South Scotland MSP, Emma Harper MSP, has invited Dumfries and Galloway’s representatives in the Scottish Youth Parliament to meet with her to discuss a number of topics.

Ms Harper has suggested they meet to discuss local issues on steps taken by the Scottish Government to assist with communities, businesses and individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic and is offering an opportunity for members to share any other ideas or concerns they may have, with her.

This meeting will take place virtually on Friday, August 21 between 17:00 until 18:00.

Ms Harper has also offered regional members of the Scottish Youth Parliament to spend some time with her on constituency work across Dumfries and Galloway or in the Scottish Parliament, subject to Scottish Government advice on physical distancing.

Ms Harper who is Convener of the parliament’s Mental Health Cross Party Group commented;

“I’ve invited Dumfries & Galloway representatives of the Scottish Youth Parliament to meet with me to discuss a range of current issues affecting our communities.

“Young people have been impacted upon during the coronavirus pandemic, with physical distancing requirements meaning large sacrifices on their behalf. They were, for a significant period of time, unable to see their friends face to face and of course were unable to attend school. The most recent Cross Party Group for Mental Health – which I convene – focused specifically on young people’s experiences.

This pandemic has caused huge challenges for everyone across our region and together, our young people which are essential members of communities, are welcome to help direct support so that we can navigate a positive way forward.

“I’d like to hear from our young members about their thoughts on issues facing our communities and I have also offered them an opportunity to accompany me in both constituency work and parliamentary work which I hope will offer a valuable and interesting experience for them”.