Inspiring young Girlguiding Scotland members tell MSPs that youth work matters

Two young members of Girlguiding Scotland, Katie Horsburgh from Edinburgh and Laura Tucker from Inverness, recently had the chance to tell politicians all about how youth work changes lives.

Katie, 15, and Laura, 23, joined hundreds of young people from youth work projects and organisations across the country in meeting their local MSPs and MPs earlier this month (November 2015) to tell their own stories about the benefit of youth work.

Katie, who met with Gordon MacDonald MSP in Edinburgh, and Laura, who met with Jean Urquhart MSP in Inverness, spoke to the politicians about YouthLink Scotland’s Holyrood Manifesto and call to action. These include a series of asks for Scottish politicians, including for a nationwide employer-supported volunteering scheme to help boost the number of people giving their time to help young people.

Laura is an Assistant Leader with 4th Inverness Guide Unit. She was recently elected to represent Girlguiding Scotland on Girlguiding’s council, where she will represent the views of Scottish guiding and help shape the future of the charity.

Katie, who is an Assistant Leader at 193rdB Edinburgh Guides, had the chance to tell Gordon Macdonald all about the amazing opportunities she’s had through guiding including going kayaking, being a Young Leader and taking part in Girlguiding’s Advocate panel which speaks out on the issues that matter to girls and young women.

Katie said: “I had a great meeting at the Scottish Parliament with MSP Gordon Macdonald.

“We discussed the importance of youth work in Scotland and the role guiding has played in my life and in the lives of other girls.

“He listened to what I had to say – I hope that this meeting will have encouraged him and other decision-makers to take action to improve funding to help keep young people’s organisations thriving.”

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