Register your interest in standing for the new Scottish Borders Youth Council

Could you be one of our new Youth Council members?

We are establishing a new Scottish Borders Youth Council. It will be set up to match that of the Scottish Borders Council with 34 members. As with the council these positions will be divided up under the council wards as shown below. And you could be one of them.

There are three positions available in each ward except Galashiels and District where there are four.

  1. Tweeddale West
  2. Tweeddale East 
  3. Galashiels and District 
  4. Selkirkshire 
  5. Leaderdale and Melrose 
  6. Mid Berwickshire 
  7. East Berwickshire 
  8. Kelso and District 
  9. Jedburgh and District 
  10. Hawick and Denholm 
  11. Hawick and Hermitage 

To find out which ward you live in use our postcode search.

Election process

Over the next two months we will be asking any interested young person aged 12-25, who lives in the Scottish Borders, to fill in our online form and register their interest in standing for one of the Youth Council positions in their area.

Once the deadline is closed on the 28th of February 2021, we will then assess the forms to make sure participants meet the criteria and allocate them to the area in which they live.

We will then invite people to an informal interview with a panel of two staff and two young people.

After interviews have taken place the interview panels will make their decisions.

Once all decisions are made we will inform all candidates and announce the new Scottish Borders Youth Council members for the year 2021

Criteria

To be a Youth Council member you will need to:

  • live in the Scottish Borders
  • be aged between 12-25
  • be willing to attend training for the role
  • be willing to attend a minimum of three full Youth Council meetings a year (spring, summer, and autumn)
  • be willing to commit approx. five hourrs per week to your new role (time each week will vary, could be more or less than five hours)
  • be willing to represent the young people in your elected area and across the Borders

Register your interest

 If you wish to register your interest in standing for one of the 34 Youth Council member places, please fill in the online form by no later than 5pm on the 28th of February 2021.

For further information please email youth@scotborders.gov.uk