Director-General Learning & Justice meets young people from Orkney Youth Active project

Last month young people from Stromness Youth Club were paid a special visit from Leslie Evans, Director-General Learning & Justice for the Scottish Government.

The eight young people, aged between 11 and 17, are involved in the Youth Active Project, a partnership project between Youth Scotland, Orkney Association of Youth Clubs and Orkney Islands Council's Community Learning and Development Service. The project, funded through the Scottish Government's CashBack for Communities Small Grants Scheme and the Robertson Trust, supports young people to develop their skills and encourage them to take a more active role in their youth groups and communities.

Leslie Evans meets young people from Orkney.JPGWith the guidance of their support worker, members of the group have amassed over 500 hours of activity between them in a range of activities including fun days, Sport Relief events, bag packing, bingos, beetle drives, a first aid course and volunteering within the community.

During the visit, the young people took part in a question and answer question with Leslie, before she presented them with Dynamic Youth Award certificates and Silver and Bronze Youth Achievement Award certificates.

"It was a great opportunity for the young people to talk about the project, and to share what has been going on in their club with the Director-General," said Maureen Herdman, Youth Scotland Area Coordinator, Orkney. "We are really proud of their achievements, and hope the project continues to enable more young people to benefit."