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Theme 9 Young people

The future of Sutherland rests on its young people. In order to encourage young people to stay, return or settle in the area there must be access to facilities, services, employment and housing opportunities.

The development of recreational facilities and connecting transport will benefit everyone, young and old, local and visitor alike. While access to crofts and affordable housing is also key to encourage young people to remain in the area.

A list of actions of the Development and Action Plan gives more details of the actions identified and those being carried out.

Current projects

Sutherland Youth Conference 2012

The Sutherland Partnership is currently consulting with young people in Sutherland regarding a Sutherland wide Youth Conference. This will be shaped by young people and allow them the opportunity to discuss the matters that are important to them. The Conference will allow them to discuss and develop opportunities and activities which they would like to see happen in their areas. For more information on the Conference please see the Sutherland Youth Conference 2012 page.

Youth Development Scheme

CVS North are working on creating a North West Sutherland youth experience scheme and establish a community youth exchange programme.

In 2011 CVS North commissioned Highflight Consultancy to carry out a study to investigate the creation of a North West Sutherland Youth Experience and the steps towards the establishment of a community youth exchange program. The report can be found here:

Youth Consultancy Report

Saltire Awards

The Saltire Awards are for young people already volunteering or thinking about volunteering. For more information contact VGES or CVS North who administer the scheme in Sutherland.

Useful links

Highland Youth Voice

Scottish Youth Parliament

If you would like further information or would like to comment on the Development and Action Plan please contact Fiona Mackenzie, Development Officer on 01549 402 646 or at