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Posted On: 17th Jul 2014

Support for Rural Youth

Fixer Sandy Campbell
Scottish Highlands
Young people from the Highlands

Concerned that life in the Scottish Highlands can be an isolating experience for young people, Sandy Campbell and his team want more support for those living in rural communities.

 

The 17-year-old from Lochinver, Scotland says there are not enough opportunities for others like him, and what prospects there may be are often unreachable due to poor transport links.

 

‘I wouldn’t change growing up in the Highlands because it's my home,' says Sandy.

 

‘People often see the perks of living here but don’t realise the dilemmas we young people face.

 

‘Although the schools are good, for many of us it can take an hour each way and going off to university would almost certainly mean moving away.

 

‘We want decision-makers to be aware of the issues that affect us and to have the views of young people taken seriously.’

 

With Fixers, the group have helped create a short film looking at what life is like for a young person in the Highlands.

 

While showcasing the area’s stunning landscapes, the satirical piece also explores how certain issues can make others their age feel isolated and alone.

 

‘We wanted to take a serious subject and give it a comedic twist,’ he adds.

 

‘It’s important that other young people like us know that there is someone out there trying to make things easier for them.

 

‘Living here is great - we just wish it could be enjoyed more.’

 

As well as sharing their film on social media, Sandy and his team plan on showing it to local MSPs and youth services.

 

‘Young people don’t have many opportunities in our area and if we don’t get support to make changes, then sadly many of us will have no choice but to leave our communities,' he explains.

 

‘We’re here and have lots to say - all we want is a voice.’

 

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