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The Mearns Youth Forum – An Introduction

The Mearns Youth Forum is a voluntary group based in Laurencekirk consisting of young people from the age of 13 – 25. Our main aims are to ensure that the Youth of the Mearns area have a voice in all aspects impacting upon them. Due to this the Youth forum sit on many local groups such as: the Community Council, LDT, VIC, MAP and many stakeholders groups as well – ensuring that all decisions are made with reference to youth voice.

We have always got a multitude of projects on-going, ensuring that all youth are being thought about and represented equally. Our past projects have consisted of many themes, we have done extensive work on aspects like mental well-being and discrimination, but have also completed projects such as the community cinema which help with youth provision and integration of the community. Most importantly however, all of our projects have been and are to help youth of the Mearns in one way or another.

If you have an issue within the Mearns which you think we could help with please give us a shout:
Email: mearnsythforum@gmail.com
Tel: 01561 378298 (Ask for Dee Wardell)

Who We Are – Our Members

Lauren McGill

I joined the youth forum in 2014 and since then have been involved in several projects. The Mearns youth forum has made a mental health awareness video with a company called fixers, we have also created a community cinema where families can come and enjoy a nights viewing in our brand new theatre. Right now we are working towards getting a radio put in place so we can air it round the school at break times and lunch times. Apart from the Forum I go to a ‘Youth club 5’ on a Friday night held in at the Living rooms Christian centre and cafe. I also volunteer waitressing there every Saturday, and play piano there on a Sunday evening at the service. In my spare time I love to bake, debate politics, play the piano and saxophone. I work at my local Chinese and will shortly learn how to make prawn crackers! In the future I hope to study law and have a chocolate pancake business on the side. I would say that’s me in a nutshell.

Fraser Nicoll

I’m Fraser Nicoll and I’m the vice chairperson of the forum. I am 15 years old and I’m in my 4th year at Mearns Academy. I’ve been a member of the youth forum for 4 years. I enjoy sport and I play the Guitar and the Viola. I also sit on the Mearns Area Partnership, representing the Mearns Youth Forum.

David T. Donaldson

Hi I’m David, I’m 16 years old and live in North Angus and the Mearns. I have been a member of the Forum since 2013 and am the current Chair. I believe greatly in Young people taking action on issues which affect them within their local communities and nationally, indeed it is this passion and belief that has influenced me to take part in the many groups and committees of which I am a member. I am a firm believer in equality and inclusion for everyone, of every race and background. Due to this I have done extensive work on prejudice toward communities such as Gypsy/Travellers.

I am a pupil at Mearns Academy in Laurencekirk. I enjoy hillwalking and Cross country running. In my spare time I do a lot of volunteering, being a member of my school’s Charity committee, Kincardine & Mearns Youth Forum, my local Rights respecting School’s steering group, as well as being a representative for Young people on many local groups such as; VIC, Swimming Pool Stakeholders and LDT. I am also currently completing my Gold DofE award.

If you want to get in contact with me about anything, please just give me a shout, you can get me on this email address: mearnsythforum@gmail.com

Callum Smith

I have been a member of the Mearns Youth Forum for three years now, and in that time I have held the position of Secretary and Treasurer. I have a very active school life, and participate in a variety of different projects and groups, including the Rights Respecting School Group, and the Charities Committee. I am also a Senior Prefect, which has allowed me to take on more responsibility and ensure that the school is a happy and safe learning environment.

Outside of school, I regularly go sea kayaking in Stonehaven harbour, and I am on my way to becoming a Volunteer Councillor, as part of my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Volunteering.

I joined the Youth Forum because I wanted to help make the Howe of the Mearns the best place for a child to grow up in. Whether it be tackling mental health issues with our Mental Wellbeing Event, or protecting the rights of minority groups with our Gypsy Traveller Consultation, I believe that my role in the Youth Forum has helped create positive change for the Mearns Area, and hope to continue to make a difference for many years to come.

Amy Wojciechowski

I have been a member of Mearns Youth Forum for 4 months and I am the secretary. I enjoy sports and I go to Cross country running and Hockey. I also go to debating club and writing club. I like playing guitar and I am a member of Mearns junior vocal group choir.

 

Robbie Nicoll

Hello, I am Robbie and I am the longest serving member of the Mearns Youth Forum, having been involved since 2010. Throughout my time I’ve seen lots of projects that I’ve had the honour of working on, giving me experience in different areas and speaking on different issues. In 2013 I was elected as the Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Angus North and Mearns, and I have held that position since. Being an MSYP has allowed me to connect with political figures and groups and have a voice on a whole range of topics including gender equality, young people’s employment conditions and votes at 16.

Outside of youth work, I enjoy socialising, reading, playing Xbox and all sorts. Liverpool and Dundee United are my two football teams and I enjoy playing football as well although I don’t often get the chance nowadays.

I got involved with the Mearns Youth Forum because I really connected with the message of making a difference for young people. Almost six years later I hope I’ve had some involvement in doing that!

 

Charlotte Donaldson

I’m Charlotte Donaldson and I have been a member of the Mearns Youth Forum for 2 years now. I sit on two steering groups, K&M and the arts steering group. I took part in the arts steering group because I really enjoy art. I love to do makeup and go shopping. I would highly recommend a young person to take part in the Mearns Youth Forum, as you have a great experience and learn lots of new teamwork skills. The youth forum is very warm and welcoming and everyone feels valued.

 

Chloe Boyd

My name is Chloe Boyd; I have been a member of the forum for around 6 years. I have enjoyed working with community on a number of occasions throughout my time as a member. As one of the longest running members I have had the chance to meet many amazing people who have come and gone, most of which I still have the pleasure of working with. There has been ups and downs within the forum but we have all developed an amazing friendship within and out of the forum. I will be extremely sad to leave when the time comes but for now I am intrigued to see what we can do as a group in the future and what changes we can make to make our community a more enjoyable and safe place to be.

 

Other Members
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