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Posted On: 24th Mar 2014

Understanding Scotland's Referendum

Fixer Cara Clinton (front right) with the panel and event host
The panel answer questions at Cara's event
An audience of young people quiz political figures

Cumbernauld Fixers have made it possible for young people to quiz political figures about the Scottish Referendum, in the hope it will encourage more of them to vote in September.


Led by 20-year-old Cara Clinton, the group held a ‘Question Time’ style debate on the topic of Scottish independence.


Its aim was to provide young people, aged 15 to 25, with the facts they need to make their choice on Scotland’s future.


‘I think it went well. The young people seemed really interested,’ says Cara.


‘Before the event, I felt I would’ve accomplished a great deal if it helped young people understand more about the referendum and feel slightly more confident with their vote.


‘The young people I've spoken to so far have said they enjoyed it, understand a bit more and have been given a boost to go and do further research.’


The Fixers, who are members of the Cumbernauld YMCA-YWCA, launched their campaign after becoming concerned that information relating to the referendum was too confusing and packed with political jargon.


They wanted to help other young people appreciate the implications of both sides, before they head to the polls on 18th September.


Around sixty young people attended the event on Friday 21st March and were able to ask questions of the panel.


Panellists included Zara Kitson of the Scottish Green Party, Kyle Thornton, Chair of Scottish Youth Parliament, Ken Macintosh MSP and Amy-Leigh Wilson and Steven Murray, who are both members of the Cumbernauld YMCA-YWCA youth committee.


Hear what young people and participants had to say about the event by watching the video at the top of this page.


Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, was invited to host the discussion, which took place at Carronvale House in Stirlingshire.


‘Whatever the result of the referendum, children and young people will be living with the consequences longer than any other age group so it will have a very long lasting impact on their lives,’ says Tam.


‘For all young Scots, this is a once in a lifetime chance to consider how we are governed in the future.’


Cara adds: ‘The debate was not only a way to inform people about the implications of voting yes or no, but also to encourage young people to care more about politics.


‘This decision could affect the rest of our lives so it’s crucial that others our age are passionate about having a voice.


‘After all, we are the future so it’s about time we start having a say in it.’


This Fixers project was supported by Sanctuary Scotland.


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Scroll down to see photographs from the event.


Fixer Cara Clinton's referendum debate gets underway



An audience of around sixty people gather for the 'Question Time' style event



The audience get involved



(L-R) Steven Murray, Cumbernauld YMCA-YWCA Youth Committee member, Kyle Thornton, Chair of Scottish Youth Parliament, Zara Kitson, Scottish Green Party, Tam Baillie, Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, Lead Fixer Cara Clinton, Ken Macintosh MSP and Amy-Leigh Wilson, Cumbernauld YMCA-YWCA Youth Committee Member



Lead Fixer Cara Clinton with her family at the event

Author: Emily Tolloczko


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