Youngsters make their voices heard

A £10,000 bursary looks set to be available for a Borders College student to take up a youth student internship with Scottish Borders Council.

After listening to a request by a group of Berwickshire youngsters who asked for increased accountability of the children’s champion role on the council and also direct representation by youngsters within the authority, the council will make a decision, today, August 30, on whether to go ahead with changes to the children’s champion role and recruiting an intern.

The successful internship candidate will take on a ‘bridging role’ between young people, elected members, officers and directors at the council, the £10,000 cost shared equally between the council’s four directorates - education, social work, resources, environment and infrastructure. They will also work towards an SCQF Level 7 award in youth participation.

“This is an exciting opportunity for a young person aged 16-21 years, who has experience of contributing to the community of the Scottish Borders, to be part of something that has the potential to improve the life of children and young people in the area,” said a review group member.