ISLAND YEAR OF YOUNG PEOPLE AMBASSADORS ATTEND SPECIAL YOYP HOLYROOD EVENT
Thirty inspirational youths from across Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles attended a Parliamentary reception in Holyrood on Thursday evening to mark the Year of Young People.
They travelled to Edinburgh onboard a specially charted aircraft provided by Loganair, as part of the airline’s partnership in support of the Year of Young People alongside Shetland Island Council. Earlier this year, Loganair officially named the Saab 340 aircraft the ‘Spirit of Young People’, carrying the initiative’s logo.
Each of the attendees, ranging from eight to 22, represent ‘The Spirit of Young People’ in their local communities, nominated by their peers and selected by a judging panel composed of representatives from the island’s Local Authorities, Holyrood and Loganair.
Attributes such as excelling in sport, arts or culture, helping the environment, fundraising, promoting physical health and championing diversity were considered, helping the judges to choose 10 individuals from each island region.
The young people were joined by Orkney MSP Liam McArthur, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott and Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan, who heard presentations from the group about their lives.
On Friday night they will be guests at the Young Scot Awards in Glasgow’s SEC.
Kay Ryan, Commercial Director at Loganair said: “We’ve been honoured to support Scotland’s ‘Year of Young People’, a fantastic initiative which should inspire a whole generation.
“So far this year Loganair has renamed an aircraft, provided discount fares to people travelling for September’s YOYP Festival and helped to select the brand ambassadors which took part in this three-day visit to the mainland.
“Working closely with our partners in Shetland Island Council, we also arranged a charter flight which stopped in Sumburgh, Kirkwall and Stornoway and we’re looking forward to transporting them home over the weekend on our scheduled service. The ‘Spirit of Young People’ aircraft will continue to showcase the brand around our network for the remainder of this year.
“Congratulations to each of the attendees and I hope the experience was enjoyable as well as valuable.”
Brenda Leask, Shetland Islands Council Youth Service Team Leader said: “This has been a wonderful project to support with colleagues from Loganair, Orkney and the Western Isles.
“It is a great example of partners coming together and creating something special to champion and celebrating young people in our communities. The Year of Young People has allowed us to do things differently, and I look forward to ensuring we continue to strive for the best outcomes for young people living, working and studying in Shetland.”
Kerry Spence Orkney Islands Council’s Community Learning and Development Team Leader: “We’re grateful to Loganair and colleagues in Shetland Islands Council for devising this fantastic opportunity for young people in the county to meet their peers from Scotland’s other island communities, and to attend Scotland’s premier youth awards event.
“It’s a highly valuable chance for them to learn about challenges young people are facing elsewhere, to have their good work recognised and applauded by our national politicians, and to gain a greater understanding of youth work on a national scale and the workings of the Scottish Parliament – and how these links into their own ambitions and achievements.
“We wish them well on their trip and hope they come back with some valuable friendships and experiences they can look to in the future.”
Fiona MacInnes-Begg, CLD Manager of Western Isles Council said: “The Western Isles are delighted to participate in the Spirit of young people events affording our young people the opportunity to gather with their contemporaries from Shetland and Orkney.
“Recognition of young people’s achievements, particularly during Year of Young People is something that undoubtedly makes a difference to individuals, families and their communities.
We are grateful for this opportunity and know that every young person in attendance deserves to be there because of the individual contribution they have made.”
Orkney MSP Liam McArthur, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott MSP & Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan said in a joint statement: “We were delighted to sponsor this event bringing together inspirational young people from across the isles. It was a privilege to meet them and to hear about their achievements in their communities and across Scotland. They really are fantastic ambassadors for the Year of Young People.”