Do you know of a young person interested in becoming a MSYP for Highland?

Are you a young person interested in becoming a MSYP?


The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) represents Scotland’s young people. SYP has democratically elected members, aged 14-25 who listen to and recognise the issues that are most important to young people, ensuring that their voices are heard by decision makers. SYP encourage all of Scotland’s young people to play their part in achieving their vision and provide a national platform for their participation in democracy.


In Highland, there is the opportunity for 6 young people who are 14-25 years old to stand as MSYPs:

2 in Inverness and Nairn

2 in Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch

2 in Caithness, Sutherland and Ross


The SYP Elections Process is starting soon!


You can find information about all the different phases of the elections running from April until November 2021 at There will be a separate page created for young people to access.


THE FIRST PHASE – April to June

The first phase is to inspire young people to stand as candidates. The SYP runs a controlled nomination system and those expressing an interest in candidacy must do so by completing a Candidate’s Expression of Interest (EOI) form (hosted on the SYP Elections Platform –, going live tomorrow)


Nominations will officially open on 1st April 2021 (tomorrow)

Deadline for Return of EOI forms is 30th June 2021


A communications pack and assets to help you promote the elections will be available from SYP at next week including

a promotional video about SYP and why young people should get involved, posters, leaflets, presentation, FAQs and SYP social media links to help us promote this opportunity to young people in Highland.

SYP Communications and engagement sessions contact:

SYP’s general advice when inspiring people to stand is:

  • Lead with the issues (pandemic, rights, education, mental health, environment, see SYP manifesto), helping to make positive changes for young people
  • You don’t have to know loads about politics!
  • ‘What’s in it for me?’
    • Part of a community of brilliant young people across Scotland
    • Learning and developing life skills and confidence (& great for the CV)
    • A chance to have a genuine impact on a national level (what have SYP achieved – our campaigns)
    • Opportunities to meet with politicians and decision makers at major events & on committees


TIMELINE summarised below and if you know of anyone who is interested in standing, please encourage them to contact us with any questions and to complete an ‘Expression of Interest form’


1st April 2021 Expression of Interest  

• Nominations for expressions interest to be a candidate open.


April/May 2021 Expression of Interest Inspiring young people to stand as candidates

• organise promotion in schools, youth groups and other organisations.

• Young people complete expression of interest form.

• Promotional materials available.

• Young people complete initial training and meet with Named Election Coordinator.


30th June 2021 Expression of Interest  

• The deadline for Candidates: Expression of Interest Forms is 5pm on 30th June 2021.


Here is another activity for you to get involved in over the Easter Holidays! It is a virtual expedition and organised by The British Exploring Society.

Wildestan Expedition – Think Global: Act Local (1 hr per day at 5pm) Monday 5th – Friday 9th April. This is open to young people aged between 14-25 and is free, young people would join via Zoom.

Our Wildestan Expedition is back for 2021.

Have the Courage to do something different. Challenge yourself. Gain Self-belief to strengthen your skills. Join our Community today.


Join us for a week of adventure during the Easter holidays as we ‘Think Global: Act Local’ in Wildestan. Your dedicated Wildestan Experts will increase your awareness of issues on a global and local scale. Equipping you with the knowledge and tools to find adventure at home by exploring your local area, and use your newfound skills to effect positive change at home.

What will the week look like? 

  • MondayClimate Change – will encourage you to think from a global perspective, looking at the impacts of climate change on a global scale, moving to consider how this might be presenting itself on a more local level.
  • TuesdayLand Management – we will design ways that we can go out and learn more about our own local areas ourselves.
  • WednesdayNature & Well-being – we’ll be using our increased understanding of our environment to reflect on its impact on us and our wellbeing. We’ll be assessing our own perception of wilderness.
  • ThursdayBiodiversity – looking at how we can record its presence and understanding its importance.
  • FridayImplementing Change Locally – we will be looking at how we can tie everything that we’ve learned together and carrying out activities to protect and maintain our local environments.

Like all Wildestan Adventures, there will be interactive activities, discussions, you will meet like-minded people and a chance for you to ask questions of our industry leading Wildestan Experts as they broadcast to you live from the wilderness where they stand.

The Wildestan Expedition will take place on Zoom, commencing Monday 5th April – Friday 9th April every day for an hour at 5pm.

I’m interested.                                  REGISTER HERE

Need more information?              Wildestan Welcome Pack

What is it like in Wildestan?        Wildestan YouTube video


We look forward to welcoming you to Wildestan!

GME Videos, Comann nam Pàrant Nàiseanta     


Comann nam Pàrant have released six new informative and concise videos about Gaelic Medium Education. The videos will look at GME at each stage from 0-18 and how families and schools dealt with lockdown.


The short videos feature a variety of people involved in Gaelic Medium Education including parents, practitioners, pupils and youth development officers. Aimed at informing new and existing families in Gaelic Medium Education, these short and engaging videos will show how GME settings and families have dealt with home-learning and provide more information about GME at each stage, Early Years, Primary and Secondary.


The videos have been produced in partnership with Highland Council and Bòrd na Gàidhlig and John MacDiarmid has been commissioned for the filming and editing, which has been challenging during this period of lockdown.


The six videos will be released on Comann nam Pàrant’s Social Media Channels and will be available on the Comann nam Pàrant website.

Comann nam Pàrant – GME Videos (


Helen MacKinnon, the Chairperson of the National Comann nam Pàrant Committee said:

‘We believe and hope that these videos will be informative and helpful to families that have children in GME, and also to families that are considering starting out on their path in GME.’


Joanne McHale, Education Manager at Bòrd na Gàidhlig said,

“These videos will be a great source of information for families across Scotland and will help them to make informed decisions when considering Gaelic Medium Education. Not only do they provide an insight into GME and the associated benefits, but they will provide families with useful tips on how to support and encourage children and young people to use Gaelic within the home setting.  On behalf of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, I would like to thank the officers at Comann nam Pàrant for their hard work in creating this invaluable resource.”


For more information please contact,

Inverness Royal Academy Cycle Hub group was established in 2018 and aims to widen access to all forms of cycling for our pupils, their families and the wider community. Find out more about what we have done by reading our case-study from Cycling Scotland or our nomination for DMBinS Awards 2019.

As part of this broad aim we have established a school MTB club which receives coached sessions, led rides and an annual bikepacking expedition. The club is hoping to develop an already established trail on the school grounds to include skills features such as berms, drops, rock gardens and table tops suitable for MTB and BMX.

Being in the urban environment of Inverness some of our youngsters struggle to get the opportunity to ride technical features in a safe, managed environment. We want to be able to offer coached sessions at a higher technical level and by having a purpose built trail on the school grounds it would be accessible to the club at lunchtimes and after-school, and the community in the evenings and at weekends.

We hope to achieve the following:

  • Increased participation in extra-curricular MTB club
  • Develop the sport of MTB by offering grass-route coaching with links to further pathway opportunities including making links to UCI 2023 to inspire competitive pupils
  • Increased health & wellbeing of pupils with ASN or from low SIMD areas through curricular and extra-curricular involvement in riding, bike maintenance and trail design
  • Increased participation in mountain biking for girls through providing coaching, role models and targeted activities
  • Provide leadership opportunities and develop “skills for work” in our school community including building a sense of pride and responsibility for the facility

If you would like to support our cause you can make a donation here


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