 2018 bringing young people together to discuss key issues affecting them and to develop a plan of action to address these issues. 

Inverclyde – Young Person Celebration Event – an event that will celebrate the achievements, diversity and civic contribution of Inverclyde’s Young People.  The event will give a positive platform for young people to be recognised as exceptional young citizens, who are champions within their given category:

•           Young Carer of the year

•           Young Volunteer of the Year

•           The Unsung Hero Award

•           Young Sports Person Award

•           Youth Creativity Award

•           Youth Diversity Award

•           Youth Environmental Award

•           Health & Wellbeing Award

Overall Winner – Young person of the year 2018 

Inverclyde Community Learning and Development’s Youth Work team will work with a group of 10 young people to improve their communication, team building and presentation skills by taking part in a National Youth Event which includes a 6 months training programme, presenting to their peers at the event and ultimately gaining the Participative Democracy Certificate.

We hope to re-launch “Youth in the Park” in 2018, bringing together a range of youth work partners under the banner of Health & Wellbeing and participation.

Establishment of a Peer Education Group to explore Health & Wellbeing issues such as Young People’s Mental Health, Drugs & Alcohol and Physical Wellbeing.  These groups will train young people within their chosen topic and support them to deliver to wider groupings of their peers. 

Inverclyde Community Learning and Development’s LGBT Youth Group “Clyde Pride” will achieve and launch Inverclyde’s LGBT Youth Charter, to demonstrate that we are an inclusive and LGBT friendly authority with trained staff to support young people.

•Subject to specific funding, Inverclyde plan on hosting a large scale Youth Work Event in Port Glasgow over 2 days in June 2018 for all 32 Local Authorities and we expect 320+ young people to attend. This event will encourage young people to give a presentation on issues affecting them or showcase their local communities through drama, theatre, song, dance etc.

Year of Young People 2018 is led by the Scottish Government, working in collaboration with – among others - VisitScotland, EventScotland, Young Scot, Children in Scotland, Scottish Youth Parliament, Creative Scotland and YouthLink Scotland.

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