Renfrewshire’s young people are gearing up for an amazing celebration of youth this year.

The Year of Young People 2018 is a year-long programme of events and activities that will put a spotlight on the talents and contributions of young people.

The national-themed year is being delivered by the Scottish Government, working in collaboration with VisitScotland, EventScotland, Young Scot, Children in Scotland, Scottish Youth Parliament, Creative Scotland and YouthLink Scotland.

Young people have already been involved in the planning for the celebatory year, which focuses on culture, education, health and wellbeing, enterprise and regeneration, equality and diversity, and participation.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Renfrewshire Council’s Convener of Education and Children’s Services, said: “Renfrewshire already has a positive platform for young people to get involved in their community and this year will be a fantastic celebration of all they have already achieved as well as what young people can do.

“Having an effective youth voice that is listened to by decision-makers in Renfrewshire is important. Their voices matter and young people have already made significant changes that make their lives better.”

Renfrewshire Council’s youth services team are working alongside key partners and young people to create and develop a series of exciting opportunities to get involved in and show young people in a positive light.

Councillor Paterson added: “Young people are very creative and we know that they have great ideas that bring communities together. During the Year of Young People, we will be supporting young people to take creative control of community events in the area.”

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