Renfrewshire’s ambassadors for the Year of Young People have met with the Council to discuss what shape the ‘once in a life time’ year ahead will take.

This year has been designated as a 12 month celebration of young people and aims to inspire Scotland through celebrating their achievements.

There are more than 200 young ambassadors who are representing every local authority across Scotland, including ten in Renfrewshire.

Their role is to build awareness of YoYP 2018 activity so their communities know what’s happening.

Ahead of a year of youth led events, the ambassadors  met with Renfrewshire Council’s Youth Services, Council Leader Iain Nicolson and Convener of Education and Children’s Services, Councillor Jim Paterson.

Cllr Paterson said: “We are delighted to meet with some of the young ambassadors and establish links with them to ensure they have a strong local voice.

“There is an incredibly exciting year ahead of us and we want them to be able to help inform how the Year of Young People 2018 will look in Renfrewshire and have them tell us is in their words what they would like to do. “

Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “It’s vital that our young people are listened to as they have creative ideas on how to improve their own lives.

“In return we have asked what support and training we can offer them and offered the opportunity to meet groups such as Renfrewshire Youth Voice.”

A number of the ambassadors including Olivia Galbraith, Lauren McEwan, Cara Brown, Rebecca Adams, Sean Sweeney and Angus Collingridge-Watt attended the meeting and also met with Youth Commission group members.

Lauren McEwan, 17, from Paisley Grammar School said: “This is the first time everybody has come together in Renfrewshire and it’s great to meet everyone and share ideas.

“We are excited to work together to bring a great Year of Young People and make it as good as it can be.”

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