A series of surgeries for young people is being held over the coming months by MSP Tavish Scott and the SIC youth services department.
The sessions will take place in each secondary school in the isles and give youngsters the opportunity to ask Mr Scott and local youth representatives a range of questions on a number of topics.
The first surgery was held at Baltasound Junior High School on Monday and others are planned for:
- Scalloway Junior High School – Friday 12th November.
- Skerries School – Monday 15th November (by remote connection).
- Anderson High School – Friday 3rd December.
- Aith Junior High School – Friday 10th December.
- Brae High School – Monday 13th December.
- Sandwick Junior High School – Monday 20th December ? Mid Yell Junior High School – Monday 17th January.
- Whalsay School – Monday 7th February.
Mr Scott said: “These school surgeries are a great opportunity to take the pulse of youngsters across Shetland and learn what they expect of their representatives, both in Holyrood and the Scottish Youth Parliament.
“I’m keen to find out what our young people think. What does the next generation of Shetlanders want to see happen in their islands, across Scotland and throughout the world?”
Councillor Bill Manson, the SIC spokesman for education, children and young people, said: “These surgeries will offer excellent chances for young people to meet their MSYPs and the MSP face to face, which always makes it easier to make thoughts and concerns clear. I urge them to take these chances to make their points and seek the views and support of their representatives.”
Shetland MSYP Nicole Mouat and Shetland Youth Voice chairwoman Emily Shaw said: “We are both so excited about these joint surgeries. It is such an amazing opportunity for young people all over Shetland to have their voices heard. We cannot wait to get out there and into the schools to hear what the students have to say.”