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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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๐ŸŸ ๐Ÿ”ต On Behalf of Barra & Vatersay Young Islander Group๐ŸŸ ๐Ÿ”ต

Barra & Vatersay Young Islander group took part in a conservation trip to the island of Mingulay where they took part in โ€œbeating back the brackenโ€ as part of conservation management programme with local National Trust ranger Ben. They also met with National Trust volunteers Mike and Gemima and also Chris the Bird warden where they used telescopes to study the seals, the fulmars nesting and the puffins with their chicks. They went to visit the old schoolhouse where the NT volunteers stay when on the island and then we explored the old village where some of the young peopleโ€™s great great grandparents originated from. Some of the group took the opportunity to walk up to the sea cliffs which were so atmospheric with thousands of birds nesting whilst others walked up to a viewpoint looking back to Barra.

For many of the young people this was their first time visiting Mingulay and they really appreciated learning more about how life would have been like over 100 years ago as well as the importance of the eco system both in the sea and on land for bird life.

On the way back we did a plankton haul in Mingulay bay as well as used a sekki disk to measure water transparency. Huge thanks to Ben, the National trust ranger for helping guide the young people around Mingulay and also to Hebridean tours who took us down. This trip was supported by Katie Denehy, (CLD) and was funded by Young Islanders Project/ Youth Scotland.

Feedback from the young people were;

"This was my first time in Mingulay and it was amazing to see the old village and how people would have lived and carved a living."

"I found being on Mingulay so peaceful and going back in time, I could have slept there!"

"I learnt much more about how puffins and fulmars nest and it was amazing to learn that a puffin can have up to 60 sand ells in its bill at one time!"

"I would love to go back and spend more time on Mingulay to explore all the hills and sea cliffs. Iโ€™d also like to go and visit other islands and learn about them."
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๐ŸŸ ๐Ÿ”ต On Behalf of Barra & Vatersay Young Islander Group๐ŸŸ ๐Ÿ”ต

Barra & Vatersay Young Islander group took part in a conservation trip to the island of Mingulay where they took part in โ€œbeating back the brackenโ€ as part of conservation management programme with local National Trust ranger Ben. They also met with National Trust volunteers Mike and Gemima and also Chris the Bird warden where they used telescopes to study the seals, the fulmars nesting and the puffins with their chicks.  They went to visit the old schoolhouse where the NT volunteers stay when on the island and then we explored the old village where some of the young peopleโ€™s great great grandparents originated from. Some of the group took the opportunity to walk up to the sea cliffs which were so atmospheric with thousands of birds nesting whilst others walked up to a viewpoint looking back to Barra.

For many of the young people this was their first time visiting Mingulay and they really appreciated learning more about how life would have been like over  100 years ago as well as the importance of the eco system both in the sea and on land for bird life.

On the way back we did a plankton haul in Mingulay bay as well as used a sekki disk to measure water transparency. Huge thanks to Ben, the National trust ranger for helping guide the young people around Mingulay and also to Hebridean tours who took us down. This trip was supported by Katie Denehy, (CLD) and was funded by Young Islanders Project/ Youth Scotland.

Feedback from the young people were;

This was my first time in Mingulay and it was amazing to see the old village and how people would have lived and carved a living.

I found being on Mingulay so peaceful and going back in time, I could have slept there!

I learnt much more about how puffins and fulmars nest and it was amazing to learn that a puffin can have up to 60 sand ells in its bill at one time!

I would love to go back and spend more time on Mingulay to explore all the hills and sea cliffs. Iโ€™d also like to go and visit other islands and learn about them.

General Election Hustings – You’re Invited! ๐Ÿ’Œ

Join us for an online General Election Hustings on July 2nd at 7pm, where you can question political parties on their visions for rural and island Scotland.

This is your chance to engage directly with candidate MPs and hear their priorities for tackling challenges and opportunities in areas including energy, transport and connectivity, support for small businesses, agriculture and fishing.

Secure your place at the hustings: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/general-election-hustings-focus-on-rural-and-island-futures-tickets-924226….

#GeneralElection #RuralScotland #IslandScotland #Hustings #ScottishRuralAction
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๐Ÿ“ฃ Calling all Young Islanders! We are meeting this Thursday and look forward to hearing from members old and new!

โญ๏ธ If you've never been or it's been a while, you are always very welcome! Please email yin@youthscotland.org.uk if you need the link.
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๐Ÿ“ฃ Calling all Young Islanders!  We are meeting this Thursday and look forward to hearing from members old and new! 

โญ๏ธ If youve never been or its been a while, you are always very welcome!  Please email yin@youthscotland.org.uk if you need the link.

Just one week to go until the Royal Highland Show starts in Edinburgh! ๐ŸŽ‰

We’re so excited here at SRA to team up with some amazing partners for our Community Showcase. Huge shoutout to:

๐Ÿ’š GrowBiz Scotland
๐Ÿ’š Scottish Rural and Islands Transport Community
๐Ÿ’š Inspiralba
๐Ÿ’š Scottish Community Alliance
๐Ÿ’š Scottish Islands Federation
๐Ÿ’š Young Islanders Network
๐Ÿ’š Community Enterprise
๐Ÿ’š Nourish
๐Ÿ’š Highlands & Islands Climate Hub
๐Ÿ’š Climate Cafe Network Hub
๐Ÿ’š Community Land Scotland
๐Ÿ’š SCOTO Network
๐Ÿ’š Open Aye
๐Ÿ’š TRACS
๐Ÿ’š Ardnamurchan Secondary School Folk Group

Together, we’re all about supporting and celebrating rural Scotland.

If you’re coming to the show, swing by and say hello! Learn about our awesome partners and see how we’re working together to make a difference in our rural communities. Can’t wait to see you in just a week!

#ScottishRuralAction #RHS2024 #RoyalHighlandShow2024 #ProudToBeRural #RuralScotland #CommunityShowcase
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๐ŸŸง Young Islanders Network – Housing Challenge

๐ŸŸฆAged 12-25 years old and living/ from a Scottish Island?

๐Ÿ“ฃ Please take a couple of minutes to help us understand what housing is like where you live by completing the questions in the link forms.office.com/e/FiQ4S1X3vc

Youth Scotland Scottish Islands Federation Scottish National Rural Network Scottish Rural Action Scottish Islands Team Western Isles Youth Services Orkney Youth-Cafe Orkney Youth Forum Shetland Youth Local Action Group – YLAG Shetland Youth Voice Bute Youth Action Group Islay Development Initiative Portree Youth Club Broadford Youth Club Mull and Iona Community Trust
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About us

What is the Young Islanderโ€™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 โ€“ Interim report 2024

    Young Islanders Network Housing Challenge โ€“ 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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