An exhibition dedicated to showing how people have connected with the Scottish Parliament to achieve change moves to Eden Court, Inverness today. On Thursday, the Inverness-based Highland Children’s Forum will be launching a new DVD raising awareness of disabilities at the exhibition.
‘Moving Stories’ combines photographic portraits and audio-visual material to chart the experiences of ten people who - through campaigning and engaging with the Scottish Parliament - have made a difference in a devolved Scotland.
The interactive exhibition includes the story of Gemma Mackintosh from Inverness, who is a member of Haggeye - a project for young people aged 12 to 25 with visual impairments who campaign for accessible services, facilities and resources.
Commenting on the exhibition’s move to Inverness, the Parliament’s Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick MSP said:
“More than 200,000 people have already seen this exhibition as it has travelled across Scotland. I am delighted it continues to move around the country, as it is important that the Scottish Parliament connects with the drive, inspiration and ambition of our young people.
“There are many ways to get involved with the Parliament, whether it be through campaigning, submitting a petition or connecting with MSPs at a member-sponsored event or exhibition, and ‘Moving Stories’ aims to bring some of these methods to life.”
Highland Children’s Forum
The Highland Children’s Forum, who won last year’s Scottish Parliament Get the Picture! competition, will be launching their new DVD titled ‘Don’t Put Me in a Box!’ on Thursday 14 June at Eden Court Theatre as part of the Moving Stories Exhibition.
The DVD and a resource pack for teachers will also be available from the Forum’s stall at Eden Court in an effort to raise awareness of disabilities.
Please contact Celia Baxter at Highland Children’s Forum on 07789 680811 for more information.
The Moving Stories exhibition will remain on display at Eden Court until Monday 23 July.
The ten people featured in the exhibition are:
- Gemma Mackintosh, Highlands and Islands, campaigns for improved support for those living in Scotland with a visual impairment.
“I am one of the examples of many people with additional needs who have been failed by the education system. I want to change the system and how they deal with children with visual impairments.”
- Bob Reid, South of Scotland, submitted a petition to establish Off-Road Motorbike Facilities.
“I am a great believer that there is a key to every young person, no matter what their problems are… give them a new challenge, something they can relate to, something they can belong to.”
- Tina McGeever, Highlands and Islands, submitted an e petition on ability to access cancer drugs on NHS.
“We decided that we were going to start a campaign, although the word campaign didn’t really come into it at the time. Michael wrote a letter and I fired it off to everyone on my email and asked them to send it to their MSPs, so that was the start.”
- Walter Baxter, North East Scotland, organised a petition objecting to the merging of specialist care units for people suffering a brain haemorrhage.
“Having a brain injury is a very difficult scenario to go through, not only for yourself, but for the people who are looking after you. There is very little aftercare for people with brain injuries.”
- John Muir, West of Scotland, submitted a petition on tackling knife crime following the death of his son.
“I think that the public in Greenock and surrounding areas did recognise that the situation that Damian found himself in could have been their son or their daughter…something’s got to change.”
- Reverend Iain MacDonald, Highlands and Islands, led Time for Reflection in the Scottish Parliament.
“People here are thoroughly engaged with community, with social justice issues. A real community is defined by how it looks after its most needy.”
- John Macleod, Lothian, lodged two petitions on Gaelic matters and is heavily involved in Gaelic and Gaelic cultural matters in Edinburgh.
“What was behind the campaign was the need for special status for the language to enable sustainable developments for the future.
- Amal Azzudin, Glasgow, campaigned against the practice of dawn raids on failed asylum seekers.
“What the campaign has achieved more than anything is raising awareness…that was all we could do.”
- Claire Ewing, Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament.
“Politics is everywhere and everything but young people don’t see that… If you want it then you’ll fight for it…you need to believe in yourself and believe in what you’re doing.”
- Rebecca Brown, Central Scotland, carried out a work placement at her local MSP constituency office.
“The realisation that politics is everything. You don’t really have an option…you really should be involved, it’s going to affect you anyway.”