South Ayrshire hosts fourth annual youth conference

CONNECTING Cultures was on the cards for attendees of South Ayrshire Council’s fourth annual Youth Conference this month.

This year’s theme was reflected in workshops such as YouthLink’s Scotland’s European Exchanges information, and

a fairtrade lunch incorporating flavours and foods from different world cultures.

The popular Micro Tyco challenge - embraced by a number of South Ayrshire schools and businesses throughout November - was also represented, while the South Ayrshire Youth Forum presented on the Commonwealth games and Olympic legacy.

The conference has been co-ordinated by the National Youth Agency since 1993, and provides an opportunity for youth organisations, youth workers and young people to be engaged in youth work to celebrate the achievements and impact of youth work throughout the UK.

Councillor Margaret Toner, the council’s Lifelong learning Portfolio Holder, said of the event: “The youth conference is a fantastic annual event and this year it has given our young people a deeper and wider insight into what is happening in the world and how South Ayrshire links to this.”

Councillor John Hampton, Youth Champion said he was amazed by some of the reactions he got from young people during the conference.

“They were so interested and engaged in what happens and continuously asked questions to know more and more,” he said. “It was a superb event and has created a real buzz.”

South Ayrshire Youth Forum chairwoman Maria McGough added her delight at how well this year’s event had gone.

“I really enjoyed meeting new people and taking part in the different workshops,” she said. “I think everyone had fun and learned a lot about different cultures.”