The Scottish Youth Parliament has years of experience when working with young people and developing bespoke youth engagement initiatives. We have created a range of training programmes for young people and would be delighted to assist those external agencies currently engaging/or wishing to engage with young people in Scotland.
The programmes are all tailored to your specific organisation and your requirements and can be led by young people, who have been trained in facilitation. Below are only some of the programmes and initiatives that the Scottish Youth Parliament have been involved with.
The We-CTV programme set out to engage with young people across four local authority areas in Scotland in a film making competition, looking at the consequences of knife crime. As the programme developed several changes were made to the programme, the most significant of which was to target Glasgow as the main local authority for the engagement programme.
This programme was commissioned by the Scottish Government and was run as part of their No Knives, Better Lives initiative.
“It was clear to see that through the tremendous hard work of the Scottish Youth Parliament and all partners involved in this truly innovative project, you have made a significant and positive impact on the young people involved.” – Fergus Ewing MSP, (Former) Minister for Community Safety
Project Planning Training
The SYP have delivered project planning and delivery training to various organisations including the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration and Fife Council. This training can also be adapted to planning and delivery of campaigns at both a local and national level. The training programmes were developed with each organisations requirements in mind. The programme included the following elements:
“Thank you for delivering the training in December, which I thought was very helpful and informative for the Modern Apprentices. I just wanted to let you know that I appreciated the hard work you put into working with the MA’s and it has clearly been of great benefit to them. I hope to see you soon, perhaps for a refresher training day.” – Jennifer Orren, Participation Officer, Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration
Consultation and Focus Groups
The SYP have a network of members from across Scotland, both supported through local authorities and voluntary organisations. Through this network, our MSYPS gain the opinions of their constituents and represent their views at a national and international level. This network is also beneficial for organisations who wish to gain the opinion of young people from a cross section of society.
The SYP have delivered various focus groups, consultations and workshops on behalf of many organisations, including the Scottish Government. The topics have been wide ranging, from alcohol legislation changes, to rural affairs and the changes to funding for higher education. Again the sessions have been bespoke to the organisation and have been led by young people, where possible.
The Rural Communities Division of the Scottish Government approached the SYP to deliver a focus group to gain the opinions of young people from rural Scotland on the new ‘Speak Up for Rural Scotland’ document that had been created. The outline of the session was to gain young people’s views on the document, to ensure that it took into consideration the views of young and old.
The SYP arranged the young people for the session, developed the focus group content and delivered the session on the day. The feedback from the day was positive with Liam Beattie, Member of the Rural Development Council stated:
“The issues that MSYPs raised at the consultation day were discussed at the Rural Development Council (RDC) meeting. It was noted that the input from MSYPs was very valuable as different points were put forward from young people compared to the not so young people who took part! The issue of access to education in rural areas was something that the other RDC members had not raised before but MSYPs raised this concern during the consultation meeting. The RDC members who were in attendance at the SYP event thought the day was fantastic and had been one that sparked lively debate and was very worthwhile.”