Kat ready to make sure young voices are heard

The Oban Times - - News -

A NEWLY ap­pointed con­venor will take the con­cerns of young peo­ple to High­land coun­cil in her latest role.

Kat Bate­son has taken up the full-time po­si­tion of High­land youth con­venor this month and will rep­re­sent young­sters re­gion-wide un­til Au­gust 2016.

As youth con­venor with High Life High­land, Kat, based in In­ver­ness, will pro­vide a con­sis­tent link for elected mem­bers and se­nior of­fi­cials of High­land coun­cil.

Kat will work closely with sec­ondary schools across the re­gion and will act as the sound­ing board for lo­cal youth is­sues.

As the ninth High­land youth con­venor Kat takes over from Shaun Fin­layson. She said: ‘I am de­lighted to have been cho­sen as the new youth con­venor and I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing Shaun’s good work and putting for­ward my own per­spec­tive for im­prov­ing the lives of young peo­ple in the High­lands.’

Leader of High­land coun­cil, Coun­cil­lor Mar­garet David­son said: ‘The youth con­venor post is unique in Scot­land and is part of our com­mit­ment to bet­ter un­der­stand and en­gage with is­sues im­por­tant to High­land’s young peo­ple. Kat takes over this im­por­tant role at an ex­cit­ing time as 16 and 17 year olds can now vote at Scot­tish elec­tions, in­clud­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions and the up- com­ing com­mu­nity coun­cil elec­tions. It’s very im­por­tant young voices are heard and to make sure their fresh ideas and dif­fer­ent opin­ions are well rep­re­sented. I am sure Kat will en­joy the chal­lenges and will be able to use her skills in the role and I look for­ward to work­ing with her over the com­ing year.’

NEW ROLE: from left: coun­cil­lor Mar­garet David­son with Shaun Fin­layson, High­land coun­cil

con­venor Iso­bel McCal­lum and new youth con­venor Kat Bate­son

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