Welcome to the home of the Young Islanders Network

Welcome to the home of the Young Islanders Network

We are a network of groups working in our local communities, and together, to get the voices of young islanders heard in Government and beyond.

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Lewis based young islanders:
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We need a handful of volunteers for an hour or two on Saturday for the colour dash! We promise lots of laughs and fun and some YIN merch! 🤩
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Have a read about the YIN's Housing challenge interim report and hear from Sapphire on the BBC Scotland News site today!

Well done Sapphire and a huge thank you to everyone so far who has participated in the challenge. We have 193 responses from today and would encourage you to keep sharing and making sure young islanders have their say!📣

LINK HERE:👇
www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cy79q72xl87o
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Have a read about the YINs Housing challenge interim report and hear from Sapphire on the BBC Scotland News site today!

Well done Sapphire and a huge thank you to everyone so far who has participated in the challenge.  We have 193 responses from today and would encourage you to keep sharing and making sure young islanders have their say!📣

LINK HERE:👇
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cy79q72xl87o

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Don’t forget we have a short Residential event planning group online tonight at 7pm
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Email if you don’t have the link and would like to attend:
Yin@youthscotland.org.uk
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Want to add something new to your delivery mix? 💭 #BigIdeas is the perfect place for youth workers to get inspired!

This year’s workshops will show you how to deliver sessions on:

🎨 Festival & Special Effects Make-Up
💃 Dance & TikTok
🌎 Climate Action
🥁 Wellbeing through music-making
🎭 Communication through drama & theatre
…and so much more!

Book now to claim your place:
➡️ bit.ly/BigIdeas24
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About us

What is the Young Islander’s Network? How did we get started? Where are we going?

Our projects

We run lots of projects and events for young islanders across the Scottish islands.

Young people and youth workers gather outside Highland Council HQ and Fairburn Activity Centre, Muir of Ord.

Latest news

  • Paul’s Island Hopping Easter

    Paul’s Island Hopping Easter

    Young islander Paul from Lewis joined in to visit some youth clubs in Tiree, Cumbrae and Arran over the Easter holidays. Paul accompanied his mum, Naomi, the Senior Development Worker for the Young Islanders Network who was undertaking the tour as part of planned work to engage with Young Islanders across Scotland, and we thought…

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  • Young Islanders latest ministerial engagements

    Young Islanders latest ministerial engagements

    It has been a busy start to 2024 for the Young Islanders Network, with three separate opportunities for ministerial engagement to date. VISIT TO SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT AND THE PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE We kicked off the year with the Scottish Rural and Islands Youth Parliament (SRIYP) visit to Holyrood in January. Thanks to the amazing team at…

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  • Young Islanders Network Housing Challenge – Interim report 2024

    Young Islanders Network Housing Challenge – Interim report 2024

    This interim report contains the findings (to date) of the Young Islanders Network (YIN) Housing Challenge. While the challenge is still open to submissions from interested participants, this interim report highlights some of the invaluable views from young people between the ages of 12-25 years old across all the island local authorities in Scotland. The…

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  • Have your say and take part in the YIN Housing Challenge

    Have your say and take part in the YIN Housing Challenge

    Invitation for 12-25 year old islanders to take part in our Housing questionnaire If you are aged 12-25 years old and live in or are from one of the Scottish Islands, we invite you to take part in this short survey on Housing. Your input will help to shape ad inform our discussions with decision…

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  • Young Islander Matthew represents at the Scottish Rural and Islands Youth Parliament 2023

    Young Islander Matthew represents at the Scottish Rural and Islands Youth Parliament 2023

    The event with over 300 delegates (75 of which were youth participants) was held in Fort William on the 1st of November 2023 After 2 years of discussion, meetings and the pre-event we represented at last November in Birnham, the first Scottish Rural and Islands Youth Parliament was finally here. Our Young Islanders Rural and…

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  • Free ferry travel is coming soon to young islanders under 22!

    Free ferry travel is coming soon to young islanders under 22!

    The Young Islanders Network was thrilled to see the latest news about the expansion of the National Ferry Travel Scheme, which will mean the extension of free ferry travel to all young people under 22 in the Western Isles, Inner Hebrides and Northern Isles. Many young islanders have shared that travel costs can be a…

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