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Matthew R

Matthew R

Name: Matthew Roud
Age: 16
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Dundee
Campaign: Encouraging young people to get involved with local decisions

As a Vice Chair on Dundee Youth Council, I've seen the influence young people can have when it comes to local decision-making.

 

I don’t think enough young people understand just how powerful their voice to make change can be.

 

With the help of Fixers, we want to create a project that reaches out to young people in the Dundee area - and across Scotland - to help encourage them to step forward and get involved in their local community.

 

We’re young people who volunteer our time, and we can see the impact it has and what we get from it.

 

Hopefully other young people will feel as passionate as us and are willing to stand up for what they believe in.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:

 

Colleen Brown Connor McDade
Dillon Kennedy Ehsan Salim
Gary Paterson Hazel Sharp
John Gillies Jordan Denver
Kirsty Gardiner Laura Gorman
Lee Forte Liam Stott
Louise Doak Louise Ireland
Melissa Gorman Michael Robb
Samuel Cook Scott Lamond
Sean McKenna Thomas McEachan

Dundee Youth Council

Myself and some of the Fixers involved in this Fix are Members of the Dundee Youth Council, who support our project. The film is being launched at a Scottish Youth Parliament Meeting taking place in Dundee on 27th October 2013. Members of the Youth Parliament will be able to hear about our campaign, watch our film and hopefully will share it with other young people in their communities.

Our Fixers film received a ministerial letter of recognition from the Scottish Government’s Rights Participation Team.

 

Ann-Marie O'Neill said: ‘It was great to see the short film "Speak Up, Speak Out" produced by Dundee Youth Council. The support from Fixers undoubtedly facilitated the making of a strong, engaging film around a topic which is very important to young scots today. Young people value the opportunity to express their own views freely, and it seems that organisations like Fixers are supporting this work in so many ways.’

 

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