I hope you have all had a lovely break over the festive season. This year has already kicked off with a Board and Conveners meeting and I can tell you now we have a very busy and exciting year ahead, full of opportunities for our entire membership.
So far, 2014 has been an exciting year for me and an extremely busy one. I’ve been in two national newspapers, the Daily Record and the Sunday Herald. You can read my Daily Record article on the Independence Referendum here.
I have also started my term on the Procedures Group of the UK Youth Parliament, which will mean strengthening opportunities for MSYPs’ involvement and having more responsibilities in their roles as Members of the Youth Parliament. It kicked off with a residential in a haunted mansion in rural Staffordshire.
I will also be looking for a lot of support from the Membership in a project called the League of Young Voters. I attended a meeting in London with a representative from each of the other countries in the UK and we had a look into how the project will run. It ties perfectly with the current work we are doing for the European Elections and the Referendum, where we are encouraging young people to vote. It seems to be an ideal opportunity for SYP.
I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone for all the hard work you have been doing in support of Care.Fair.Share. The campaign has received an impressive amount of attention from MSPs and has been mentioned in the Scottish Parliament. If you are doing positive work on the campaign please get in touch with me so I can celebrate your successes and you can be recognised for your efforts! Don’t forget to also inform SYP staff so that they can offer their support to help make our campaign efforts have as big an impact as possible.
Remember to try and get as many consultation cards filled in as possible so young people can have their say in the Scottish Government’s carers legislation. A bit like Love Equally, and Bite the Ballot, we want as many responses as possible as part of Care.Fair.Share. Also, if you haven’t already, you can pledge your support by joining the online Thunderclap petition here.
For my New Years resolution I vowed not to get stressed or worry about anything and I want to encourage you to make sure you are finding balance with all you are doing throughout this very busy time. It’s really important you let us know all the work you are taking on for SYP so that we can support you as much as possible. Good luck to everyone who has exams, and everyone who is waiting for University replies.
So after a very successful 2013, let’s embrace the challenges ahead in 2014 and multiply our successes!
Check out some of the Care.Fair.Share. campaign activity highlights below from January – February 2014
Member of the Moment – Robbie Nicoll
He has organised a summit between all North East MSYPs and MSPs regarding Care.Fair.Share. and has already gained four MSPs’ signatures in support of the campaign. He has been doing work experience in parliamentary offices and has been working on a video diary project, where he has been challenging MPs, MSPs and Councillors on youth issues. Also, he has been doing a consultation with young people in Aberdeenshire, ran through all schools regarding mental health, bullying, sport and much more.