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Orkney Youth Conference takes place

Council Convener Harvey Johnston.

Orkney’s biennial Youth Conference, held at the Kirkwall Town Hall yestrday, organised by the OIC’s Community Learning and Development Service, brought together 80 young people from across Orkney to take part in workshops and hear from keynote speakers on a range of issues.

The conference was opened by council Convener Harvey Johnston, who said he was truly delighted and privileged to be at the conference, amongst Orkney’s young people.

He continued: “Our young folk are Orkney’s greatest asset and I’m expecting great things from you all. Not just today at this conference, but in your lives to come.”

Taking to the stage next was keynote speaker John Loughton. John is a high profile and award winning global youth leader, social entrepreneur, campaigner and leadership speaker. He is founder and CEO of global leadership company Dare2Lead. In 2007 he was elected the youngest ever Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament.

On the back of yesterday’s Orkney Youth Conference, local folk in Orkney who work with children and young people, are gathering today for the third Growing Up in Orkney conference.

Today’s conference gives them the opportunity to share and learn from each other as well as find out what’s working well in our communities. It’s also about learning from others and exploring practice further afield and deciding what to stop doing, what we should be doing more of and what we should start doing.

Delegates will take part in a range of workshops and hear from keynote speaker Dave Clubb. Dave who hails from Shetland is a Social Worker with 15 years experience in different positions within the Shetland Islands Council before working for five years on a freelance basis and becoming a foster carer.


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