Eight Ways to Make Your Voice Heard

Voting in a national election isn’t the only way you can have your voice heard. 

Here’s 8 ideas for how you can shape your local community, country, or the entire world! Become a Member of Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP).  

Young people aged 14-25 can stand as a candidate in Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) elections. SYP elections are held in Scotland every two years. MSYPs work on campaigns and develop policy to influence Scottish Parliament and how society works. 

Get involved in your local youth forum

Most councils in Scotland have one so have a Google and see what you can find. Youth Forums work to influence what is happening in your local area. 

Join a Young Scot project

Our Get Involved page is always being updated with new opportunities for projects with our Co-design team. Our Co-design team support groups of young people to work with organisations like Scottish Government, SQA, NHS Scotland, and others, to influence services and policy affecting young people. 

Take part in a survey to tell decision makers what you think

Our Get Involved page has lots of surveys you can complete, and the Young Scot Reward page has surveys you can get Reward points for completing. 

Respond to a consultation

Scottish Government often ask the general public what they think about big issues. These are called consultations. Anyone can fill in a response to a consultation on the Scottish Government website. 

Write to you Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) or Member of Parliament (MP)

Find your MSP or MP and then send them an email about an issue you care about. You could write a real-life pen and paper letter and post it to them too, and most elected representatives have times when you can meet them in person to discuss issues. These are called constituency surgeries or clinics. 

Join a social movement and demonstrate, campaign or protest

This can take many forms, like the school climate strikes, Amnesty International’s Write for Rights letter-writing campaign, or marching for International Women’s Day. You can even connect with others who are passionate about the same issue as you and create a new campaign! See our tips for how to start campaigning. 

Support a charity

There are thousands of small charities around Scotland who do vital work locally and nationally. You can volunteerraise money or become an #iwill Champion! 

Check out more information about your rights.