Ruraidh joined the #iwill ambassadors in 2015 at aged 16. Since then, he has been actively participating in youth social action.
“I'm currently volunteering with a small local charity, Computers for Africa. We will be taking around 300 refurbished computers to schools, orphanages and adult education centres in South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. I'm going with a small group to install the computers and offer training to teachers and pupils who would otherwise never receive such equipment."
“I am currently seeking re-election in the Scottish Youth Parliament because I believe The Highland is a great place to be young. I have been fortunate enough to take advantage of the many opportunities available here. If re-elected as MSYP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, I would continue to work to ensure that all young people have equal access to these opportunities. I will continue to work to ensure young Highlanders feel respected and able to inform and influence the decisions that are made on the issues they feel strongly about. I will use the excellent communication and presentation skills I have gained through my social action journey to ensure that the voice of the Highlands’ young people is not only heard but is being effectively addressed.”
"I actively listen and represent the views of the young people of my constituency and work with stakeholders, including local and national government, to influence the policies that are most important to young people in the Highlands. In my first year, I was elected as Deputy Convenor of The SYP's Transport, Environment & Rural Affairs subject committee."
"I also submitted the following 3 motions to the SYP, which were all overwhelmingly accepted by the membership: Design and relevancy of PSHE (93%), Affordable homes and youth homelessness (99%), and Standardised high quality public transport (90%)."
"I was a member of The Scottish Government's Junior Climate Challenge Fund (JCCF) Grants Panel, with awarded grants totalling £916,333 to youth led projects. We also contributed to the design of the grant application forms, publicity materials, and promoted the fund at numerous events and conferences. As the Chair of the JCCF, I designed and organised a three-day residential panel meeting in Lochalsh. This included team building activities and a visit to a CCF Project in Skye. The JCCF team successfully applied to the Lloyds TSB Money for Life Challenge, which enabled us to design and run a series of workshops in schools throughout Scotland. These workshops demonstrated the benefits of adopting a low-carbon lifestyle. We also won the 2016 Young Scot Environment Award."
"As a Saltire Ambassador, I represent and promote the Saltire Awards, and inspire other young people to get involved with youth social action locally to the highlands. I also contribute to the development of the Saltire Awards and participate in decision making as a Summit Panel Member."
"I am a competitive sailor, and as a qualified assistant instructor, help pass on my love of sailing to other young people and adults. I successfully submitted a funding application to purchase essential equipment, to break down the financial barriers to participation within the sport."
"As Youth Legacy Ambassador for Highland, I arranged a three-day tour of 16 primary schools in Skye & Lochalsh. I designed a presentation on the Commonwealth, and sourced oak trees and plaques to act as a legacy of the 2014 games. I also volunteered at the Young Scot stand in the Games Village and represented young people as a member of the Highland Selection Panel for the Queen's Baton Relay."
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