Young Scots’ Civic Participation Recognised

42 young people throughout Scotland have been awarded Participatory Democracy certificates today by Volunteer Development Scotland (VDS) and the BIG Lottery Fund. The certificates acknowledge the work these young people contributed in local youth panels set up to help distribute the lottery’s Young People’s Fund.

These panels were deemed essential for empowering young people in the process. Alison Magee, chair of the BIG Lottery Fund committee, said: “This special accreditation recognises the hard work and commitment of all those young people who have helped us invest almost £20m in local young projects. They have done a fantastic job and should be congratulated for their great work.”

The money went to youth projects across the country to help 11 – 25 year olds learn new experiences and take part in healthy and positive activities in a bid to make them feel good about themselves.

The young panellists worked towards the completion of a personal portfolio which included research and presentation training with YouthLink, their contribution to the decision-making process within panels and their personal development over time.

The portfolios were submitted to Adam Smith College for verification and certificates handed out accordingly. The certificates are recognised by the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework as equivalent for an academic Credit Standard Grade.

Volunteer Development Scotland has created 32 individual Young People’s Panels since January 2006. They will run until all the funds are allocated. The closing date for applications to the fund is August 2007.