Q&A with MSYP’s Niamh and Ewan

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Meet Scouts Scotland MSYP and South East Scotland Scouts members Niamh Kirkland and Ewan Knight

We’re excited to introduce our South East Scotland members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs):

* Niamh Kirkland – Explorer at Pink Panthers ESU, Craigalmond and Young Leader with 30th Craigalmond cubs, and
* Ewan Knight – Explorer at Pink Panthers ESU, Craigalmond and a Young Leader for Blackhall Scout Group. 

Find out what is the Scottish Youth Parliament, what have Niamh and Ewan done with SYP, what they’ve done with Scouts including meeting Regional Commissioner Martin Elliot and Deputy Regional Commissioner Mike Treanor about improving youth involvement and being #YouthShaped in the region as part of our new strategy, and much more!

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Deputy District Commissioner Mike Trainer
Ewan Knight
Niamh Kirkland 
Regional Commissioner Martin Elliot

The team met to discuss collective thoughts on youth involvement within South East Scotland Scouts – a key priority for our Regional Strategy. 

We look forward to continuing to work with them to ensure young people have a meaningful say in the shape of their Scouting!


Scottish Youth Parliament

The Scottish Youth Parliament represents Scotland’s young people aged 14-25 and Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) can raise issues on behalf of their Scouts Scotland constituency. SYP is one of Scotland’s largest co-educational youth movements, so our MSYPs play an important role in making sure the voices of our youth members contribute to discussion and debate at a national level.

What our MSYPs do

Our MSYPs are elected by our youth members (aged between 14 and 25) to represent their views at the Scottish Youth Parliament. To do this, they need to:

  • * Attend sittings all over Scotland.
  • * Present motions to the Scottish Youth Parliament based on topics or issues our members have chosen.
  • * Contribute to wider campaigns run by the Scottish Youth Parliament.


MSYP achievements

Scouts Scotland has been represented at the Scottish Youth Parliament since 2015. Our MSYPs have also:

  • * Campaigned for UCAS recognition for Scouting top awards.
  • * Introduced free period products at Scottish Scout Adventures Centres.
  • * Raised awareness of hidden disabilities.

For more visit – https://syp.org.uk/