I can’t believe it’s already been two months since I was elected as the Vice Chair of SYP. It’s still very exciting and I’m learning something new every week. I hope everyone had a fantastic summer, and for those of you who have returned to school, college and work, I hope you’ve all settled in well. For everyone starting university in the coming weeks, I wish you all the very best.
I’ve been extremely busy over the last month. I attended the League of Young Voters meeting in London, which was great to hear from other organisations to discuss the successful and challenging aspects of voter engagement and voter registration.
The Board also had its first official meeting, which was exciting, and it was great to witness and be part of such a fantastic group dynamic. The next meeting is in October 2014, and if you would like to have any input then, as always, drop me an email.
Also in August, I chaired the first Conveners Group meeting, which for me was fab, having previously served as a Convener. It was great to see how much the group had evolved, and to see the plans each Subject Committee has for the year ahead.
I’ve also been involved in some media opportunities too, including an interview with BBC Radio Scotland and two broadcast interviews with BBC News and one with Sky News on the referendum. You can also check out two online articles below:
As ever, I’ve been out every week promoting Care.Fair.Share. and Aye Naw Mibbe. I met with the City of Edinburgh and Lothian Buses in a joint meeting about concessionary travel for young carers, and I hope to continually update you all on the progress from this in the coming months.
As the registration deadline drew to a close for independence referendum, I was really pleased to have personally registered 240 young people in my constituency. Being right in the heart of the community engaging with young people is something I enjoy.
“Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.” – Roald Dahl
Once again, thank you all for sending me your jokes. The reason for having this section is not only because it’s a bit of banter, but I think it’s important that once in a while everyone takes a break from the hard work they do and have a good laugh.
- Thomas Mair MSYP – Why can’t penguins fly? Because they’re biscuits.
- Scott Simpson MSYP – A sick patient asked the doctor, “flu?” The doctor replied, “I came in on my bike, actually!”
- Hazel Sharp MSYP – I went to a really emotional wedding the other day. Even the cake was in tiers.
MSYPs are the beating heart of the Scottish Youth Parliament and continually amaze me with their work and commitment to SYP. I would need a lot more time and space to write up all the fantastic things each person gets up to, but for this month, I would like to make some noise about the following people:
- Ellena Leslie MSYP – Many MSYPs would like to congratulate Ellena on her recent election as Chair of the Highland Youth Parliament. Well done.
- Scott Simpson MSYP - Thomas McEachan MSYP wants to give a mention to Scott, who successfully managed to navigate seven MSYPs on the Glasgow subway. This resulted in copious amounts of banter after the BYC Scottish Convention in Glasgow.
- Lauren King MSYP - I think we would all agree, Lauren has been a fantastic campaign lead for Care.Fair.Share. and as we get closer to SYP55 and choosing a new campaign, I think everyone should take a leaf out of Lauren’s book, as she has been a fantastic role model. Lauren’s enthusiasm and determination has been hugely significant throughout the campaign. Lauren also led in the development and publication of ‘A Costly Youth‘, SYP’s research report exploring the challenging financial circumstances facing Scotland’s young carers.
Finally, we have entered the post referendum period, and I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your hard work on the Aye Naw Mibbe project. Some of you may feel slightly disheartened, and that’s okay, but this is an exciting time in Scottish politics. Not only have you all helped create history, but we can now be a part of helping to shape the type of Scotland young people want to live in.
Enjoy the next few weeks, continue the great work, and as always, any questions, queries or banter, send it my way.
Terri Smith MSYP
Vice Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament