Young people in East Lothian are being asked to get creative and share their ideas on how to make the county a better place for young people for a competition held as part of the Year of Young People.

** Deadline for entries extended until 9am on Friday 25 May 2018**

2018 is the Year of Young People, and we want to hear from East Lothian’s young people on what you would do if you were ‘in charge’. How would you like to improve life in East Lothian for young people? What decisions might you make, or what new policies might you introduce, and why? We want to hear your ideas about how you would improve life for young people, and your vision for the future of East Lothian.

East Lothian Provost John McMillan said:

"This competition offers East Lothian’s young people the chance to share their thoughts and ideas about how they would like to improve life for young people, and their vision for the future of East Lothian." Provost John McMillan

“2018 is the Year of Young People, which is an opportunity for us all to recognise and celebrate our nation’s young people and the valuable contribution they make to our communities.

“This competition offers East Lothian’s young people the chance to share their thoughts and ideas about how they would like to improve life for young people, and their vision for the future of East Lothian. Our young people are our future, and who better to ask how they envisage the future of our wonderful county?”

You may wish to convey your ideas in:

  • A short story
  • A letter to our Provost John McMillan
  • A poem
  • A diary entry or blog
  • A graphic comic strip
  • Or any creative approach that you think is best!

There are two categories:

  • category 1 (ages 8 – 13)
  • category 2 (ages 14 – 18).

One winner from each category will be invited to act as a Young Provost alongside Provost John McMillan at a number of events throughout 2018.

The winners will also be presented with a goody bag of gifts from East Lothian tourist attractions including tickets to Musselburgh Racecourse’s Family Day on 24 July; a family ticket to the Discovery Centre at North Berwick’s Scottish Seabird Centre and tickets for the Seabird Catamaran Cruise; four tickets for a Foxfall Ropes Course session and a Ringo session at Foxlake Adventures in Dunbar; and a family swim voucher to enjoy at one of enjoyleisure’s facilities.

A number of shortlisted entrants will also be invited to an event hosted by the Provost and presented with a Highly Commended certificate and a book token voucher at which the winners in each category will be announced.

Provost John McMillan added:

“I have no doubt that this competition will bring out some really wonderfully fun, creative and innovative ideas, which will make judging all the more difficult! But I’m really looking forward to seeing and hearing what bright suggestions and thoughts our young residents have. Not only that, I look forward to inviting the young winners in joining me as Provost in representing East Lothian throughout the year at local events which will recognise and celebrate local achievement.”

The winning entries, plus a selection of entries received, will be on display at libraries throughout the county during the summer of 2018.

 

Rules, Terms and Conditions:

  • All young entrants must be resident in East Lothian.
  • All entries must be received by 9am on Friday 25 May 2018.
  • Entries should be sent to ‘If I were Provost’ competition, Communications, East Lothian Council, John Muir House, Brewery Park, Haddington EH31 3HA or emailed to communications@eastlothian.gov.uk (subject line: If I were Provost competition’).
  • The winners will be announced at the start of June 2018.
  • The winners will be expected to participate in publicity e.g. prize presentation photo, and should consent to photography being taken
  • The winning entries, as well as a selection of other entries, will be displayed at libraries throughout the county in the summer of 2018.
  • Entries should be accompanied by a completed competition entry form.

Download the entry form here

Published: Monday, 19th March 2018