The Year of Young People Visits Programme



Working in partnership with Young Scot, Youth Link Scotland and four volunteers aged 16-20, we’re bringing the Parliament and young people together during the year of young people through the Presiding Officer’s visits programme.

What do I need to do?

Show the Presiding Officer what life is like for you. It's your chance to meet with him to share your experiences and inspirations with him.

Perhaps you are inspired by individuals who have achieved great things on an international platform. Or maybe there is someone in your life whose smile helps you keep going.

All types of nomination will be considered so please show us what matters to you by answering this question:

How would you show the Presiding Officer what inspires you in your life, what helps you keep moving forward?

How to enter

In order to participate, you need to be aged between 8-26 years old and live in Scotland. We need your nominations to reach us by 5pm on 17 August.

It’s up to you how you think you can best show the Presiding Officer your inspirations. To take part, you can send us your nomination in one of the following ways:  

  • 300 words with 1 image,
  • up to 20 photos (optional captions)
  • a 3 minute video (optional captions)
  • a 3 minute audio file. 

There is a short form to fill in too, so we know how to get back in touch with you.

You can answer by yourself or with others as a group, in any language. Please send your nomination and form by email to

Please note: If you’ve already submitted your answer but not received a confirmation email, please contact us at to ensure we have received your submission.

You can also submit by post to:

YOYP Visit
Room DG.08
The Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP

What happens when I submit my answer?

The Presiding Officer will select to meet with eight young people, or groups of young people from across Scotland. These visits will happen in your local community, at the Scottish Parliament, or in your online safe space.

Would you like him to paint in your art club? Is there someone important in your life he should meet? Maybe you strive to be your best playing sport with your friends, or have a support group where you can really be yourself and share your experiences. What you share is up to you.

If successful, your nomination will define the visit and we will work together to create a visit that shows life as you see it. Our Presiding Officer can help you share your thoughts with more people, inspiring them and helping the people of Scotland know what is important to you.

How will we select visits?

Nominations of all types will be considered and our group of volunteers will work with us to identify potential visits for the Presiding Officer. When we begin to look at the nominations, we will be looking to find 8 that between them reflect all of Scotland, so we will think about making sure we have:

  • Urban and rural locations
  • Groups and individuals
  • A range of ages
  • People or projects based in a school, and outside of education
  • Inspiration sources that are local as well as national or international

Those that can visit the Scottish Parliament as well as those that we can visit across Scotland or engage with online.

For those who are not selected to secure a visit from the Presiding Officer, we will look for opportunities to engage with you another way, which may include requesting to share your information with relevant MSPs, who may get in touch about more opportunities for you or your group to get involved in.

Who is the Presiding Officer?

Find out more about the Presiding Officer, who represents the Parliament, on our webpage.

Keeping your data safe

We are committed to keeping your data safe.

To find out about how we will use your data see our privacy notice:

Privacy Notice (53KB pdf)

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