Local children and young people from Drumchapel will have the opportunity to voice their opinions and ideas on how their neighbourhood can be made a better place to grow up and thrive.
Members of the G15 Youth Project and pupils from Langfaulds Primary School, who have been collaborating as part of the place-based Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland (CNS) programme, are hosting a visit from Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government.
Today’s visit is part of Challenge Poverty Week, and seeks to ensure that the voices of children and young people are embedded in the development of the Scottish Government’s next Child Poverty Delivery Plan.
Hearing first-hand from children and young people with a range of lived experiences, the Cabinet Secretary will learn what matters most to Drumchapel’s youth, while also discussing their ideas and ambitions regarding how to change, mitigate and alleviate the impacts of poverty experienced by many in their community.
Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, said: "Tackling child poverty is a national mission for this Government. I’m delighted to visit Drumchapel to hear directly from young people about how this project has helped them and their hopes for the future.
"It is vital that we listen to the voices of those experiencing poverty to inform our next Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan, which will be published by the end of March and will set out a critical path to reducing child poverty."
Drumchapel is currently one of six ’Children’s Neighbourhood’ sites established as part of the place-based Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland (CNS) programme. This programme, created and established by the University of Glasgow, began in 2018 as part of the Scottish Government’s original ’Every child every chance: tackling child poverty delivery plan 2018-2022’.
Adopting a community-led, evidence based and context-informed approach, CNS is driven by the views and involvement of children and young people, local people, professionals and organisations. With a focus on making sustainable change, CNS provides support over time and across the range of contexts in which young people learn, grow and develop.
Professor Chris Chapman, Principal Investigator for Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland, said: "I am immensely proud of the work we have been able to support in Drumchapel. The children and young people have been ambitious in their own desire to see positive change, and have been instrumental alongside our Local Coordinator and many local stakeholders - including G15 and Langfaulds Primary - in driving forward the ambitions to action."