Young Dollar woman takes on new role speaking out for Girlguiding Scotland members

A young Girlguiding Scotland member from Blairingone in Clackmannanshire, has taken on a new role representing the views of Girlguiding members from across Scotland.

Emma Rattray, 16, a Young Leader at 1st Muckhart Guides, has joined the Scottish Youth Parliament as a MSYP, where she’ll speak out for young Girlguiding Scotland members on issues that affect them, ensuring their voices are heard by Scotland’s decision makers.

The Scottish Youth Parliament is the democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people. It is made up of 150 young people aged 14-25 from across Scotland and is a platform for young people to make their voices heard by decision makers on issues that matter to them.

Girlguiding Scotland has two peer elected MSYP representatives who attend three Scottish Youth Parliament sittings per year, which involves debates and discussions around issues that matters to Scotland’s young people. Emma will join current Girlguiding Scotland MSYP Madeleine Brown on her first sitting this summer.

Emma was elected by her peers after speaking passionately about the Scottish Youth Parliament’s current campaign POVERTY: See It Change It and on how Girlguiding Scotland members can actively support the campaign and help to tackle child and youth poverty.
Emma Rattray said: “Being voted to be one of the Girlguiding Scotland representatives for the Scottish Youth Parliament is a great opportunity and I intend to take the most from this amazing experience.

“I want to the next two years encouraging my fellow Girlguiding Scotland members to give their opinions on Scottish Youth Parliament Members’ Motions and campaigns so that we can truly represent Girlguiding Scotland’s voice on key issues affecting young people in Scotland.

“We have been given a voice and what we say with our voice today will shape the future we live in tomorrow.”

Denise Spence, Girlguiding Scotland CEO, said: “I was very impressed by Emma’s speech about Scottish Youth Parliament’s POVERTY: See It Change It campaign and how she would engage Girlguiding Scotland members on the issue of poverty.

“Emma was very articulate and sincere and impressed her peers who elected her as our new Scottish Youth Parliament representative.”