Young people are being urged to put themselves forward for next year’s Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) elections.

Pupils at Renfrew High School helped launch the call to action aimed at all young people aged between 14 and 25 years-old.

Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) serve a two-year term and attend three sittings each year to give young people a voice on a national level.

Five candidates will be elected to represent Renfrewshire’s young people – two for Renfrewshire North West, two for Paisley and one for Renfrewshire South.

Renfrew High pupil Skye Docherty said: “Standing to be elected in the Scottish Youth Parliament gives young people an opportunity to make our voices heard and be a voice for other young people.”

Young people have until Friday 16th November to register their interest in becoming a candidate for the SYP election.

Registration takes place online at

Renfrewshire Council Chief Executive, Sandra Black, is the Returning Officer for the SYP elections in Renfrewshire.

Sandra said: “Being a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament is a fantastic opportunity to work with elected representatives and public, private and voluntary organisations both locally and nationally to make positive changes for young people living, working or studying in Renfrewshire.”

Year of Young People Champion, Councillor Michelle Campbell, added: “It’s important that young people have their voices heard and their views are considered as part of local and national decision making. I’d encourage young people to register their interest in becoming a candidate as soon as they can.”

Young people who register their interest are invited to attend a candidate briefing on Wednesday 28th November 2018 in the Council Chambers within Renfrewshire House.

Main Photo (top of page) SYP elections – (Left to Right) Renfrew High pupils Emma Crawford, Kieran Sanderson, Kirsty Downs, Skye Docherty, Laura Cole