Eyemouth High School pupils were invited to the heart of government last week as part of their work on resilient communities.
Paul Wheelhouse, SNP MSP for the South of Scotland, welcomed the schoolchildren to Holyrood as part of their work with Eyemouth Town Community Council (ETCC) towards more resilient communities.
The pupils have been working in conjunction with Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and ETCC, representatives of which accompanied the pupils, to develop a plan to encourage young people to get involved with their local resilience schemes to be implemented in case of emergencies.
Pupils, members of the ETCC and SBC presented a report to MSPs and Scottish Government officials following lunch and an afternoon touring the Scottish Parliament building.
Following the presentation, Wheelhouse commented: “It was a great opportunity to show MSPs from other areas how engaged our young people in Berwickshire are.
“The pupils, officers from SBC and the Town Community Council have all worked incredibly hard together towards the resilient communities plan and I can’t commend them highly enough for that.
“Having witnessed this past winter’s effect on many communities across the Borders it has become quite necessary to consider resilience plans, for Eyemouth and other communities. It was reassuring to find out SBC have been working to introduce plans across the region.”
He continued: “Having younger members of the community involved delivers countless benefits to all concerned, not least increasing awareness of knowing what to do in an emergency situation as well as boosting confidence levels and respect for themselves and their community. They can also earn Saltire Awards in recognition for their volunteering for the benefit of their community.
“Alongside this, the volunteering work the S6 pupils and those who sign up for the resilient communities have been doing is a fantastic selling point for potential employers. Achieving a Saltire Award is something pupils themselves recognise in terms of adding skills to their CV, in making them stand out from the crowd, and having seen their confident presentation and spent time with them I was extremely proud of them for their efforts.
“It is reassuring to see such positive engagement and I hope other young people in Eyemouth and elsewhere in the Scottish Borders have been encouraged to engage with their community in similar ways.”