Jamie McGrigor, Highlands & Islands MSP, has today, 31st May, urged young people throughout his region to apply to become Young Placemakers.
Jamie spoke after being photographed yesterday in the Scottish Parliament endorsing the campaign with Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive of Planning Aid for Scotland, and Kyle Thornton, the MSYP for Glasgow Southside and vice-chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament.
Young Placemakers is an initiative run by Planning Aid for Scotland, the independent and impartial organisation which enables citizens to shape their communities and engage more effectively with planning.
The campaign aims to recruit a network of 12 motivated young community leaders who will champion active citizenship and create a stronger voice for young people. Increasing involvement in the planning system will give young people a central role in the creation of Scotland’s future places.
Jamie McGrigor says: ‘This is a very positive and worthwhile initiative by Planning Aid for Scotland and I’d encourage as many young people as possible from the Highlands & Islands to apply.
‘Representation in this campaign could help youngsters throughout our area to become involved in the decisions which will shape the way their communities look for the rest of their lives.
‘I’d encourage any youngsters in the Highlands & Islands who are interested in this to go to the Young Placemakers website and apply now.’
Petra Biberbach says: ‘Young people are the missing piece in the planning jigsaw. They are currently disengaged with the process of planning and development, which plays a vital role in shaping the villages, towns, cities and country in which they will live, work and raise their family.’
Kyle Thornton MSYP says: ‘As a Community Councillor and elected MSYP, I know how important planning can be in shaping the places where we live. I’d encourage every young person to check out the details, apply to be a placemaker and make a real difference in their local communities.
So how does it work?
Potential Young Placemakers, aged 16-20, are invited to apply for a three year post through the Young Placemakers dedicated website.
They will be supported by a mentor and trained to inspire their peers towards increasing involvement in shaping places and participation in the planning process.
The Young Placemakers network will bring together young people from every corner of Scotland, as well as from minority, Gypsy/Travellers and refugee communities and from young people with disabilities.