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Boys Brigade drive home message on youthwork

Young people of The Boys’ Brigade have teamed up with YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work, to stress to MSP’s the importance and impact of youth work in today’s society ...

Young people of The Boys’ Brigade have teamed up with YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youthwork, to stress to MSP’s the importance and impact of youthwork in today’s society.
Set out to provide young people with essential skills, leadership opportunities attitudes that will jump-start their careers, the BB encourages its members to learn practical life experience in their units that will help provide them with the best start to their career.
Connor Plunkett, (19), a young leader with the 1st Glasgow Company based in Kelvinbridge, visited MSP Ruth Davidson at her Glasgow office on Monday 9 November, to provide a first-hand account of the impact youthwork has had on him and why investment is so crucial in this area.
Jim Mcvean, a BB leader for more than 20 years, accompanied Connor to show his support for the importance of raising awareness of youthwork in Scotland.
Connor, who has been in the Company since the age of five and more recently, achieved the Queen’s Badge in 2014, said: “Being a member of the BB helps equip young people with the skills and experience to prepare them for life after school.
“It provides young people with the chance to learn in an informal setting, and at the same time, have fun and make friendships.
“During my visit to MSP Ruth Davidson I got the chance to explain why youthwork is so important and how it’s positively helped my life, as well as other members. I think it’s an essential area that Scotland needs to back to ensure a positive future for young people.”
In addition to the MSP visits, the BB is working with YouthLink Scotland to raise awareness and recognition of youthwork through networks, events, conferences, policy development, lobbying and campaigning.
Bill Stevenson, Director of Scotland for The Boys’ Brigade, said: “I can’t stress enough, the importance to invest in youthwork in Scotland as it provides essential skills to young people ahead of employment, helping them onto their first steps on the career ladder.
“We need to ensure this investment is in place and continues to be so, to try and close the education attainment gap, ultimately reducing inequalities of life outcomes for young people.
“We believe every child deserves the same – equal chance to gain the skills and experiences that will kick-start their adult lives, whether that’s from our own programmes and activities, or from other youthwork organisations.
“Hopefully these visits to MSPs encourage Scotland’s politicians to hear first-hand the importance of investing in youthwork and how it will contribute to the positive future of Scotland’s young people.”
MSP Ruth Davidson added: “As someone who benefitted from youthwork in my younger days and who has gone on to volunteer with young people as an adult, I know first-hand how important it is.
“I was tremendously impressed with Connor and am delighted to confirm the Scottish Conservative Party will commit to backing our youth workers and organisations now and in the future.”
On Friday (13 November), young leader Sean Smith will visit MSP Ken Macintosh at his Glasgow office to build momentum of the BBs message on youthwork.

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